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Atarax Side Effects and Special Warnings

 What Atarax side effects may occur? 

atarax side effects 10 mg. and 25 mg.While the various Atarax side effects cannot be anticipated, if any occur or increase in intensity you should notify your physician immediately.  Only your doctor can determine if you should still take this anxiety medication in spite of the Atarax side effects. 

The most common Atarax side effect is drowsiness which is usually temporary and may disappear within a few days or when the dosage is reduced.  Other important Atarax side effects that may occur include dry mouth, twitches, tremors and convulsions.  The last two side effects usually occur when Atarax is given at a higher then recommended dosage

Atarax side effects: When should this drug not be prescribed?

This anxiety medication should not be taken during pregnancy or if you're allergic to it or if you have ever had a sensitivity to this drug or a similar medication.  You should always make sure that your doctor is aware of any side effects to this medication. 

 

Atarax side effects and special warnings: 

Atarax is known to increase the effects of any drugs that depress the central nervous system.  If you currently take narcotics, non-narcotic analgesics or barbiturates in combination with this anxiety medication, their dosage should probably be reduced. As previously mentioned, one of the main Atarax side effects is its potential for drowsiness.  You should not drive or operate heavy machinery or do anything else that may require a heightened level of alertness until you are absolutely sure of how you will react to this medication. 

Potential food and drug interactions in addition to Atarax side effects: 

In addition to the previously mentioned Atarax side effects, this medication is known to increase the effects of alcohol.  You should probably avoid alcoholic beverages when taking this anxiety medication. Also, if that is taken in addition to certain other drugs the effects may be increased, decreased or altered in some other way.  It is especially important to check with your doctor when combining Atarax with the following: 

  • Barbiturates such as Seconal and Phenobarbital

  • Narcotics such as Demerol and Percocet

  • Non-narcotic analgesics such as Motrin and Tylenol 

While the previously mentioned concerns are not all-inclusive, you should always be cautious when you notice any Atarax side effects. 

Information adapted from The PDR Family Guide Guide to Prescription Drugs

Additional Information and webpage by Paul Susic  Ph.D. Licensed Psychologist  (Health and Geriatric Psychologist)  

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