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