Generic Name: Atarax Brand Name(s): Generics only. No brands available.


What is Atarax® (Hydroxyzine) used for?

Atarax® is commonly used as a sedative to treat anxiety and tension. It is also used together with other medications given for anesthesia.

Besides, Atarax® is used to treat allergic skin reactions such as hives or contact dermatitis.

How should I take Atarax® (Hydroxyzine)?

Take Atarax® tablets/syrup by mouth, with or without food, with a full glass of water. Use a measuring device marked for Atarax® syrup.

How do I store Atarax® (Hydroxyzine)?

Atarax® is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Atarax® in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Atarax® that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush Atarax® down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using Atarax® (Hydroxyzine)?

Consult with your doctor or pharmacist, if:

  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
  • You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
  • You have allergy with any ingredients of Atarax® or other medications.
  • You have a seizure disorder, liver disease, or kidney disease.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using Atarax® during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Atarax®. Atarax® is pregnancy risk category N, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

FDA pregnancy risk category reference below:

  • A=No risk;
  • B=No risk in some studies;
  • C=There may be some risk;
  • D=Positive evidence of risk;
  • X=Contraindicated;
  • N=Unknown.

This drug should not be given to nursing mothers. Excreted into human milk.

Side effects

What side effects can occur from Atarax® (Hydroxyzine)?

Drowsiness, dizziness, blurred vision, constipation, or dry mouth may occur.

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.


What drugs may interact with Atarax® (Hydroxyzine)?

Atarax® may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Avoid taking Atarax® with other antihistamines (such as diphenhydramine), drugs for sleep or anxiety (such as alprazolam, diazepam, zolpidem), muscle relaxants, and narcotic pain relievers (such as codeine).

Does food or alcohol interact with Atarax® (Hydroxyzine)?

Atarax® may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with Atarax® (Hydroxyzine)?

Atarax® may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have, especially:

  • Epilepsy or other seizure disorder;
  • Asthma, emphysema, or other breathing problem;
  • Glaucoma;
  • Heart disease or high blood pressure;
  • Stomach ulcer, blockage in your stomach or intestines;
  • Thyroid disorder;
  • Enlarged prostate or problems with urination;
  • Liver disease;
  • Kidney disease.


The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using this medication.

What is the dose of Atarax® (Hydroxyzine) for an adult?


50-100mg daily in divided doses.


Starting dose of 25mg at night increasing as necessary to 25mg three or four times daily.

What is the dose of Atarax® (Hydroxyzine) for a child?

In children up to 40 kg in weight: the maximum daily dose is 2 mg/kg/day.

From 6 months to 6 years: 5-15mg daily in divided doses adjusted depending on the child’s weight.

In children and adolescents over 40kg in weight: the maximum daily dose is 100mg per day.

For children over 6 years: starting at 15-25mg and increasing to 50-100mg daily in divided doses adjusted according to the child’s weight.

How is Atarax® (Hydroxyzine) available?

Atarax® is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Atarax® tablet 25mg;
  • Atarax® Film-coated tablets 10 mg;
  • Atarax® syrup 200ml;
  • Atarax® injection 100 mg/2 ml.

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services (115) or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of Atarax®, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Review Date: November 2, 2016 | Last Modified: January 4, 2017

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