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Pharmacy Author: Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

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Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

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Hydroxyzine is an antihistamine with anticholinergic (drying) and sedative properties that is used to treat allergic reactions.

What brand names are available for hydroxyzine?Vistaril is the brand name available for hydroxyzine in the US. Atarax and Hy-Pam25, Orgatrax brands have been discontinued and are no longer available in the US. Is hydroxyzine (Vistaril) available as a generic drug?

Yes

Do I need a prescription for hydroxyzine (Vistaril)?

Yes

Why is hydroxyzine (Vistaril) prescribed to patients?Hydroxyzine is used for the relief of pruritus (itching) caused by various allergic conditions. Hydroxyzine also is used to treat anxiety and tension, and inducing sedation prior to or after anesthesia. Hydroxyzine also is used to treat nausea, vomiting, and alcohol withdrawal. What are the side effects of hydroxyzine (Vistaril)?

Common side effects of hydroxyzine are:

Sedation Tiredness Sleepiness Dizziness Disturbed coordination Drying and thickening of oral and other respiratory secretions Stomach distress

Other important side effects include:

Confusion Dry mouth Nervousness Irritability Blurred vision Double vision Tremor Seizure Loss of appetite Nausea

Hydroxyzine should be used with caution (if at all) in persons with narrow-angle glaucoma, prostatic hypertrophy (enlarged prostate gland), hyperthyroidism, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and asthma.

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