To ensure the safe use of Hydroxyzine, let your doctor know if you have a history of any of these conditions:
Epilepsy or any other seizure disorder
Blockage in the stomach or the intestines
Asthma or other respiratory problem
High blood pressure
Problem passing urine
Hydroxyzine should always be used with a prescription. Take the medicine as prescribed. Don’t use a smaller or larger dose than directed. You should also take the medicine with plenty of water. For the oral solution, use the proper dose-measuring cup or spoon. Do not use a table spoon. The pharmacist will help you find the right measuring tool.
FDA Pregnancy Classification
Don’t use Hydroxyzine while pregnant. The drug can cause harm to an unborn baby. Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or if you become pregnant during treatment. It is unknown if hydroxyzine can pass into the breast milk or if it can cause harm to a breastfeeding baby. Inform your doctor if you are nursing a baby.
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember but only if it is not almost time for the next scheduled dose. If it is almost time for the next scheduled dose, skip the missed dose. Make the point of taking the dose at the same time each day.
Store at room temperature and away from heat and moisture.
Uncontrolled shaking (tremor)
Restless muscle movement in the eyes, jaw, tongue or neck
Don’t use Hydroxyzine if you are pregnant or if you are allergic to this medication. You should also let your doctor know if you suffer from liver disease, kidney disease or seizure disorder.
Hydroxyzine can impair your reaction or thinking. Avoid tasks that require alertness such as driving or handling complex machinery.
Contact your doctor immediately and stop using the drug if you notice the following side effects: tremors, seizures, confusion, and restless muscle movements in the eyes, jaw, tongue and neck.
Alcohol can worsen the side effects.
Older adults are more likely to experience severe side effects from Hydroxyzine.
Hydroxyzine interacts with 898 drugs. The drug also has interactions with alcohol, renal/liver disease, cardiovascular, asthma and anticholinergic effects.