Hydroxyzine and Alcohol
Hydroxyzine is the generic name for a group of drugs sold under the brand names Atarax, Vistaril, Hyzine, Vistajet-50, Rezine, Vistacon, Vistacot and Vistazine and is used to reduce activity in the central nervous system.
It is known to act as an antihistamine that reduces the natural chemical histamine in the body as histamine can produce symptoms of sneezing and runny nose or hives. It is used as a sedative to treat anxiety and tension and is also used with other medications given for anesthesia and amy be used to control nausea, vomiting or treat allergic skin reactions such as hives or dermatitis.
It is suggested that you do not consume alcohol while using this drug as it will increase the known side effects.
At this time the medical community defines moderate consumption of alcohol as no more than two drinks per day and no more than 14 drinks per week. Anything more than that is considered an unhealthy dependency on alcohol that may have adverse social, family and health consequences.
If a person drinks only once or twice a week but drinks on the same days each week and more than two drinks this is considered as an alcohol dependency.
If a person binge drinks at any time during the week this is also considered as alcoholism.
Some consider alcoholism as a disease while others consider it an addiction which is the result of personal choice and character fault. This school of thought blames the alcoholism on life style choices.
Personally I consider alcoholism a genetic tendency as I have seen families of alcoholics even when they live far apart. These unfortunate people are probably dependent on alcohol from the first drink.
When alcohol interacts with prescription over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.
Before using Hydroxyzine advise your physician if you are allergic to this drug, any other drug or substance, if you are pregnant, plan to become so or are breast feeding, have epilepsy, seizure disorder, asthma, emphysema, breathing problem, glaucoma, heart disease, high blood pressure, stomach ulcer, blockage in the stomach or intestines, thyroid disorder, enlarged prostate, urination problems, liver or kidney disease.
Less serious side effects are dizziness, drowsiness, blurred vision, dry mouth or headache. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects are allergic reactions such as hives, difficult breathing, swelling of your face, lips, tongue or throat, restless muscle movements in your eyes, tongue, jaw or neck, tremor, confusion or seizure.
This site serves as an information source only and does not dispense medical advice or any other kind of advice. If you are seeking medical advice you are advised to consult your own physician.
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