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For symptomatic relief of anxiety and tension associated with psychoneurosis and as an adjunct in organic disease states in which anxiety is manifested.
As a sedative when used as premedication and following general anesthesia, hydroxyzine may potentiate meperidine and barbiturates, so their use in pre-anesthetic adjunctive therapy should be modified on an individual basis. Atropine and other belladonna alkaloids are not affected by the drug. Hydroxyzine is not known to interfere with the action of digitalis in any way and it may be used concurrently with this agent.
The effectiveness of hydroxyzine as an antianxiety agent for long term use, that is more than 4 months, has not been assessed by systematic clinical studies. The physician should reassess periodically the usefulness of the drug for the individual patient.
DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION
For symptomatic relief of anxiety and tension associated with psychoneurosis and as an adjunct in organic disease states in which anxiety is manifested: in adults, 50-100 mg q.i.d.; children under 6 years, 50 mg daily in divided doses and over 6 years, 50-100 mg daily in divided doses.
For use in the management of pruritus due to allergic conditions such as chronic urticaria and atopic and contact dermatoses, and in histamine-mediated pruritus: in adults, 25 mg t.i.d. or q.i.d.; children under 6 years, 50 mg daily in divided doses and over 6 years, 50-100 mg daily in divided doses.
As a sedative when used as a premedication and following general anesthesia: 50-100 mg in adults, and 0.6 mg/kg of body weight in children.
When treatment is initiated by the intramuscular route of administration, subsequent doses may be administered orally.
As with all medications, the dosage should be adjusted according to the patient's response to therapy.
Hydroxyzine Hydrochloride Tablets USP, 10 mg are 7/32", unscored, round, orange, film-coated tablets imprinted DAN and 5522 supplied in bottles of 100 and 500.
Hydroxyzine Hydrochloride Tablets USP, 25 mg are 7/32", unscored, round, green, film-coated tablets imprinted DAN and 5523 supplied in bottles of 100, 500 and 1000.
Hydroxyzine Hydrochloride Tablets USP, 50 mg are 10/32", unscored, round, yellow, film-coated tablets imprinted DAN and 5565 supplied in bottles of 100, 500 and 1000.
Dispense in a tight container with child-resistant closure.
Store at controlled room temperature 15°-30°C (59°-86°F).
Watson Laboratories, Inc, Corona, CA 92880 USA. Revised: September 2004. FDA rev date:This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.
Last reviewed on RxList: 5/13/2013
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