Hydroxyzine hydrochloride film-coated tablets
Atarax is indicated to assist in the management of anxiety in adults.
Atarax is indicated for the management of pruritus associated with acute and chronic urticaria, including cholinergic and physical types, and atopic and contact dermatitis in adults and children.
Posology and method of administration
Atarax should be used at the lowest effective dose and for the shortest possible duration.
In adults and children over 40 kg in weight, the maximum daily dose is 100 mg per day.
Adults 50-100mg daily in divided doses
Adults Starting dose of 25mg at night increasing as necessary to 25mg three or four times daily.
In the elderly, the maximum daily dose is 50 mg per day (see section 4.4). A reduced dose is advised. This is due to a possible increase in the volume of distribution, prolonged action and the possible effect of age-related changes on pharmacologic functions, including hepatic metabolism and renal excretion (see Section 5.2 'Pharmacokinetic properties')
In children up to 40 kg in weight, the maximum daily dose is 2 mg/kg/day.
From 6 months to 6 years, 5-15mg daily in divided doses adjusted depending on the child's weight.
In children and adolescents over 40kg in weight, the maximum daily dose is 100mg per day.
For children over 6 years, starting at 15-25mg and increasing to 50-100mg daily in divided doses adjusted according to the child's weight.
As with all medications, the dosage should be adjusted according to the patient's response to therapy.
The total daily dose should be reduced by 33%. Use in patients with severe liver disease should be avoided (see Section 4.4 'Special Warnings and Precautions for Use')
For patients with moderate or severe renal impairment, it is recommended that the total daily dosage should be reduced by 50% (see section 4.4 'Special Warnings and Precautions for Use').
Method of administration: oral.
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