Atarax is a brand name for hydroxyzine, a sedative that reduces excessive activity in the central nervous system. Its secondary purpose is decreasing the levels of natural chemical histames in the body, meaning that Atarax can also be treated as an anitihistamine and used to help with histamine-induced sneezing, rhinitis, or skin problems such as contact dermatitis or hives. Most commonly, however, this drug is used for anxiety and tension treatment. Some clinics use it in complex drug combinations to give anesthesia.
The common side effects of Atarax generally impair your wit and reactions. If you are on Atarax and have to take part in activities that require you to be fully alert and awake, such as driving, be extra careful. It is best not to stay on your own and to warn all your companions about your present condition. Exclude any alcoholic beverage from your daily menu as alcohol has been shown to increase the frequency and severity of the Atarax side effects. Remember that elderly patients are more prone to suffering from the side effects of this drug.
If you develop uncontrollable tremors, seizures, or restless muscle movements in your eyes, jaw, or neck, or if you have spells of significat confusions after you have started on Atarax therapy, contact your doctor immediately.