What is hydroxyzine hydrochloride?
Hydroxyzine hydrochloride - generic for the brand name Atarax - is a prescription medication used to treat the symptoms of anxiety and tension in both children and adults. Hydroxyzine hydrochloride may also be prescribed to ease the itching from an allergic reaction. In some cases, it can be administered along with other drugs as a sedative before and after surgery, to help ease tension and reduce the risk of nausea and vomiting after the procedure.
Even though hydroxyzine hydrochloride is considered an antihistamine (anti-allergy), its effect on serotonin can help make you feel sleepy and calm. The long-term efficacy of hydroxyzine hydrochloride as a treatment for anxiety is unclear, but it can help improve mood and decrease tension within a four-month span.