Hydroxyzine HCl is an antihistamine. It blocks the effects of histamine in the body making it useful to treat allergic conditions that affect the skin such as hives, itching and rashes. Hydroxyzine depresses activity of the central nervous system and is also used to treat anxiety disorders and tension in stressful situations.
How it works: Hydroxyzine blocks the effects of histamine in the body. Hydroxyzine also depresses activity of the central nervous system and is also used to treat anxiety disorders and tension in stressful situations.
Dosage & Administration: Follow the instructions on the prescription label. If you do not understand these directions ask your pharmacist or veterinarian to explain them to you. Store hydroxyzine at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
What happens if I miss giving a dose: Give the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it almost time for the next regularly scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and give the next one as directed. Do not give a double dose of the medication.
What happens if I overdose the pet: Seek emergency veterinary medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medication. Symptoms of overdose may include extreme drowsiness, nausea, vomiting, seizures, and decreased breathing.
What should I avoid while giving Hydroxyzine HCl: Hydroxyzine can cause drowsiness and dizziness.
Possible side effects of Hydroxyzine HCl: Seek emergency veterinary medical attention if your pet experiences any signs of an allergic reaction (hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat). Keep giving Hydroxyzine and talk to your veterinarian if your pet develops any of these less serious side effects; dizziness, drowsiness, or confusion; blurred vision or dry mouth; nausea or vomiting. Talk to your veterinarian about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome to your pet.
What other medications will affect Hydroxyzine HCl: Tell your veterinarian if your pet is using any of the following medications; chlorpheniramine (Chlor-Trimeton), celmastine (Tavist), meperidine (Demerol), Phenobarbital, acepromazine, amitriptyline (Elavil), fluoxetine (Prozac). Tell your veterinarian about all prescription and non-prescription (OTC) medications, including vitamins, minerals, and herbal products.
What should I discuss with my veterinarian before giving Hydroxyzine HCl to my pet: Tell your veterinarian if your pet has heart, liver or kidney disease. Tell your veterinarian if your pet is pregnant or lactating. Cautions: It should not be used in pregnant or nursing animals. Hydroxzyzine may cause drowsiness. Be sure to tell your veterinarian about any health conditions or other drugs your dog or cat may be taking.