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Hydroxyzine pamoate (Atarax®, Vistaril®) is a prescription antihistamine approved for several uses, such as treating anxiety, relieving itching, and causing sedation before and after general anesthesia. However, because this medication is not suitable for everyone, make sure to review the prescribing information on hydroxyzine pamoate before starting treatment.
For example, you may not be able to take hydroxyzine pamoate if you have certain medical conditions, such as glaucoma, heart disease, or an enlarged prostate. Also, you may not be able to safely use it if you are currently taking certain medications, including some vitamins, herbal supplements, and nonprescription medications.
Although most people do not experience problems with hydroxyzine pamoate, side effects are possible, such as dry mouth, drowsiness, and headaches.
This medicine is available in the following strengths and forms:
  • Hydroxyzine pamoate 25 mg capsules
  • Hydroxyzine pamoate 50 mg capsules
  • Hydroxyzine pamoate 100 mg capsules
  • Hydroxyzine pamoate 25 mg per 5 mL oral suspension.
(Click Hydroxyzine for a more in-depth look at important information on hydroxyzine pamoate, a medication used for treating a variety of conditions. This article discusses how the drug works, lists possible side effects, and offers some general tips on when and how to take it.)
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