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Hydroxyzine Hcl

Generic Name
Hydroxyzine HCl (hy-drox�-ih-zeen), Hydroxyzine Pamoate

Manufacturer
Various

Brand Name(s)
Atarax (Pfizer), Vistaril (Pfizer)

What is this medication used for
Hydroxyzine is an antihistamine used to treat allergies. It is also used for sedation and/or tranquilization.

Availability
Hydroxyzine is available by prescription as tablets, capsules and syrup.

How this medicine should be used
Hydroxyzine is not FDA approved for veterinary use; however, it is a commonly accepted practice for veterinarians to use this medication in dogs. The usual dose in dogs is 1mg/pound every 6-8 hours. It is not recommended for use in cats.

What are the side effects
The side effects of hydroxyzine may include drowsiness and sedation, incoordination, weakness, nausea and increased thirst.

What special precautions are there
This medication should not be used in animals allergic to it or other antihistamines. Use with caution in animals with heart disease, glaucoma, urinary obstruction or intestinal obstruction. Do not use in pregnant or nursing animals. Use with caution when given with other CNS depressant drugs such as acepromazine; monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) such as selegilene and Preventic collars; anticholinergics such as atropine and metoclopramide; and medications used for wheezing such as theophylline, epinephrine or ephedrine. Always tell your veterinarian and pharmacist what other medications your pet is taking.

In the event of an overdose
Contact your veterinarian or veterinary emergency room. Symptoms of overdose may include sedation and low blood pressure.

How should I store this medication
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed. Store this medication at room temperature, away from excess heat, light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Keep this medication out of the reach of children and pets.

This information sheet is for educational purposes only and is intended to be a supplement to, and not a substitute for, the expertise and professional judgment of your veterinarian. The information is NOT to be used for diagnosis or treatment of your pet. You should always consult your own veterinarian for specific advice concerning the treatment of your pet.

The information is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, warnings, allergic reactions, drug interactions or adverse effects, nor should it be construed to indicate that use of a particular drug is safe, appropriate or effective for your pet. It is not a substitute for a veterinary exam, and it does not replace the need for services provided by your veterinarian.

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