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Antihistamines

Hydroxyzine hydrochloride  is an antihistamine that is used for treating allergic and inflammatory skin condtions.

It is used in the treatment of interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome as it blocks the chemicals that can cause inflammation. 

People with IC/PBS should normally see an improvement within a short space of time.

Hydroxyzine hydrochloride is not suitable for everyone so it's important that the person prescribing this medicine knows your full medical history.

You may not be suitable for this medication if you:

  • are allergic or sensitive to or have had a reaction to any of the ingredients in the medicine
  • have bladder problems
  • have kidney problems
     

Side Effects

Everyone's reaction to a medicine is different. You may experience some of the side effects listed below or none at all. If you are having problems with this medicine, its important to tell your GP immediately.

Possible side effects of taking Hydroxyzine hydrochloride are:

  • confusion
  • convulsions
  • dry mouth
  • feeling dizzy
  • feeling drowsy
  • headaches
  • motor problems
  • reduced alertness
  • tremors
  • urinary retention
  • weakness

If you feel unwell or if you have concerns about a side-effect, you will need to seek advice. If you feel very ill, get medical help straight away. Contact your prescriber, pharmacist, nurse or call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47.

Further Help

For more information about this medication please visit the Medicine Guide website.


 

Last updated: 14/11/2013

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