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  • a couple of atarax questions!

    For those of you who take it only once a day (at night for instance) do you notice you feel good the whole next day as well? because i was reading about atarax, and how it tends to wear off after 6 hours, and often needs dosing multiple times a day. i think thats the case with me. i take atarax in the morning (cant take it at night because the dry throat constantly wakes me up, and i dont get that drowsy from it anyway) and by late afternoon, i feel the burning coming back. I was thinking about calling my doctor and asking if i could take it twice a day. but would that really help? thanks!

    Also, for the dry mouth issue, i just chew gum. but at night, my throat gets very hoarse and i wake up alot needing a drink of water. then i cant get back to sleep because the dryness is so uncomfortable. water barely helps becaues its more of a "dry windpipe" and swallowing water doesnt get to the dry spots. Anybody have success with using a humidifier for instance? i would rather take this med at night because it does make me a little loopy when i take it in the morning.
    diagnosed IC Jan 2007 (though i feel i've had it mildly for years)
    frequent UTIs
    No frequency, just urgency and pain!

    tramadol 50mg twice a day. this stuff works good for nerve pain!!!! (update, i'm down to mostly one pill a day now!)

    Physical Therapy. if you have pelvic nerve pain or muscle pain, its worth a try. it helped me with the constant burning.

    TENS may help a little

    Cystoprotek might be helping as well. i'm getting better as time goes on and this could be why.

    fish oil, herbal teas, skullcap (might try passionflower for nerves) I'm not very diet sensitive.

    Went OFF elavil and nortryptiline (worked wonders, but didnt like the weight gain)

  • #2
    I take 75 mg hydroxizine at night, I also take a drink with me. I alays have some type of cough drop, breath mints or hard candy on me because of the dry mouth. I really never gave it much consideration that it could be the hydroxizine.
    'The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you.'


    • #3
      Hi Nocole and Tigger!

      I take 50mg of Atarax a night and 25mg during the day. I find it helps me drift off to sleep easier and lets me rest, even if I have to void A LOT during the night....I do get very dry from it, so I use a cool mist humidifier in the bedroom and I drink lots of bottled water during the day.

      When my meds changed from 25mg to 50mg at nighttime, I felt a little groggy in the mornings for about a week...but it stopped....

      Have a good night!

      Beth (-:
      IC diagnosis 1999
      Meds: Elmiron
      hydroxyzine hcl
      DMSO as needed
      valium as needed
      librax 3x day

      TENS therapy

      Thanks to all on the boards - YOU have helped more than I can say!

      A person's true wealth is the good he or she does in the world.


      • #4

        atarax didnt make me sleepy at all
        i now take it in the am

        wit the cystoprotek

        elavil at night

        i feel great
        Quit ELMIRON due to hair loss
        Cystoprotek ROCKS!

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        Current Meds:
        AM Cystoprotek & ATARAX 50mg
        Dinner CYSTOPROTEK
        PM Elavil 25mg


        • #5
          Hi there! I take atarax 25mg at night. I try to take it a couple of hours before I actually go to bed just so it's easier for me to wake up in the morning. I guess I have dry mouth - but I've been like this for so long, I'm just used to it. I constantly carry a water bottle around with me. Every time I wake up in the middle of the night I take a big drink of water. I also drink everytime I use the bathroom (just after going) as I seem to be dried out then. Do you think you could take the atarax a few hours before bedtime?

          I don't personally take it during the day, but have heard of other IC patients taking it at night and in the day. I would check with your doctor and see what he/she recommends.

          Good luck!
          I speak of my personal experience only to provide support to others who have IC. I am not offering professional advice in any way. All patients are different and may respond differently to various remedies and medical treatments. These posts are based on my personal experience and are not meant to be viewed as medical advice nor do they replace the proper evaluation and treatment by a medical professional or healthcare provider. Please seek out treatment and medical advice from your doctor and medical team.