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.
Note: Hydroxyzine HCl Compound is also available.
Dogs and Cats
- Effective against hives, itching, and rashes
- Can be used as a mild sedative or tranquilizer for anxious dogs
How does Hydroxyzine HCl work?
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.
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.
What should I discuss with my veterinarian before giving Hydroxyzine HCl 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 HCl?
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 Hydroxyzine HCl 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 of Hydroxyzine HCl?
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 HCl to my pet?
Hydroxyzine can cause drowsiness and dizziness.
What are the possible side effects of Hydroxyzine HCl?
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.