Atarax belongs to a group of medications called antihistamines, which are used to treat allergic reactions in both adults and children. It may also be prescribed to treat anxiety in adults. It is manufactured by Piramil Healthcare UK Limited.
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Atarax is an antihistamine that is prescribed to treat eczema and nettle rash (urticaria) and is suitable for use in children. Due to its sedative effects, it is also prescribed to anxiety in adults. The active ingredient in Atarax is hydroxyzine hydrochloride.
Anxiety is a potentially serious health condition that can lead to cause major physical and mental health problems. Although we all feel some level of anxiety in our lives, particularly before an event such as a job interview or medical examination, for some it can be an ongoing (chronic) problem that affects their day to day life, with no specific trigger. Anxiety disorders can include panic disorders (such as panic attacks), phobias (such as agoraphobia - the fear of going outside), PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder, which occurs after distressing events) and social anxiety disorder (the fear of social situations). Generalised anxiety disorder presents symptoms such as heart palpitations, dizziness, constantly feeling worried and restlessness. There are many treatments available for those with anxiety disorders, including antidepressants and talking therapies. If the condition is moderate to severe, a combination of the two is found to be most effective.
Eczema is a skin condition that comes in many forms, the most common of which is atopic eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis. The condition usually presents in childhood and can improve through adolescence. It is often long-term, however, which can first present in adulthood in a minority of cases. The symptoms of atopic eczema include dry and flaky skin that is often cracked, itchy and sore. It can occur in small areas for some but all over for others. The most common areas of the body affected are the elbows, face, scalp and the backs of knees. Outbreaks usually arise in flare ups, with barely noticeable signs of the condition the rest of the time. There is no cure for atopic eczema, but it can be well managed with use of emollients (moisturisers) and topical steroids, which reduce inflammation and itchiness.
Urticaria, also referred to as nettle rash, is a common rash with one in five people experiencing it at some point in their lives. It can present in any area of the body with highly irritated and itchy skin across an area that ranges from a few millimetres to about the size of a grapefruit. There are two types of urticaria, the most common being acute, where the rash will clear up within a matter of six weeks, sometimes just a few days, and most cases do not require treatment. In rarer circumstances, chronic urticaria can last well beyond this time frame, leading to years of the rash being constantly present. Antihistamines, such as Atarax, can help reduce the symptoms greatly if the outbreak is severe. In rare cases, oral corticosteroids and treatment at a dermatologist will be required.
Histamine is a substance that helps increase blood flow to the affected part of the body, but it also produces other chemical reactions that lead to the allergic effects described above. Atarax works by blocking histamine receptors in the body, which are released when an allergic reaction occurs. Because significant amounts of hydroxyzine hydrochloride enter the brain, it also causes the drowsiness that produces the sedative effects helpful in reducing anxiety.
Please refer to the leaflet and the instructions given by your prescriber when taking this treatment.
Report any side effects you get to your doctor or pharmacist. Go to hospital if you get any side effects that become serious. If you begin taking any other medications, it's important to let your prescriber know. When being issued this treatment, it's also important to let your prescriber know about any treatments you're using currently.
How should it be stored?
Atarax should be stored out of reach of children and below 25℃.
Can I drive while using Atarax?
Atarax produces drowsiness, particularly in the first few days of treatment, so it is likely you will need to avoid driving until you are sure of the medication’s effects.
Can I consume alcohol while taking it?
Alcohol is likely to magnify the sedative effects of the medication and should therefore be avoided.
Can I use it while pregnant or breastfeeding?
Use of this medication should be avoided if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. You should consult your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Can I buy it over the counter?
No, Atarax is only available via a prescription.
How can I buy Atarax online?
You can buy Atarax online through our video consultation service. You will, however, need to have been prescribed it previously by a doctor. During the video consultation, our doctors will also be able to provide advice and, if suitable, fit notes and access to the relevant specialists.
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