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Hydroxyzine - Indications, Dosage, Side Effects and Precautions

Written by Anushta Chandrapalan, M.Sc  | Medically Checked by S. Hemamalini, B. Pharm
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Information about Hydroxyzine

Generic Name : Hydroxyzine
Up-to-date prescription details regarding Hydroxyzine are provided here.
Pronunciation : hye drox' i zeen
Learn the correct pronunciation of the Hydroxyzine, understand it's uses, recommended dosages, its indications, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, warnings and its and its storage instructions.
You will also find a list of the medication's International and Indian brand or trade names, as well as its pricing information. For verification of the information presented on this page or for additional clarifications, it's advisable to consult your doctor.
ICD Code : Y55.5 | Therapeutic Classification : Antihistamines And Decongestants

Trade Names/Brand Names of Hydroxyzine

India : 


International : 

Anx, Atarax, Atazine, Hypam, Rezine, Vistaril

Why is Hydroxyzine Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is an antihistamine with anticholinergic effect, prescribed for anxiety and tension. It is also used for pruritus and urticaria.  


When should Hydroxyzine not be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated in patients with hypersensitivity and during early pregnancy.

What is the dosage of Hydroxyzine?

Pruritus: The recommended dose is 25 mg given 3 or 4 times daily.
Anxiety and tension: The recommended dose is 50 to 100 mg 4 times daily.

How should Hydroxyzine be taken?

It comes as a tablet, syrup and drops to take by mouth, with or without food.
It also comes as a solution for injection to be administered by a healthcare provider into the large muscle.

What are the warnings and precautions for Hydroxyzine?

• Caution should be exercised in patients with asthma, increased eye pressure, difficulty in urinating, intestinal blockage, prostate disease, blood dyscriasis, any allergy, who are taking other medications, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

It may cause drowsiness, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.

It should not be used in newborns.

What are the side effects of Hydroxyzine?

   Anticholinergic : Dry mouth.
   Central Nervous System : Drowsiness and headache.
   Body as a Whole : Allergic reactions.
   Psychiatric : Hallucinations.
   Skin : Itching, rash and hives.

What are the other precautions for Hydroxyzine?

Avoid alcohol consumption.

What are the storage conditions for Hydroxyzine?

Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of the reach of children. Store it at room temperature.

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Last Updated : August 11, 2022
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saharan61, India

very usefull information .

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