Active Ingredients: Hydroxyzine
Atarax is also used to treat allergic skin reactions such as hives or contact dermatitis. Important information You should not use Atarax if you are allergic to hydroxyzine, or if you are pregnant.
Before you take Atarax, tell your doctor if you have a seizure disorder, liver disease, or kidney disease. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert.
Stop using Atarax and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as tremors, confusion, seizures, or restless muscle movements in your eyes, tongue, jaw, or neck.
Drinking alcohol can increase certain side effects of hydroxyzine. Before taking this medicine You should not use Atarax if you are allergic to hydroxyzine, or if you are pregnant.
To make sure you can safely take Atarax, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions: epilepsy or other seizure disorder; asthma, emphysema, or other breathing problem; glaucoma; heart disease or high blood pressure; stomach ulcer, blockage in your stomach or intestines; thyroid disorder; enlarged prostate or problems with urination; liver disease; or kidney disease.
Do not use Atarax without telling your doctor if you are pregnant. It could harm the unborn baby.
Use effective birth control, and tell your doctor if you become pregnant during treatment. It is not known whether hydroxyzine passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby.
While it is unlikely that appropriate doses of the drugs commonly used for oral sedation produce significant respiratory depression, it is important not to get this confused with airway obstruction; obstruction and respiratory depression are not synonymous.
This risk for obstruction is a consideration when using any central nervous system CNS depressant, regardless of its ability to actually depress medullary respiratory drive.
While the bromides were excellent drugs in their day, they were not often manufactured into pharmaceutically elegant products, allowing the incorporation of impurities.
This worsened the already negative side effect profile of bromides which included frequent urination, sweating, visual disturbances, and electrolyte disturbances. Chloral hydrate is a generalized CNS depressant that acts rapidly, and if given alone, is capable of inducing deep sleep in approximately 30 minutes.
A Prussian chemist, Adolf von Baeyer, is credited with inventing and naming barbituric acid in the early 1860 s. In 1903, a student of Baeyer's, along with another German chemist, produced a new compound out of barbituric acid and a diethyl derivative.