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    Information about Hydroxyzine

    Hydroxyzine uses

    Hydroxyzine is used in the treatment of allergic skin conditions and Anxiety.

    How hydroxyzine works

    Hydroxyzine is an antihistaminic medication. In allergy, it works by blocking the action of a chemical messenger (histamine). This relieves allergy symptoms such as itching, swelling, and rashes. In short-term anxiety, it works by decreasing the activity in brain, thereby helping you feel relaxed/sleepy.

    Common side effects of hydroxyzine

    Sedation, Nausea, Vomiting, Stomach upset, Constipation, Diarrhea, Loss of appetite
    Content Details
    Written By
    Dr. Love Sharma
    PhD (Pharmacology), PGDPRA
    Reviewed By
    Dr. Varun Gupta
    MD (Pharmacology), MBBS
    Last updated on:
    27 Dec 2019 | 01:08 PM (IST)
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    Expert advice for Hydroxyzine

    • You have been prescribed Hydroxyzine to treat allergy symptoms such as such as itching, swelling, and rashes or relieve/treat mild anxiety.
    • May decrease your alertness. Avoid driving or using machinery if this happens to you.
    • Avoid drinking alcohol when taking the Hydroxyzine, as it may cause excessive sleepiness or drowsiness.
    • Inform your doctor if you have a heart disease as Hydroxyzine may increase the risk of heart problems.
    • Inform your doctor if you have ever been diagnosed with kidney or liver problems.

    Frequently asked questions for Hydroxyzine


    Q. Is Hydroxyzine hydrochloride a steroid/ narcotic/ benzo/ pain killer /addictive?

    Hydroxyzine is an antihistaminic drug and not a steroid/ narcotic/ benzo/ pain killer/ addictive. Patients should follow the advice of the doctor regarding its use

    Q. Is Hydroxyzine a controlled substance/ over the counter (OTC)?

    No, Hydroxyzine is not a controlled substance. It is available from a pharmacy on providing a doctor's prescription.

    Content on this page was last updated on 27 December, 2019, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)