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Hydroxyzine Overdose

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Hydroxyzine, sold under the brand name Vistaril, is a commonly prescribed antihistamine. It is primarily used for the management of allergic reactions such as itchiness. It is also used for the relief of insomnia and anxiety, as well as to control nausea and vomiting (motion sickness). For those suffering from withdrawal symptoms of alcohol or stimulants such as cocaine, this drug can be used to alleviate the distress.

For someone who has been prescribed this medication, worrisome thoughts can fill their mind. ‘Can you overdose on Hydroxyzine pills? How much Hydroxyzine to overdose? Can Hydroxyzine kill you?’ These contemplations are all legitimate, and we’re here to provide you with information and understanding about the drug and thus, ensure its safety usage.

 

Can You Overdose on Hydroxyzine?

Hydroxyzine overdose can occur as a result of taking more than the recommended amount of the medicine. This can happen either by accident or on purpose. As is the case with many drugs, when taking Hydroxyzine for a long time, the body builds a tolerance to the drug. This means that a higher dose is necessary in order to feel the same effects as before. Taking higher doses than prescribed can lead to serious repercussions, as hydroxyzine overdose is deadly.

Hydroxyzine Overdose Side Effects

When used correctly, Hydroxyzine is safe and provides much-welcomed respite from difficult symptoms. Conversely, if it’s misused by taking more than the advised amount, difficult symptoms can arise. Below are Hydroxyzine overdose symptoms to look out for, to determine whether or not you or a loved one is suffering from an overdose:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Fever
  • Skin reactions: rashes, lesions, swelling and redness
  • Seizures
  • Low blood pressure
  • Heart palpitations
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dry mouth
  • Blurred vision
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Tremors
  • Depression
  • Agitation
  • Sleeping difficulties
  • Drowsiness
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Difficulty with urination

Hydroxyzine overdose is a rare occurrence, yet it is still possible.

Hydroxyzine Toxicity

People wonder, ‘How much Hydroxyzine to overdose?’ According to Drug Safety Updates, the maximum daily dose is:

  • 100mg for adults
  • 50mg for the elderly
  • 2 mg per kg body weight for children up to 40 kg in weight

It’s important to note the following in order to prevent Hydroxyzine toxicity:

  • The lowest dose should be taken for the shortest amount of time possible
  • People with an irregular heartbeat shouldn’t take the drug
  • The elderly are more susceptible to the side effects of Hydroxyzine

If taken in large amounts, Hydroxyzine can be extremely harmful. Death from hydroxyzine overdose is unlikely, unless the person has breathing issues or serious heart rate issues.

What to do if Someone Overdosed on Hydroxyzine

Should you notice any symptoms that indicate Hydroxyzine overdose, call 911 immediately. You should also contact your local poison control center to receive medical advice on how to address the situation. Have the following information ready in case medical professionals request it:

  • The patient’s age, weight and state of health
  • Time the last dosage was taken
  • Amount of the drug taken
  • Whether or not the medication was prescribed

Outlined are several tips that reduce the chances of Hydroxyzine overdose when carried out:

  • Ensure that the right dosage is taken at the correct time
  • Avoid taking other drugs that interact with Hydroxyzine
  • Only take the drug if it was prescribed to you
  • Keep the medication in child-proof containers
  • Use containers with time labels to avoid mistaken multiple dosages, especially for older individuals

Hydroxyzine Overdose Treatment

Treatment for antihistamine overdose stabilizes the patient’s health. Some tests that may be carried out include:

  1. Blood and urine tests
  2. Chest and X-ray ECG (electrocardiogram)

Moreover, as part of the treatment, activated charcoal may be administered to prevent the drug from being absorbed from the stomach into the body. The toxins become attached to the charcoal and leave the system through bowel movement.

Further treatments may include the following:

  1. IV fluids
  2. Medication to ease symptoms
  3. Ventilator for breathing support
  4. Laxatives

Treatment for Hydroxyzine Addiction

If you or someone you know is addicted to Hydroxyzine, we can help you get back onto a better path in life. Avenues Recovery Center offers unsurpassed addiction treatment to assist you on your journey to sobriety. Our drug detox treatment and rehabilitation facilities host exceptional medical specialists and warm and devoted therapists that will support you all the way. Our programs are designed to ensure a smooth and successful recovery for every patient that crosses our threshold. We have helped thousands of people reach sobriety and we can help you too! Contact us today to begin your journey to your addiction-free future. We’re standing by, ready to help you!

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