Hydroxyzine Hydrochloride

DRUG DESCRIPTION

Hydroxyzine hydrochloride is designated chemically as 2-[2-[4-(p-Chloro-?-phenylbenzyl)-1-piperazinyl]ethoxy] ethanol dihydrochloride.

Hydroxyzine hydrochloride structural formula illustration

C21H27CIN2022HCI M.W. 447.83

Hydroxyzine hydrochloride occurs as a white, odorless powder which is very soluble in water.

Hydroxyzine Hydrochloride Tablets USP, 10 mg, 25 mg and 50 mg contain the following inactive ingredients: anhydrous lactose, colloidal silicon dioxide, croscarmellose sodium, FD&C Yellow No. 6, hypromellose, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, polyethylene glycol, polysorbate 80 and titanium dioxide.

Hydroxyzine Hydrochloride Tablets USP, 25 mg and 50 mg also contain D&C Yellow No. 10 and FD&C Blue No. 2.

What are the precautions when taking hydroxyzine hydrochloride (Hydroxyzine Hydrochloride)?

Before taking hydroxyzine, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to cetirizine; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: breathing problems (e.g., emphysema, asthma), a certain eye problem (glaucoma), heart problems, high blood pressure, kidney problems, liver problems, seizures, stomach/intestine problems (e.g., ulcer, blockage), overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism), problems urinating (e.g., due to enlarged prostate, bladder blockage).

This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy or cause blurred vision. Do not drive, use...

Read All Potential Precautions of Hydroxyzine Hydrochloride


Hydroxyzine Hydrochloride Consumer (continued)

SIDE EFFECTS: Drowsiness, dizziness, blurred vision, dry mouth, or headache may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

To relieve dry mouth, suck on sugarless hard candy or ice chips, chew sugarless gum, drink water, or use a saliva substitute.

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but serious side effects occur: mental/mood changes (e.g., worsening anxiety, confusion, hallucinations), shaking (tremor), decreased/painful urination, vision changes.

Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: pounding/irregular heartbeat, seizures.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

In the US -

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.

PRECAUTIONS: Before taking hydroxyzine, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to cetirizine; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: breathing problems (e.g., emphysema, asthma), a certain eye problem (glaucoma), heart problems, high blood pressure, kidney problems, liver problems, seizures, stomach/intestine problems (e.g., ulcer, blockage), overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism), problems urinating (e.g., due to enlarged prostate, bladder blockage).

This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy or cause blurred vision. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness or clear vision until you are sure you can perform such activities safely. Limit alcoholic beverages.

Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are using this medication.

Liquid forms of this medication may contain sugar and/or alcohol. Caution is advised if you have diabetes, alcohol dependence, or liver disease. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about the safe use of this product.

Caution is advised when using this drug in children because they may be more sensitive to its effects. This drug can often cause excitement in young children instead of drowsiness.

Caution is advised when using this drug in the elderly because they may be more sensitive to the side effects of the drug, especially drowsiness and confusion.

This medication should be used only when clearly needed during the last six months of pregnancy. It is not recommended for use during the first three months of pregnancy due to possible harm to the unborn baby. If you become pregnant or think you may be pregnant, inform your doctor immediately.

It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.



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