Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use this medication.
HEALTH CANADA ADVISORY
June 6, 2016
Health Canada has issued new restrictions concerning the use of Atarax (hydroxyzine) . To read the full Health Canada Advisory, visit Health Canada's web site at www.hc-sc.gc.ca.
Drowsiness/reduced alertness: Since hydroxyzine causes drowsiness, you should not drive a car or perform hazardous tasks until you determine that this medication does not impair your ability to perform these tasks safely.
Enlarged prostate and urinary difficulties: Hydroxyzine may worsen urinary difficulties.
Epilepsy: Hydroxyzine should be used with caution by people with epilepsy as it may increase the risk for seizures.
Glaucoma: This medication may cause a slight increase in pressure in the eye and therefore should be used with caution by anyone with glaucoma.
Sedation: The sedating effect of hydroxyzine must be considered when the medication is used at the same time as other sedating medications such as narcotics, non-narcotic pain relievers, sleeping pills, sedatives, barbiturates, or alcohol.
Pregnancy: Hydroxyzine should not be used during early pregnancy. It should be used during later pregnancy only if the potential benefits outweigh the risks.
Breast-feeding: It is not known if hydroxyzine passes into breast milk. Hydroxyzine should not be used by breast-feeding mothers.
Seniors: Seniors may be at increased risk for the sedating and impaired coordination effects of this medication. Seniors should use extra caution, for example, when getting up during the night.