What is Atarax?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Generic name: Hydroxyzine

Atarax®, a brand name for hydroxyzine, is an antihistamine used for the treatment of anxiety, preoperative sedative and for itching. It may also be used as an antiemetic and for alcohol withdrawal symptoms.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Itching 47 24
Anxious mood 45 20
Interstitial cystitis 9 1
Hives (urticaria) 7 7
Insomnia 4 4

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  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 3
Moderate 16
Mild 22
None 38

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Atarax

Side effect Patients
Drowsiness 12
Sleepiness 2
Agitation 1
Auditory hallucinations 1
Dizziness 1
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Atarax

Dosage Patients
25mg as needed 4
25 mg daily 3
50 mg daily 3
25 mg twice daily 2
25 mg three times daily 2
10mg as needed 2
50mg as needed 2
hydrochloride25mg as needed 2
10 mg daily 1
hydrochloride 10 mg/5 mL daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Atarax

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Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 15
Did not seem to work 14
Other 10
Course of treatment ended 9
Side effects too severe 5
Change in health plan coverage 1
Personal research 1
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Duration

Currently taking Atarax

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 7
2 - 5 years 7
5 - 10 years 7
10 years or more 6

Stopped taking Atarax

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 9
1 - 6 months 5
6 months - 1 year 8
1 - 2 years 10
2 - 5 years 8
5 - 10 years 3
10 years or more 4
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 63
Usually 11
Sometimes 4
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 3
Somewhat hard to take 4
A little hard to take 11
Not at all hard to take 61
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 35
Not specified 43

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Atarax after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) 1
Fexofenadine (Allegra) 1
Lorazepam (Ativan) 1

Patients stopped taking Atarax and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Alprazolam (Xanax) 1
Buspirone (BuSpar) 1
Butalbital-acetaminophen-caffeine (Fioricet) 1
Diazepam (Valium) 1
Mirtazapine (Remeron) 1

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10 patient evaluations for Atarax

Apr 11, 2018 (Started Jun 30, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: when I know I will be entering a stressful or knowingly PTSD triggering situation I premedicate, otherwise, I use it when I feel the beginnings of an anxiety attack or panic attack. Usually, it prevents an anxiety attack if used prior, or decreases the anxiety/panic attack if used after
Cost: $200+ monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Feb 24, 2015 (Started Jul 01, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for seasonal allergy)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (daytime sleepiness)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed

  • 0 helpful marks

Feb 10, 2015 (Started Sep 05, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for eczema)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jan 19, 2014 (Started Sep 05, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for eczema)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 25 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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