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What Factors Affect Atarax® Dosage?

By Madeleine A.
Updated May 17, 2024
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Factors affecting an Atarax® dosage include what it's being taken for, the age of the patient, other medications the patient is taking, and current medical conditions. Atarax&reg is used to treat anxiety and itching. The usual Atarax® dosage in the treatment of adult anxiety is between 50 mg and 100 mg four times a day. For itching, the usual Atarax® dosage is 25 mg taken three to four times per day.

Atarax® may be beneficial for those suffering from contact dermatitis, atopic dermatitis, and anxiety. It is also used to treat certain allergic reactions to medications and used as a sedative. This medication is classified as an antihistamine and works to block the effects of histamine receptors, quelling the effects of allergic reactions such as itching. Although many antihistamines are available over the counter, Atarax® is available only by prescription.

Although Atarax® is usually well tolerated by most people, side effects can occur even at a low Atarax® dosage. Side effects are typically mild and may include drowsiness, dry mouth, or shakiness. Since these effects are temporary, they resolve when the medication is discontinued. If the side effects become severe or are prolonged, the doctor may recommend discontinuation of the medication.

Rarely, potentially serious side effects can occur with a low Atarax® dosage. These include hallucinations, seizures, swelling of the throat, and wheezing. When these symptoms occur, emergency medical care must be sought immediately. People with a known allergy to antihistamines or other substances may want to consider wearing a medical alert bracelet which can provide pertinent information to emergency responders.

People who have liver or kidney disease, difficulty passing urine, glaucoma, or heart disease should discuss the risks and benefits of taking Atarax® with their healthcare providers. In addition, elderly people are more at risk for experiencing side effects even a minimal Atarax® dosage. This medication can also cause conditions such Alzheimer's disease or an enlarged prostate to worsen.

Even when taking a low Atarax® dosage, interactions with other medications can occur. When taken with medications such as narcotic pain relievers, other antihistamines, anti-anxiety medications, or muscle relaxants, side effects such as drowsiness can greatly intensify. It is important to tell the doctor which medications are being taken. If current medications are known to interact with Atarax® the physician may recommend another treatment option.

For those who cannot tolerate taking Atarax®, other alternative methods of treating itching are available. Taking a non-prescription, over-the-counter antihistamine may help quell itching, as may taking an oatmeal bath. Other options include applying calamine lotion to the affected areas and using a hydrocortisone cream. Using alternative methods should be discussed with a doctor before beginning treatment, however.

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