Over the counter medication guidelines

November 14th, 2012 by Over the counter medication guidelines in

Guidelines from the FDA regarding over the counter medication usage for parents-to prevent overdosage

by Warren Krantz on Sunday, May 8, 2011 at 4:24pm ·

Accidental medication overdose in young children is an increasingly common, but preventable, public health problem," Dr. Karen Weiss, program director for the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research's Safe Use Initiative, said in an FDA news release.

The FDA also outlined 10 tips that should be followed by parents and caregivers when giving medicine to an infant or child:

  • Read and follow the Drug Facts label on OTC medicines.
  • Know the active ingredient in the medicine. - many medications have the same ingredients , make sure you compare any medications you are giving your child. Do not duplicate any ingredients. For instance some cough preparations and allergy preparations have the same ingredients " Diphenhydramine"- which is Benadryl
  • Use the dosing tool that comes with the medicine.- IF it says consult your physician then don't guess.
  • Know the difference between a tablespoon and a teaspoon. Each teaspoon is approximately 5 ml.
  • Know your child's weight.
  • Give the right medicine, in the right amount. Always ask if you are not sure!
  • Check the medicine three times.
  • Ask your doctor, pharmacist or nurse which medicines can or can't be used at the same time.
  • Always use child-resistant caps on medicines.
  • Store all medicines in a safe place.

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