For more information, consult your physician or pharmacist. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. Dry mouth, drowsiness, nausea, and dizziness are a few of the more frequent side effects of hydroxyzine. Contact the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 to report side effects.
Ask your doctor before taking hydroxyzine with a sleeping pill, narcotic pain medicine, muscle relaxer, or medicine for anxiety, depression, or seizures. Hydroxyzine can cause a serious heart problem, especially if you use certain medicines at the same time, including antibiotics, antidepressants, heart rhythm medicine, antipsychotic medicines, and medicines to treat cancer, malaria, HIV or AIDS. Drug interactions involving hydroxyzine (more information) Not all possible interactions are covered here. Prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal products, among others, may interact with hydroxyzine. When combined with other sleep-inducing medications, this effect may become worse. Inform each of your healthcare professionals about every medication you are currently taking as well as any that you begin or stop using. While receiving treatment with this medication, be sure to let your doctor know about all medications you are currently taking as well as any you begin or stop using.
Alcohol can exacerbate hydroxyzine's side effects. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for a list of the ingredients. tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, and nutritional supplements you are taking or plan to take. Mention any of the following: antihistamines; azithromycin (Zithromax, ZMax); certain antidepressants like citalopram (Celexa) and fluoxetine (Prozac, Sarafem, Selfemra); medications for anxiety; specific medications for arrhythmias like amiodarone (Cordarone, Nexterone, Pacerone), procainamide, quinidine (in Nuedexta), and sotalol ( Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you have any allergies before taking hydroxyzine, cetirizine (Zyrtec), levocetirizine (Xyzal), any other medications, or any of the ingredients in hydroxyzine preparations. If you are 65 years of age or older, speak with your doctor about the advantages and disadvantages of taking hydroxyzine. Do not drive a car or operate machinery until you know how this medication affects you. ask your doctor about the safe use of alcohol while you are taking this medication. You should be aware that this medication may cause you to feel sleepy, and that older adults should generally avoid taking it because it is less safe than other drugs that can be used to treat the same condition. Inform your doctor if you have a prolonged QT interval (a rare heart condition that may cause irregular heartbeat, fainting, or sudden death), are planning a pregnancy, or are already pregnant. Your doctor may need to change the dosage of your medications or monitor you closely for side effects. If you have or have ever had a slow or irregular heartbeat, low blood levels of potassium or magnesium, heart failure, a heart attack, or heart disease, tell your doctor. Your doctor will probably advise against taking hydroxyzine. Also tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding.