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A Closer Look at Hydroxyzine Indications

How Does Hydroxyzine Work?

Hydroxyzine belongs to a group of medications known as antihistamines. It works for allergic reactions or itching reactions to opioids by blocking histamine receptors. It probably works for anxiety by activating certain parts of the brain. The drug can also cause skeletal muscles to relax.
 
In addition, hydroxyzine blocks acetylcholine receptors, which is probably why it helps to alleviate nausea.
 

Using Hydroxyzine in Children

Hydroxyzine can be used in children, and clear dosing recommendations have been established for this age group (see Hydroxyzine Dosage).
 

Is Hydroxyzine Used for Off-Label Reasons?

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend hydroxyzine for something other than the uses discussed in this article. Off-label uses for hydroxyzine may include treating the following medical conditions:
 
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Insomnia
  • Alcohol withdrawal
  • Opioid withdrawal.
     
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Hydroxyzine Drug Information

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