This medication works by reducing the activity of the central nervous system, and it acts as an effective antihistamine that reduces natural histamine in the human body. This chemical is responsible for producing such unwanted allergic symptoms as hives, runny nose, sneezing, difficulty breathing, etc. Sometimes, Atarax is also taken as a sedative to treat tension and anxiety. Some doctors give it with other drugs for anesthesia.
Basic Recommendations on Its Correct Use
It’s not allowed to take this medicine if you have any allergic reactions to its components or if you’re pregnant. Before starting this treatment, inform doctors whether you have any liver or kidney problems and seizures. Besides, the use of Atarax may impair your normal thinking and reactions, so you should be careful when driving or doing other things that require you to be fully alert. Stop this treatment if you notice any serious adverse effects, including:
Confusion and tremors;
Seizures and restless movements of eyes.
Drinking too much alcohol may increase your risk of having these symptoms.
What to Do Before Taking Atarax
Don’t start this treatment if you have any contraindicated conditions or you need to use other contraindicated drugs. Inform doctors about such serious health problems as:
Seizures and epilepsy;
Glaucoma and breathing diseases;
Asthma and heart diseases;
Hypertension and thyroid disorders;
Kidney and liver issues;
Urination problems or enlarged prostate;
Stomach ulcers and blockage in intestines.
Besides, older patients are more prone to the side effects caused by the intake of Atarax.
How Patients Should Take This Drug
Use this medicine based on the recommendations given by doctors. Drink enough water while taking regular doses and avoid overdose. The most common symptoms that indicate possible overdose include nausea, vomiting, severe drowsiness, feeling like you may pass out and so on. If you miss your next dose, skip it (if it’s almost the time for the next one) or take it as soon as you remember. The use of Atarax may impair your normal reactions and thinking, so you should avoid driving and other activities that demand you to stay alert.
Possible Mild and Serious Side Effects
Users need to get emergency medical care once they start experiencing such signs of allergic reactions as:
Difficulty breathing and hives;
Drowsiness and sneezing;
Swelling of their lips, face, etc.
If you notice the following severe adverse reactions, stop taking Atarax immediately:
Tremors and seizures;
Confusion and severe headaches;
Severe drowsiness and dizziness;
Blurred vision and restless movements of your eyes.
Finally, there are some medications that shouldn’t be combined with Atarax because of serious drug interactions. Don’t take it together with sleeping pills, sedatives, muscle relaxants, anti-seizure meds and some others. That’s because they add sleepiness and cause other unwanted effects.