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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. Hydroxzyzine may cause drowsiness. Be sure to tell your veterinarian about any health conditions or other drugs your dog or cat may be taking.


More Information:
Brand Name
Atarax (Pfizer)
Generic Name
Hydroxyzine HCl

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.

What is Hydroxyzine: Hydroxyzine 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. Hydroxyzine may be used for other purposes than those listed in this guide.

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.

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 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: 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.

What other medications will affect Hydroxyzine: 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.

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.

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:
Pet Weight Dosage
Dogs: All weights Give 1mg per pound of pets body weight every 6 to 8 hours or as directed by veterinarian
Cats: All weights Give 5 to 10 mg per cat every 8 to 12 hours or as directed by veterinarian.
Horses:
Storage: Store this medication at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

Hydroxyzine HCl:

Active Ingredients (per tablet)
Hydroxyzine Hydrochloride 10 mg
Other Ingredients (per tablet):
Colloidal Silicon Dioxide, Crospovidone, dibasic calcium phosphate anhydrous, Lactose Monohydrate, Magnesium Stearate, Microcrystallince Cellulose, Sodium starch glycolate and Opadry white (Titanium dioxide, Hypromellose 3cP, Hypromellose 6cP, PEG 400 and Polysorbate 80)

Hydroxyzine HCl:

Active Ingredients (per tablet)
Hydroxyzine Hydrochloride 25 mg
Other Ingredients (per tablet):
Colloidal Silicon Dioxide, Crospovidone, dibasic calcium phosphate anhydrous, Lactose Monohydrate, Magnesium Stearate, Microcrystallince Cellulose, Sodium starch glycolate and Opadry white (Titanium dioxide, Hypromellose 3cP, Hypromellose 6cP, PEG 400 and Polysorbate 80)

Hydroxyzine HCl:

Active Ingredients (per tablet)
Hydroxyzine Hydrochloride 50 mg
Other Ingredients (per tablet):
Colloidal Silicon Dioxide, Crospovidone, dibasic calcium phosphate anhydrous, Lactose Monohydrate, Magnesium Stearate, Microcrystallince Cellulose, Sodium starch glycolate and Opadry white (Titanium dioxide, Hypromellose 3cP, Hypromellose 6cP, PEG 400 and Polysorbate 80)
Hydroxyzine HCl 3.9 5 10 10
Hydroxyzine Inhalent/contact allergies in dogs consisting of excessive biting of feet, scratching of ears and behind front legs, as well as secondary bacterial or yeast infections are amongst the most common problems seen in everyday veterinary practice. This is one of the most frustrating problems to deal with, as not only are animal guardians often kept up at night by their pets symptoms, but our canine companions are indeed quite uncomfortable when their allergies flare up. While difficult to cure, trying different anthistamines such as hydroxyzine for a 10-14 day trial period is often worth a go, as if symptoms are relieved, such meds are usually quite safe to use long term. If the above symptoms are present, I find that combining an antihistamine like hydroxyzine with an omega 3 fatty acid from 1800petmeds greatly increases odds of helping allergic pets when used over time. Also periodic shampooing once to twice weekly in allergic pets can help remove contact allergens as well. I usually find that approximately 25 to 40% of dogs will respond to hydroxyzine, in a lessening of their symptoms. The only rare side effects I have seen are occasional digestive upset and more rarely excessive sedation. I give this product an overall rating of a 4 with ease of use/efficacy a 4 as well. 08/02/2009
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. 10/23/2013
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. 11/10/2012
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. 05/29/2012
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 10/08/2011
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Both strengths are white tablets.
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Generally, your pet should stop itching within 1/2 to 1 hour. It depends on the severity of the condition and how large of an area is affected.
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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,
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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.
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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?

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both forms are used for dogs....the hydroxyzine pamoate and the hcl.....one being a capsule
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Through my vet, the capsules are much less expensive than the tablets.
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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. .
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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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