Hydroxyzine HCl (hy-drox�-ih-zeen), Hydroxyzine Pamoate
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.
Hydroxyzine is available by prescription as tablets, capsules and
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medication that is outdated or no longer needed.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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