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Atarax is an antihistamine medication that your doctor may prescribe to treat hives and contact dermatitis and to take care of your runny nose or watery eyes caused by allergens. When you are exposed to pollen, pet dander, mold or other triggers that set your immune system in motion, your body releases histamine from nearby cells that cause small blood vessels and surrounding skin to expand. This causes inflammation that can cause your eyes to water, nose to run, or skin to itch. This is how your immune system tries to get rid of the foreign material that causes your allergic reaction. Atarax is also available as syrup which is easier to administer to those that cannot swallow pills or tablets.
Atarax or generic Hydroxyzine HCl blocks the receptors in the cells of your body so histamine cannot be released. The swelling, inflammation, and redness are reduced and the discomfort of itchy hives or runny nose is relieved. Due to the sedative effects of Atarax, your doctor may also prescribe it to calm anxiety by slowing down your body’s central nervous system. Information About Histamine
Histamine is produced in several areas of your body, including a part of your brain where your vomit center is located. Taking Atarax before a car or plane ride or before you undergo a surgical procedure will help to limit the release of histamine that can cause you to vomit or become nauseous either from motion sickness or the anesthetic. Atarax may also be prescribed as a short-term solution or as needed for insomnia because it is non-addictive so you can start and stop taking Atarax without withdrawal symptoms.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or are breast feeding before taking Atarax as it can be harmful to your unborn or nursing baby. Use reliable contraception while taking Atarax and inform your doctor immediately if you become pregnant. Discuss your medical history with your doctor and list any over the counter or Rx medications you are taking, including herbal preparations and dietary or vitamin supplements. Having this knowledge allows your doctor to decide whether Atarax is the best medicine for your situation.
Atarax could affect your thinking or reactions; so you should avoid driving, operating machinery, or performing other tasks that are considered unsafe until you know how your body reacts to the drug. Drinking alcohol while taking Atarax could increase these side effects. Older individuals may be more sensitive to any side effects of Atarax so read and follow directions carefully.