Atarax Side Effects Center

Last updated on RxList: 7/30/2020
Atarax Side Effects Center

What Is Atarax

Atarax (hydroxyzine hydrochloride) is an antihistamine with anticholinergic (drying) and sedative properties used for symptomatic relief of anxiety and tension associated with psychoneurosis and as an adjunct in organic disease states in which anxiety is manifested.

Atarax is available in generic form.

What Are Side Effects of Atarax

Common side effects of Atarax include

  • drowsiness,
  • dizziness,
  • blurred vision,
  • constipation, or
  • dry mouth.

Tell your doctor if you experience serious side effects of Atarax including:

  • mental/mood changes (such as restlessness, confusion, hallucinations),
  • shaking (tremor),
  • difficulty urinating, or
  • fast/irregular heartbeat

Dosage for Atarax

For symptomatic relief of anxiety and tension associated with psychoneurosis and as an adjunct in organic disease states in which anxiety is manifested the adult dose of Atarax is 50-100 mg four times/day. Hydroxyzine Hydrochloride is administered orally in the form of tablets.

What Drugs, Substances, or Supplements Interact with Atarax

Hydroxyzine Hydrochloride should be used with caution if used in combination with CNS depressants. Therefore, when central nervous system depressants are administered concomitantly with hydroxyzine their dosage should be reduced.

Atarax and Pregnancy

During pregnancy, Atarax should be used only if prescribed. It is unknown if Atarax passes into breast milk. Breastfeeding while using Atarax is not recommended.

Additional Information

Our Hydroxyzine Hydrochloride Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.


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Side effects reported with the administration of hydroxyzine hydrochloride are usually mild and transitory in nature.

Anticholinergic: Dry mouth.

Central Nervous System: Drowsiness is usually transitory and may disappear in a few days of continued therapy or upon reduction of the dose. Involuntary motor activity including rare instances of tremor and convulsions have been reported, usually with doses considerably higher than those recommended. Clinically significant respiratory depression has not been reported at recommended doses.

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Atarax (Hydroxyzine Hydrochloride)


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