Hydroxyzine is used for the short-term treatment of nervousness and tension that may occur with certain mental/mood disorders (e.g., anxiety, dementia). It is also used to treat itching from allergies and other causes (e.g., reactions to certain drugs). It may also be used to help you feel calmer before/after surgery, or to help certain narcotic pain relievers (e.g., meperidine) work better.
Hydroxyzine belongs to a class of medications called antihistamines. It works by blocking a certain natural substance (histamine) that your body makes during an allergic reaction. Its other effects (e.g., calming, pain relief) may work by affecting other natural substances (e.g., acetylcholine, serotonin) or by acting directly on certain parts of the brain.
How To Use
Take this medication by mouth as needed, usually three or four times daily or as directed by your doctor. If you are using the suspension, shake the bottle well before each dose. Also, measure the dose carefully using a special medication spoon or a kitchen measuring spoon.
Dosage is based on your age, medical condition, and response to therapy. In children, dosage may also be based on body weight. Take this medication as directed. Do not take more medication or take it more often than prescribed.
Inform your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it worsens.