Why Use a Slurry?

A DOCS Education Member asks:
Can someone please review why the hydroxyzine slurry is used (per oral) versus a pill one hour prior to appointment protocol?


Dr. Jerome Wellbrock, DOCS Education faculty member, responds:

Hydroxyzine is only dosed once for any appointment. Therefore it is best to administer the hydroxyzine and to decide on the amount to be given after the patient is seen in the office and evaluated for any additional sedation medication to be given. It is given as a slurry, crushed and mixed with a little water and swallowed. Hydroxyzine is not absorbed sublingually, so if it is crushed and swallowed it will be absorbed in the small intestine a little faster than if it is an entire tablet or capsule and has to slowly dissolve over a period of minutes.

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