Hydroxyzine can be used to relieve symptoms such as:
It may be used for short term treatment of insomnia (sleep problems) as well.
It may be given to you for other reasons. Do check with your doctor what you are taking this for.
Potential side effects
All medicines may cause side effects. However, many people do not experience them.
Most of the side effects listed here will improve with time. Speak with your doctor or pharmacist if they persist, become bothersome or worsen.
Do not drive or operate any machinery.
Discuss with your doctor if you can take your medicine at a different time of the day.
Serious side effects
Seek medical help as soon as possible if you have any of the following signs or symptoms:
Take note that the side effects listed here are not exhaustive. Do seek medical attention if you have other symptoms that you think may be related to the medicine.
What do I need to tell my doctor before I take this medicine?
This medicine may interaction with a number of other medicines. Inform your doctor if you are taking or intend to take other medicines or supplements. Avoid alcohol while taking this medicine.
Take the medicine exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow the instructions on the medicine label or as advised by the pharmacist.
Hydroxyzine can be taken with or without food.
Avoid taking alcohol while you are on this medicine as it will cause excessive drowsiness.
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take the next one at your usual timing.
Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
If you are uncertain of when to take the next dose please consult your health care professional.
If you take more than the dose prescribed to you by your doctor, consult your doctor or health care professional immediately.
Throw away any unused or expired medicines. Consult your medical professional if you are unsure with respect to how to safely dispose of any excess medicines/expired medicines.
What are the things I need to know or look out for while on this medicine?
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