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What is Hydroxyzine HCl?

Hydroxyzine HCl is an antihistamine used for the treatment of allergies in dogs and cats. Hydroxyzine HCl requires a prescription from your veterinarian, and is sold per tablet.

For:

Dogs and Cats

Benefits:
  • Effective against hives, itching, and rashes
  • Can be used as a mild sedative or tranquilizer for anxious dogs
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.

Cautions:

It should not be used in pregnant or nursing animals. Hydroxyzine may cause drowsiness. Be sure to tell your veterinarian about any health conditions or other drugs your dog or cat may be taking.

Brand Name:

Atarax (Pfizer)

Generic Name:

Hydroxyzine HCl

What should I discuss with my veterinarian before giving hydroxyzine 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.

What is the most important information I should know about hydroxyzine:

Hydroxyzine HCl (generic for Atarax) is not FDA approved for use in veterinary medicine; however, it is a commonly accepted practice for veterinarians to use this medication in dogs and cats. Hydroxyzine is available as 10mg, 25mg, and 50mg tablets. The usual dose of hydroxyzine in dogs is 1mg per pound every 6 to 8 hours. The usual dose of hydroxyzine in cats is 5 to 10 mg per cat every 8 to 12 hours. Hydroxyzine may cause drowsiness or dizziness.

How should this medication be given:

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 should I avoid while giving Hydroxyzine:

Hydroxyzine can cause drowsiness and dizziness.

What are the possible side effects of Hydroxyzine:

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.

Where can I get more information:

Your pharmacist has information about Hydroxyzine written for health professionals that you may read.

Call your veterinarian for medical advice about any side effects to your pet. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

How to Use
Directions:
  • Hydroxyzine HCl tablets are available by prescription and used by veterinarians for the treatment of allergies in dogs and cats.
  • Hydroxyzine HCl is not FDA approved for use in veterinary medicine; however, it is a commonly accepted practice for veterinarians to prescribe this medication for dogs and cats.
  • Hydroxyzine HCl is an antihistamine which is useful to treat allergic conditions that affect the skin such as hives, itching, and rashes.
Tip:

Hydroxyzine HCl may cause drowsiness or dizziness.

Dosage:
Dogs:
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Give 1mg per pound of pets body weight every 6 to 8 hours or as directed by veterinarian
Cats:
Weight
Dosage
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Give 5 to 10 mg per cat every 8 to 12 hours or as directed by veterinarian.
Horses:
Do not use!
Storage:

Store this medication at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

Ingredients
Hydroxyzine HCl 10 mg Tablets:
Active Ingredients (per tablet):
Amount:
Hydroxyzine Hydrochloride
10 mg
Other Ingredients (per tablet): Colloidal Silicon Dioxide, Crospovidone, dibasic calcium phosphate anhydrous, Lactose Monohydrate, Magnesium Stearate, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Sodium starch glycolate and Opadry white (Titanium dioxide, Hypromellose 3cP, Hypromellose 6cP, PEG 400 and Polysorbate 80).
Hydroxyzine HCl 25 mg Tablets:
Active Ingredients (per tablet):
Amount:
Hydroxyzine Hydrochloride
25 mg
Other Ingredients (per tablet): Colloidal Silicon Dioxide, Crospovidone, dibasic calcium phosphate anhydrous, Lactose Monohydrate, Magnesium Stearate, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Sodium starch glycolate and Opadry white (Titanium dioxide, Hypromellose 3cP, Hypromellose 6cP, PEG 400 and Polysorbate 80).
Hydroxyzine HCl 50 mg Tablets:
Active Ingredients (per tablet):
Amount:
Hydroxyzine Hydrochloride
50 mg
Other Ingredients (per tablet): Colloidal Silicon Dioxide, Crospovidone, dibasic calcium phosphate anhydrous, Lactose Monohydrate, Magnesium Stearate, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Sodium starch glycolate and Opadry white (Titanium dioxide, Hypromellose 3cP, Hypromellose 6cP, PEG 400 and Polysorbate 80).
Customer Reviews
Hydroxyzine HCl is rated 4.0833 out of 5 by 12.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This pill works great I started out giving Loca 1 pill, twice a day. After a couple of weeks, she doesn't need it anymore.
Date published: 2015-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Itching gone My 50 lb. dog, Dingo, was constantly scratching her belly and chewing her paws. She also had problems with anal itching--we ALL know what that is like! I tried Benadryl but it didn't work. My vet prescribed Hydroxyzine 50mg tablet and the change has been remarkable. No more itching or dragging her bottom on the carpet! It is easy to put the tablet into her wet food. She is supposed to get it twice a day but I have found that once a day is just enough to keep her comfortable.
Date published: 2015-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great ! My dog Oso, was always crying, vomiting and scratching his skin and I never knew why. I took him to see Dr. Gilley and he prescribed 25m of hydroxyzine. Once I gave it to him he was not vomiting, crying and scratching his skin. He is back to being a happy healthy puppy.
Date published: 2013-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hydroxyzine My 2 year old Jack Russell was constantly vomiting and would not eat food. The Dr. put her on Hydroxyzine to help calm her belly. For the first year she was taking one tablet every day to prevent her from getting sick. Now I am able to get away with 1 tablet per week, If she goes any longer than a week without the pill she gets sick. She is doing great as long as she gets her pill every week.
Date published: 2012-11-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works well for my dachshund's allergies My poor dachshund has terrible allergies which also gave him secondary bacterial and fungal infections. Initially the vet put him on a 15-day course of Prednisone along with antibiotics and an antifungal. He is also now on a hypoallergenic dog food. At the follow-up appointment his coat was doing a lot better with much less shedding and dandruff, but he was still chewing at his paws and had a stuffy, runny nose. The vet put him on Hydroxyzine 25mg twice a day; he mentioned that hydroxyzine is the strongest non-steroidal antihistamine available for dogs (long term steroid use is not recommended). The combination of long-term hydroxyzine therapy and the hypoallergenic diet brought huge relief to my dog.
Date published: 2012-05-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not Recommended My wife and I had to put our 3 year old beagle, Frances, down five days after being prescribed Hydroxyzine. Frances was in excellent health prior to being prescribed the drug. Within twenty-four hours of taking the medication Frances had difficulty eating and drinking. Forty-eight hours later Frances could no longer swallow or close her mouth, and developed diabetic symptoms. The veterinary clinic where we took Frances consulted a neurologist before providing us with additional information to assist us in making a decision. Based on the information provided which pointed to immediate suffering with a poor chance of a full life, we decided to end her suffering. I blame no one for what happened to Frances. In fact I really do not know what happened. My grandfather was a veterinarian in the early 1900s when medicines were far inferior to what is available today. I am sure he had some sleepless nights after losing some farmer's horse or dog. Today we are blest; medicines are far superior. It is rare, but sometimes the worst can happen. God bless
Date published: 2011-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hyroxyzine HCL for Allergys My Golden Retriever was prescribed Hydroxyzine HCL for allergy symptoms. From the first day of being on the medicine - I saw immediate relief to his symptoms. He was not licking paws and chewing between his toes nor biting at his front legs and tail area. When the medication wears off his paw chewing returns - but he will get relief once he is given his next pill. He is using 50 mg pills twice a day and that has relieved his symptoms.
Date published: 2010-06-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Poodle Princess w/ Runny Nasty Nose My large standard female (60 lbs) had a drippy, mucousy nose - otherwise ate, slept and played well. Her vet gave Hydroxyzine 50 mg tabs and the "nasty nose" cleared up within 24 hours....she's on the 14 day trial and we're pleased w/ the results. She doesn't appear to have any adverse reactions.
Date published: 2010-06-16
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Q&A

hydroxyzine

does this medication cause increased breathing
Asked by: Anonymous
The medication may cause difficulty breathing as a sign of an allergic reaction. Please consult your veterinarian about this side effect.
Answered by: Stephanie Duesler, Pharm. D, MBA
Date published: 2015-08-28

what colors are the 10 mg and 50 mg tabs?

Asked by: Anonymous
Both strengths are white tablets.
Answered by: Pharmacist
Date published: 2014-05-08

How long before I know if Atarax is effective in relieving my puppy's itchiness

Asked by: t
2 day
Answered by: karina
Date published: 2014-10-19

Can Atarax cause anxiousness in dogs?

My puppy had itchy skin which caused him to scratch so much that the fur on his back legs was almost gone. The Vet is having him try 10mg Atarax 2x/day. Seems my puppy is a little more nervous around loud noises after he started Atarax. He's been on it 1 week but since he's now 18 wks I don't know if its just him changing because he's older,
Asked by: t
Thank you for your question. The most common side effects of Atarax are drowsiness and dizziness. There are no documented cases of behavioral changes while taking this medication. Consult with your veterinarian if you do not see an improvement.
Answered by: Pharmacy Intern
Date published: 2013-10-04

Human Med's

I ran out of my dogs hydroxyzine pamoate med, I have human form Hydroxyzine HCL, can I give my dog the human form until I am able to get a refill for my pet? Thanks
Asked by: Carmen
both forms are used for dogs....the hydroxyzine pamoate and the hcl.....one being a capsule and the other a tablet......However, professionally, i cannot advise you to use your own medication for anyone other than yourself.
Answered by: Linda M 1800petmeds pharmacist
Date published: 2016-01-22

Does atarax hydroxyzine hcl come in capsule form?

Through my vet, the capsules are much less expensive than the tablets.
Asked by: Susan
No, Atarax(hydroxyzine hcl) is available in tablet and liquid forms. We only stock it in tablet form. Hydroxyzine Pamoate is available in capsule form and the brand name is Vistaril. .
Answered by: Marty, Pharm. D.
Date published: 2013-07-30

what are the colors of 25mg tabs of hydrodezine??

Asked by: whatwenwong
they are white
Answered by: starseed
Date published: 2012-05-29

Do you need a prescription for this product?

Asked by: Debi
Yes, you need a prescription from the vet.
Answered by: starseed
Date published: 2012-05-29
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