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What is hydroxyzine hydrochloride?

Hydroxyzine hydrochloride is a medication that provides relief from the symptoms of tension and anxiety. It is also used to relieve the itching caused by allergic reactions. In addition, hydroxyzine hydrochloride may be used before and after general anesthesia as a sedative. Classified as an antihistamine, hydroxyzine hydrochloride works by reducing the effects of a chemical in the body called histamine. The brand name for hydroxyzine hydrochloride is Atarax. Generic versions are available.

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