Can Hydroxyzine Be Addictive? We explore the potential for addiction and abuse with hydroxyzine and offer helpful tips for those struggling with addiction.
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What is hydroxyzine?
Hydroxyzine is a prescription drug. It comes as an oral tablet, an oral suspension (liquid), and gelatin-filled capsules. Hydroxyzine oral tablet is a short-acting drug. It starts to work within 30 minutes after you take it by mouth. It’s available in brand-name and generic versions. Generic drugs usually cost less than the brand-name version. In some cases, they may not be available in all strengths or forms as the brand-name drug.
How does it work?
Hydroxyzine belongs to a class of drugs called antihistamines. A class of drugs refers to medications that work similarly. They have a similar chemical structure and are often used to treat similar conditions.
Hydroxyzine is used to treat allergies, anxiety, and insomnia. It can be taken orally as a pill, liquid, or injection. Hydroxyzine is also available as a cream to be applied topically.
Hydroxyzine works by blocking the action of histamine in the brain. Histamine is a substance that is involved in the body’s immune response. It is released when the body is exposed to an allergen, such as pollen, pet dander, or dust mites. When histamine binds to its receptors (H1 receptors), it causes symptoms such as itching, swelling, and increased mucus production. Hydroxyzine blocks histamine from binding to its receptors, which leads to fewer allergy symptoms.
What are the possible side effects?
-Loss of appetite
-Nausea or vomiting
Is hydroxyzine addictive?
Hydroxyzine, like other medications, can be abused. In fact, it is sometimes prescribed for people who want to wean themselves off of alcohol or other drugs because it has similar properties. However, because it is not as potent as some other drugs, it is not considered to be as addictive.
How is hydroxyzine used?
It is important to note that hydroxyzine, like other antihistamines, is only meant to be used for short-term relief of symptoms. It is not intended for long-term use or for treating chronic conditions. Using hydroxyzine for long periods of time or at high doses can lead to tolerance (the need to increase the dose to achieve the same effect) and dependence (withdrawal symptoms when the drug is discontinued). These problems are more likely to occur in people who abuse alcohol or other drugs. If you take hydroxyzine on a regular basis, do not stop taking it suddenly without talking to your doctor first. abrupt discontinuation can lead to withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, sweating, and irritability.
What are the warnings associated with hydroxyzine?
You should not take hydroxyzine if you are allergic to it, or if you are pregnant. It is not known whether this medicine will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
Do not breastfeed while taking this medicine.
Older adults may be more likely to have side effects from this medicine.
You should not take this medicine if you are allergic to hydroxyzine, or if you are pregnant.
Do not take hydroxyzine if you have taken a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) such as isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam, Zelapar), or tranylcypromine (Parnate) within the past 14 days. A dangerous drug interaction could occur, leading to serious side effects.
What are the possible interactions with hydroxyzine?
There are no adequate studies in women for determining infant risk when using this medication during breastfeeding. Weigh the potential benefits against the potential risks before taking this medication while breastfeeding.
This medication may interfere with certain laboratory tests (including allergy skin testing, metyrapone test), possibly causing false test results. Make sure laboratory personnel and all your doctors know you use this drug.
Older adults may be more sensitive to the effects of this drug, especially drowsiness, dizziness, low blood pressure, and confusion. These side effects can increase the risk of falling down.
Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).
What are the overdose symptoms associated with hydroxyzine?
Overdose symptoms may include drowsiness, vomiting, aggressiveness, hallucinations, paranoia, and seizures. If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, call 911.