Hydroxyzine Pamoate

Generic Name: Hydroxyzine

  • What is Hydroxyzine Pamoate?

    Vistaril is used to treat anxiety, tension, and agitation caused by emotional stress. It is also prescribed as a sedative to alleviate anxiety and tension before or after certain medical procedures (e.g., dental procedures or surgery). In addition, Vistaril is also used to relieve symptoms of itching associated with allergic conditions.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Hydroxyzine Pamoate?

    Vistaril should not be combined with other central nervous system depressants such as narcotics, barbiturates, or alcohol.

    Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to this medication. Vistaril may cause drowsiness. This effect may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Vistaril with caution.

  • Who should not take Hydroxyzine Pamoate?

    Vistaril should not be used during early pregnancy. Also, do not take Vistaril if you have ever had an allergic reaction to it.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Hydroxyzine Pamoate?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Vistaril. Also talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Relief of Anxiety and Tension

    Adults: 50-100 milligrams (mg) four times daily.

    Children: <6 years old: 50 mg daily in divided doses; >6 years old: 50-100 mg daily in divided doses.

    Relief of Itching Due to Allergic Reactions

    Adults: 25 mg 3-4 times daily.

    Children: <6 years old: 50 mg daily in divided doses; >6 years old: 50-100 mg daily in divided doses.

    As a Sedative Before or After Surgery

    Adults: 50-100 mg.

    Children: The doctor will calculate an appropriate dose based on your child's weight.

  • How should I take Hydroxyzine Pamoate?

    Take Vistaril exactly as prescribed by your doctor. It is usually taken in divided doses.

    Shake Vistaril oral suspension vigorously prior to administration.

  • What should I avoid while taking Hydroxyzine Pamoate?

    Avoid drinking alcohol or taking any other medications that may cause drowsiness or decrease your alertness.

    This drug may cause drowsiness; be careful when engaging in activities that require alertness such as driving or operating heavy machinery.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Hydroxyzine Pamoate?

    If Vistaril is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Vistaril with the following: alcohol, barbiturates, narcotics, non-narcotic painkillers, or other sedatives or nervous system depressants.

  • What are the possible side effects of Hydroxyzine Pamoate?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: dry mouth, drowsiness, tremor, convulsions

  • Can I receive Hydroxyzine Pamoate if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding. Vistaril should not be used during early pregnancy. It is not known whether Vistaril is excreted in breast milk. Since many drugs do appear in breast milk, you should not take Vistaril if you are nursing.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Hydroxyzine Pamoate?

    Take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your normal schedule. Do not take two doses at once.

  • How should I store Hydroxyzine Pamoate?

    Store at room temperature away from heat, light, and moisture.

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