Atarax (hydroxyzine) is an antihistamine medicine used to relieve or prevent allergy symptoms. For people with multiple sclerosis (MS), Atarax (hydroxyzine) is used to relieve sensory symptoms, including itching or burning sensations. It works by slowing brain activity, which reduces histamine in the body. Histamine can produce sneezing, runny nose, or hives on the skin. The medicine is also used as a sedative for anxiety and tension.
Hydroxyzine can be used in children and adults. It is taken orally, usually three or four times daily.
Some side effects of Atarax include dizziness, drowsiness, blurred vision, dry mouth, and headache.
Atarax may also help MS patients who struggle with itching, a “pins and needles” sensation, or pain that feels like burning, stabbing, or tearing. These sensations are neurologic in origin and are known as dysesthesias. They may occur without rash or irritation in some or all parts of the body and face.
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