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Hydroxyzine is classified as an antihistamine and works in two ways to combat allergic symptoms in the body—it decreases certain activity in the brain and also actually blocks histamine. Hydroxyzine's primary use is to prevent or decrease itching caused by certain allergic reactions in or on the skin. Hydroxyzine also is prescribed as a pre and post anesthesia sedative for surgery.


Your compounding pharmacist can compound hydroxyzine into a form of delivery that works best for you. Syrups, suspensions, tablets, and capsules are all popular methods of delivery. This medicine is typically taken three to four times daily or as directed by a physician. Consult with your compounding pharmacist if you have further questions during your course.


Side effects may present while using hydroxyzine and they may be quite different from individual to individual. Some patients may experience no side effects at all though others may experience one or a few side effects. Commonly seen side effects are as follows:

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Dry Mouth
  • Confusion
  • Constipation

Other side effects are possible. Seek medical attention right away if you feel it is warranted, and/or if any side effects are becoming worse and/or lingering.

See Your Doctor Immediately:

If you experience any of the following potentially serious side effects or symptoms, see your doctor immediately:

  • Rash
  • Pus-filled Sores or Blisters / Swelling and Redness / Fever
  • Involuntary Trembling
  • Shaking
  • Seizures
  • Irregular Heartbeat
  • Slowed Heart Rate
  • Short of Breath
  • Puffiness in Face, Lips, Tongue, Around Eyes
  • Extreme Tiredness
  • Weakness
  • Fainting
  • Difficulty Swallowing
  • Chest Discomfort or Pain
  • Chest Tightness


If your doctor has decided that hydroxyzine is necessary for your care and treatment, talk to him or her about all possible contraindications and discuss your options. Never take any medication without first consulting with your doctor.

Anyone with any of the following conditions, diseases, or situations should not take hydroxyzine unless they have discussed their condition in detail with their primary care doctor and he or she has decided the benefits of use are worth the risks.

  • Chronic Heart Failure
  • Heart Attack
  • Abnormal EKG
  • Peptic Ulcer
  • Pregnancy
  • Constipation
  • Low Magnesium Level in Blood
  • Low Potassium Level in Blood
  • Wide Angle Glaucoma
  • Closed Angle Glaucoma
  • Enlarged Prostate
  • Blockage of Urinary Bladder
  • Unable to Empty Bladder
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