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What Does Hydroxyzine Treat?

Hydroxyzine (Atarax®, Vistaril®) is a prescription antihistamine used to treat several conditions, such as:
  • Itching associated with the following problems:
  • Anxiety, tension, and agitation associated with psychiatric disorders or before dental procedures
  • General nausea and vomiting.
This medication can also be used to cause sedation, relieve nausea and vomiting, and allow for a reduced dosage of opioids in the following situations:
  • Before and after general anesthesia
  • Before and after childbirth.
The following medical conditions can be treated with hydroxyzine in an off-label fashion:
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Insomnia
  • Alcohol withdrawal
  • Opioid withdrawal.
(Click What Is Hydroxyzine Used For? for a more in-depth look at how this medicine is used, including possible off-label purposes and whether it is approved for children.)
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