Generic Name: Atarax-P (hye DROX ee zeen)Brand Names: ANX, Vistaril, Atarax, Vistaril IM, Hyzine, Vistaject-50, Rezine
Medically reviewed by Sophia Entringer, PharmD Last updated on Dec 18, 2018.
Rated Hydr Ox Yzine for Anxiety Report
Atarax-P is NOT a good medication for treating anxiety. I don’t have to be a nurse or DR to say this either. If you’re doctor prescribes this for your anxiety look for a new doctor. They do not care. All this is is basically Benadryl and does absolutely nothing except make you fall asleep and even then it only worked first night. Honestly this medication is a waste of time and money. I’m not sure how somebody can say this helps their anxiety when I’ve lived with anxiety my whole life and this didn’t even budge. Complete joke! Do not waste your time!
- Documented hypersensitivity or related product including cetirizine and levocetirizine and components of the formulation
- Prolonged QT interval
- SC, intra-arterial, or IV administration
Effects of Drug Abuse
- No information provided
- See "What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Atarax-P ?"
- See "What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Atarax-P ?”
- Nursing mothers
- May cause CNSdepression resulting in drowsiness; avoid driving or operating dangerous machinery
- May cause over-sedation and confusion in elderly patients; start on lower doses and monitor closely; avoid use
- Intramuscular (IM) only for parenteral use; switch to oral as soon as possible
- Use caution in patients with narrow-angle glaucoma, prostatic hyperplasia, or respiratory disease (asthma or COPD)
- Atarax-P may rarely cause acute generalized exanthematous pustulosis (AGEP), a serious skin reaction characterized by fever and numerous small, superficial, non-follicular, sterile pustules, arising within large areas of edematous erythema; if signs or symptoms suggest AGEP, do not resume use of Atarax-P and consider alternative therapy; avoid cetirizine or levocetirizine in patients who have experienced AGEP or other hypersensitivity reactions with Atarax-P, due to risk of cross-sensitivity
- Caution recommended during concomitant use of drugs known to prolong QT interval including Class 1A (e.g., quinidine, procainamide) or Class III (e.g., amiodarone, sotalol) antiarrhythmics, certain antipsychotics (e.g., ziprasidone, iloperidone, clozapine, quetiapine, chlorpromazine), certain antidepressants (e.g., citalopram, fluoxetine), certain antibiotics (e.g., azithromycin, erythromycin, clarithromycin, gatifloxacin, moxifloxacin); and others (e.g., pentamidine, methadone, ondansetron, droperidol)
- Atarax-P is considered to be contraindicated in early (1st trimester) pregnancy until more human pregnancy data available; limited experience in human pregnancy, either for drug itself or drugs in same class or with similar mechanisms of action, including 1st trimester, current limited data suggests that the drug does not represent a significant risk of developmental toxicity including growth restriction, structural anomalies, functional/behavioral deficits, or death at any time in pregnancy
- It is unknown if Atarax-P is excreted in milk; use with caution while breastfeeding
Before taking Atarax-P,
- tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to Atarax-P, cetirizine (Zyrtec), levocetirizine (Xyzal), any other medications, or any of the ingredients in Atarax-P preparations. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for a list of the ingredients.
- tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, and nutritional supplements you are taking or plan to take. Be sure to mention any of the following: antihistamines; azithromycin (Zithromax, ZMax), certain antidepressants such as citalopram (Celexa) and fluoxetine (Prozac, Sarafem, Selfemra); medications for anxiety; certain medications for arrhythmias such as amiodarone (Cordarone, Nexterone, Pacerone, ), procainamide, quinidine (in Nuedexta), and sotalol (Betapace, Sorine, Sotylize); barbiturates; clarithromycin (Biaxin, in Prevpac); droperidol (Inapsine); erythromycin (Eryc, Ery-Tab, PCE, others); gatifloxacin; certain medications for mental illness such as chlorpromazine, clozapine (Clozaril, Fazaclo ODT, Versacloz), iloperidone (Fanapt), quetiapine (Seroquel), and ziprasidone (Geodon); meperidine (Demerol); methadone (Dolophine, Methadose); moxifloxacin (Avelox); medications for pain; ondansetron (Zofran, Zuplenz); pentamidine (Nebupent, Pentam); and medications for seizures, sedatives, sleeping pills, and tranquilizers. Your doctor may need to change the doses of your medications or monitor you carefully for side effects.
- tell your doctor if you have a prolonged QT interval (a rare heart problem that may cause irregular heartbeat, fainting, or sudden death) or if you plan to be pregnant or are pregnant. Your doctor will probably tell you not to take Atarax-P.
- tell your doctor if anyone in your family has or has ever had a prolonged QT interval or if you have or have ever had a slow or irregular heartbeat, low blood levels of potassium or magnesium, heart failure, a heart attack, or heart disease.
- tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding. Do not breastfeed while taking Atarax-P.
- talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of taking Atarax-P if you are 65 years of age or older. Older adults should not usually take Atarax-P because it is not as safe as other medications that can be used to treat the same condition.
- you should know that this medication may make you drowsy. Do not drive a car or operate machinery until you know how this medication affects you.
- ask your doctor about the safe use of alcohol while you are taking this medication. Alcohol can make the side effects of Atarax-P worse.
COMMON BRAND(S): Vistaril
GENERIC NAME(S): Atarax-P Hcl
OTHER NAME(S): Atarax-P Hcl Solution
Atarax-P is used for the short-term treatment of nervousness and tension that may occur with certain mental/mood disorders (e.g., anxiety, dementia). It is also used to help manage withdrawal symptoms (e.g., anxiety, agitation) in alcoholics. Other uses include helping to decrease anxiety and nausea before/after surgery or during childbirth or helping certain narcotic pain relievers (e.g., meperidine) work better.
Atarax-P belongs to a class of medications called antihistamines. It is thought to work by affecting certain natural substances (acetylcholine, serotonin) in your body or by acting directly on certain parts of the brain. Atarax-P also blocks a natural substance that your body makes during an allergic reaction (histamine).
COMMON BRAND(S): Atarax
GENERIC NAME(S): Atarax-P Hcl
OTHER NAME(S): Atarax-P Hcl Tablet
Atarax-P is used to treat itching caused by allergies. It is an antihistamine and works by blocking a certain natural substance (histamine) that your body makes during an allergic reaction. Atarax-P may also be used short-term to treat anxiety or to help you feel sleepy/relaxed before and after surgery.
Other Medical Problems
The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of Atarax-P. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially:
- Electrolyte imbalance or
- Heart attack or
- Heart disease or
- Heart failure, uncompensated or
- Heart rhythm problems (e.g., long QT syndrome, slow heartbeat), or family history of—Use with caution. May cause side effects to become worse.
Heart rhythm problem (e.g., prolonged QT interval)—Should not be used in patients with this condition.
Skin problems—Use with caution. May make these conditions worse.
Medications that cause drowsiness, including cold or allergy medications, sedatives, narcotic pain relievers, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, seizure medication, or medication used to control depression or anxiety may increase your reaction to Atarax-P HCL to an unsafe level. You will need to talk with your doctor about any medications you are taking, including over the counter remedies, to help avoid this negative reaction.
Atarax-P may make you drowsy or otherwise impair your ability to think and reason at your normal level. Do not drive or perform any tasks that will require your full attention until you know how this drug will affect your system. Drinking alcohol can increase this risk as well as the risk of developing other side effects, and therefore should be avoided when using this drug.
If you suffer from seizures, liver or kidney disease, you may not be able to take this drug. This medication can interact with your other prescriptions, which could cause a potentially dangerous reaction. Those suffering from liver or kidney disease may also have trouble clearing this mediation from your body which could lead to an overdose.
How to store Atarax-P
- Keep all medicines out of the reach and sight of children.
- Store in a cool, dry place, away from direct heat and light.
Michael Stewart, Reviewed by Sid Dajani | Last edited 22 May 2017 | Certified by The Information Standard
Atarax-P is an antihistamine. It is taken to relieve itching.
The most common side-effect is drowsiness. This may affect your ability to drive.
Can Atarax-P cause problems?
Along with their useful effects, most medicines can cause unwanted side-effects although not everyone experiences them. The table below contains the most common ones associated with Atarax-P. You will find a full list in the manufacturer's information leaflet supplied with your medicine. The unwanted effects often improve as your body adjusts to the new medicine, but speak with your doctor or pharmacist if any continue or become troublesome.