October 31, 2014
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Atarax Syrup

(hydroxyzine)

DIN (Drug Identification Number)

00024694 ATARAX 10MG/5ML SYRUP

How does Atarax Syrup work? What will it do for me?

Hydroxyzine belongs to the class of medications called antihistamines. It is used to relieve itching and other symptoms caused by allergic conditions. It can help to alleviate itching due to an adverse reaction to opiod medications. It works by blocking the actions of one of the body's natural chemicals known as histamine. Histamine is responsible for many of the symptoms seen when an allergic reaction occurs. The calming effects of hydroxyzine result from its sedating side effect.

It is also used to manage anxiety and tension caused by situations such as dental procedures or acute emotional problems. Hydroxyzine is sometimes used as part of the treatment of alcoholism. Hydroxyzine is also used to control nausea and vomiting (except in pregnancy).

Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.

Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.

How should I use Atarax Syrup?

For adults, the recommended dose of hydroxyzine when taken by mouth ranges from 25 mg to 100 mg, 3 or 4 times a day.

For children under 6 years of age, the daily dose when taken by mouth is 30 mg to 50 mg in divided doses.

For children over 6 years of age, the daily dose is 50 mg to 100 mg in divided doses.

Hydroxyzine may be taken with or without food.

Many things can affect the dose of a medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.

It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.

This medication is available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms listed here. The forms available for the specific brand you have searched are listed under "What form(s) does this medication come in?"

Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.





What form(s) does Atarax Syrup come in?

Each 5 mL of mint-flavoured syrup contains hydroxyzine hydrochloride 10 mg and sodium benzoate 1.5 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: sucrose, water, alcohol, menthol, spearmint oil, peppermint oil, and hydrochloric acid (for pH adjustment).

Who should NOT take Atarax Syrup?

Hydroxyzine should not be taken by anyone who:

  • is allergic to hydroxyzine or to any of the ingredients of the medication
  • is in early pregnancy

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