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Atarax Syp belongs to a class of antihistamines that is used to treat allergic reactions. The generic name of Atarax Syp is Hydroxyzine.
Uses of Atarax Syp
Atarax Syp uses are in treating itching caused by allergies, urticaria, sneezing and running nose.
Contraindications of Atarax Syp
Atarax Syp is contraindicated in patients who: are allergic to hydroxyzine or cetirizine, other piperazine derivatives, aminophylline or ethylenediamine; have heart problems or a slow heart rate; have decreased potassium or magnesium levels in the body; have a family history of heart diseases; and are pregnant or lactating.
Side effects of Atarax Syp
- Dry mouth.
- Dizziness or sleepiness.
- Blurred vision.
- Shaking of limbs.
- Stomach upset.
- Restless muscle movements in eyes, tongue, jaw or neck.
- Inability to concentrate.
- Disorientation and hallucination.
Precautions and Warnings of Atarax Syp
Can I take Atarax Syp during pregnancy?
There are reports of congenital abnormalities in the foetus in early pregnancy with the use of Atarax Syp. Hence, it should be strictly avoided during pregnancy.
Can I take Atarax Syp while breastfeeding?
No relevant information is available if this medication can pass into breast milk. However, it is not recommended during breastfeeding as it may cause drowsiness or seizures in the infant.
Can I drive if I have taken Atarax Syp?
Do not drive after taking Atarax Syp as it may make you feel drowsy or sleepy, further reducing your alertness.
Can I consume alcohol with Atarax Syp?
Alcohol may increase the side effects of Atarax Syp such as sleepiness and drowsiness. Hence, avoid alcohol consumption when taking this medicine.
Other General Warnings
Talk to your doctor if
Before taking this medicine, inform your doctor if you have: glaucoma (increased pressure in the eye); heart problems; hypertension; convulsions; myasthenia gravis (weakness of muscle); difficulty in passing urine, e.g., due to an enlarged prostate and digestive system or stomach problems. If you observe symptoms such as palpitations, breathlessness and loss of consciousness after taking this medicine, your doctor is supposed to be informed immediately.
Mode of Action of Atarax Syp
How Does It Work?
Atarax Syp blocks the action of a chemical substance called histamine, which is naturally produced by the body. This prevents allergy symptoms such as itching, running nose, etc.
Directions for Use of Atarax Syp
Take Atarax Syp dosage as instructed by your doctor. The bottle containing the medicine is supposed to be shaken well before use. Do not consume larger quantities than prescribed.
Interactions of Atarax Syp
Interactions with other medicines
This medication is known to interact with the medicines used during the following conditions: bacterial infections (e.g. the antibiotics such as erythromycin, moxifloxacin, levofloxacin); cardiac problems or hypertension (e.g. amiodarone, quinidine, disopyramide, sotalol); psychosis (e.g. haloperidol); allergy; malaria (e.g. mefloquine); cancer (e.g. toremifene, vandetanib); depression (e.g. citalopram, escitalopram); gastrointestinal disorders (e.g. prucalopride) and Meniere's disease (betahistine).
Interactions with food items
There are no reports interaction of this medicine with food.
Other general Interactions
Inform your doctor in case if you have heart ailments.
Storage and disposal of Atarax Syp
Atarax Syp is supposed to be stored at room temperature and away from the reach of children in the original packaging to protect from light. Atarax Syp should not be used after the expiry date given on the bottle. Ask your pharmacist about the correct disposal method of the expired medication. It is strictly not recommended to dispose this medicine via wastewater.
Dosage of Atarax Syp
Atarax Syp overdose may cause symptoms like slowing the activity of central nervous system, unconsciousness, nausea and vomiting. Immediate medical attention is strongly suggested in such cases.
Missed a Dose
The missed dose is supposed to be taken immediately. But if the time is close to the upcoming dose, it should be skipped and the regular schedule should be followed. Double doses at the same time should not be consumed at any cost.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q: What is the onset of action of Atarax Syp?
A: This medicine shows its effect in 15–30 minutes after its administration.
Q: What is the duration of action of Atarax Syp?
A: The duration of antipruritic action of Atarax Syp lasts for an average time period of 1–12 hours after its oral administration.
Q: Is Atarax Syp habit-forming?
A: There are no reports that the usage of Atarax Syp giving rise to its addiction.
Q: Is this medicine safe for children?
A: This medication is safe for children when consumed as instructed by the doctor.
Q: Can I use Atarax Syp with another antihistamine?
A: Avoid using Atarax Syp with another antihistamine as it raises the risk of side effects such as excessive drowsiness.
Q: Can Atarax Syp cause a sedative effect?
A: This medicine can cause a mild sedative effect as it is one of the side effects of its administration.
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Last Updated on: 15 Aug 2020 | 04:40 PM (IST)
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