Atarax Tablets (Hydroxyzine Hydrochloride Tablets) – Product Information
Atarax tablets (hydroxyzine hydrochloride) is a medicine that is used for the treatment of itching caused by allergies. It blocks histamine, a naturally produced substance, in the body during an allergic reaction. Atarax is also used as a sedative to treat short term anxiety disorders. Atarax tablets are available in strengths of 10 mg and 25 mg.
Name of Drug
Manufacturer of Atarax Tablets (Hydroxyzine HCL Tablets)
UCB India Pvt. Ltd. (Division of UCB Belgium).
Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient
The active pharmaceutical ingredient present in Atarax tablets is hydroxyzine hydrochloride.
Mechanism of Action
Atarax (hydroxyzine hydrochloride) is an oral drug which is rapidly absorbed from the gastro-intestinal tract. Atarax produces therapeutic effect within 30 minutes of intake.
Hydroxyzine HCL is a potent histamine H1 receptor reverse antagonist. It blocks the activity of histamine in the body. Histamine is a naturally produced substance by the body in response to an irritant (allergen) leading to an allergic reaction.
hydroxyzine hydrochloride also acts as 5-HT2A, and as alpha adrenergic receptor antagonist. hydroxyzine hydrochloride’s antiserotogenic effects make it an effective anxiolytic (anti-anxiety).
Uses of Atarax Tablets (Hydroxyzine HCL Tablets)
Hydroxyzine hydrochloride is used for the treatment of allergic conditions like chronic utricaria, atopic or contact dermatoses, and histamine-mediated pruritus.
Hydroxyzine HCL tablets are prescribed for the treatment of general anxiety disorders.
Atarax tablets are used in pre-operative sedation, and in treatment of neurological disorders, like psychoneurosis, and other anxiety/tension states.
Atarax Tablets (Hydroxyzine Hydrochloride Tablets) – Dosage
Atarax dosage for patients above 6 years of age for treatment of allergic conditions:
Atarax 25 mg tablets (hydroxyzine hydrochloride) three to four times a day in an interval of 6 to 8 hours. The maximum recommended dosage is 100 mg. Atarax dosage for patients below 6 years of age for treatment of allergic conditions:
Atarax 25 mg (hydroxyzine hydrochloride tablets) once to twice a day in an interval of 12 hours. The maximum recommended dosage is 50 mg. Atarax adult dosage for treatment of general anxiety, and tension:
Atarax 25 mg tablets (hydroxyzine hydrochloride) three to four times a day in an interval of 6 to 8 hours. The maximum recommended dosage is 100 mg. Atarax dosage for patients below 6 years of age for treatment of anxiety, and tension:
Atarax 25 mg tablets (hydroxyzine hydrochloride) once to twice a day in an interval of 12 hours. The maximum recommended dosage is 50 mg. Atarax dosage as a sedative when used as a premedication before operation, and after general anaesthesia:
Maximum recommended adult dosage of 50-100 mg, and 0.6 mg/kg of body weight in children.
Missed Dosage Instructions for Atarax Tablets
If you miss an Atarax (hydroxyzine hydrochloride tablets) dose, take one as soon as you can, but if the next scheduled dose time is near, wait until that next dose timing, and just skip the dose you’ve already missed.
Caution: You should NEVER take double doses or extra tablets of Atarax. Consult your physician further about missed doses, and for any other special instructions.
Storage Instructions for Atarax (Hydroxyzine HCL Tablets)
Store Atarax tablets at a cool place (25-30 degree Celsius temperature).
Keep tablets away from direct sunlight and moisture.
Warnings and Precautions to be taken when using Atarax (Hydroxyzine Hydrochloride Tablets)
Before using Atarax tablets please inform your doctor about all the medicines that you take including no prescription medications, over the counter medicines and herbal remedies.
Before taking Atarax consult a physician, and get tested for any possible allergies to Atarax or to Cetirizine, and Levocetirizine.
A dose adjustment of Atarax (hydroxyzine hydrochloride tablets) is necessary in patients suffering or with a history of liver diseases, kidney diseases, hyperthyroidism, and stomach/intestine problems (ulcers).
Atarax may cause dizziness, drowsiness or cause blurred vision. Do not drive, and use machinery when taking Atarax.
Children sometimes may be more sensitive to the side effects of Atarax, and it can often lead to excitement in young children instead of drowsiness, therefore a thorough medical history must be provided to the physician for dose adjustments.
In pregnancy Atarax (Hydroxyzine) should be taken only if advised by the physician. Nursing mothers should take Atarax (Hydroxyzine) only if advised by the physician.
Side Effects of Atarax Tablets (Hydroxyzine Hydrochloride Tablets)
Stop using Atarax, and consult a physician immediately, if after taking it any of the following mentioned signs of an allergic reaction are encountered: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. The other possible side effects of Atarax tablets are
- Restless movements in eyes, tongue, jaw, or neck.
- Tremors (uncontrolled shaking of body).
- Seizures (convulsions).
- Blurred vision.
- Dry mouth.
Atarax Tablets – Drug Interactions
Dose adjustments of Atarax are necessary, if being taken with alprazolam, diazepam, and zolpidem. Atarax may potentiate their pharmaceutical activity, if taken together.
Do not use with any other antihistamines applied to the skin (such as diphenhydramine cream, ointment or sprays) because it may potentiate the effects of Atarax.
Atarax (hydroxyzine hydrochloride) is similar to cetirizine, and levocetirizine. It is recommended not to use above mentioned medications when taking Atarax tablets.
Buy Atarax 25 mg and 10 mg Tablets (Hydroxyzine Hydrochloride Tablets) Online
You can buy Atarax tablets online at a cheap rate from the Swiss Pharmacy. Atarax pills (hydroxyzine hydrochloride) in 10 mg strength are priced at only $0.30 per unit if you place an order for 360 tablets whereas the 25 mg pills are priced at only $0.36 per unit for the same quantity.
This Product was added to our catalogue on Thursday, 24. January 2013.
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