hydroxyzine (Vistaril)

November 11, 2016 − by Contributor − in Allergies − Comments Off on hydroxyzine (Vistaril)

What is hydroxyzine (Vistaril)?

Hydroxyzine is an antihistamine with anticholinergic (drying) and sedative properties that is used to treat allergic reactions.

What brand names are available for hydroxyzine?

  • Vistaril is the brand name available for hydroxyzine in the US.
  • Atarax and Hy-Pam25, Orgatrax brands have been discontinued and are no longer available in the US.

Is hydroxyzine (Vistaril) available as a generic drug?


Do I need a prescription for hydroxyzine (Vistaril)?


Why is hydroxyzine (Vistaril) prescribed to patients?

  • Hydroxyzine is used for the relief of pruritus (itching) caused by various allergic conditions.
  • Hydroxyzine also is used to treat anxiety and tension, and inducing sedation prior to or after anesthesia.
  • Hydroxyzine also is used to treat nausea, vomiting, and alcohol withdrawal.

What are the side effects of hydroxyzine (Vistaril)?

Common side effects of hydroxyzine are:

  • Sedation
  • Tiredness
  • Sleepiness
  • Dizziness
  • Disturbed coordination
  • Drying and thickening of oral and other respiratory secretions
  • Stomach distress

Other important side effects include:

Hydroxyzine should be used with caution (if at all) in persons with narrow-angle glaucoma, prostatic hypertrophy (enlarged prostate gland), hyperthyroidism, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and asthma.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/11/2016

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