Collins Children's Pill Guide

Overview

COLLINS CHILDREN'S PILL GUIDE is a user–friendly reference guide to the various medications most often associated with children. The guide includes a wide range of children's medications, from over–the–counter drugs, to psychiatric prescription drugs, to physician administered vaccinations. It also covers basic topics such as home first aid, tips for communicating with your pediatrician, and the safe use of drugs.

In an increasingly medication–dependent culture, where children ...

See more details below
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (37) from $1.99   
  • New (16) from $1.99   
  • Used (21) from $1.99   
Sending request ...

Overview

COLLINS CHILDREN'S PILL GUIDE is a user–friendly reference guide to the various medications most often associated with children. The guide includes a wide range of children's medications, from over–the–counter drugs, to psychiatric prescription drugs, to physician administered vaccinations. It also covers basic topics such as home first aid, tips for communicating with your pediatrician, and the safe use of drugs.

In an increasingly medication–dependent culture, where children are receiving medication for everything from allergies to ADHD, parents want a guide to help them sift through the morass of available treatments––their first concern is the health and safety of their children. Our guide will be written in language that every parent can understand, and will offer the comfort that comes with being informed when making important decisions.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060831325
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/27/2007
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Meet the Author

Deborah Mitchell is a medical writer and journalist specializing in natural medicine and nutrition topics. Her articles have appeared in professional journals as well as national consumer magazines. She has authored or co-authored nine books about various health topics, including The Natural Health Guide to Headache Relief, The Dictionary of Natural Healing, Natural Aphrodisiacs, and The Broccoli Sprouts Break-through. Ms. Mitchell lives and works in Tucson, Arizona.

Read More Show Less

Read an Excerpt

Collins Children's Pill Guide


By Deborah Mitchell

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2007 Deborah Mitchell
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780060831325

Chapter One

Drug Profiles

Acetaminophen

Brand Names
Acephen, Anacin-3, Datril, Feverall Suppositories, Jr. Strength Tylenol Caplets, Liquiprin, Phenaphen, St. Joseph Aspirin-Free, Suppap, Tempra, Tylenol Chewable Tablets, Tylenol Drops, Tylenol Elixir
Generic Available/Over-the-Counter Available

About this Drug
Acetaminophen is an analgesic (painkiller) and antipyretic (antifever). It relieves pain and fever by reducing production of substances in the body that cause these symptoms.

Side Effects
Acetaminophen rarely causes side effects if it is used as directed. However, contact your physician if your child experiences any side effects that are persistent or troubling, including any that are not listed here.

  • Less common: anemia, rash. Contact your physician if your child has fever or yellowing of the eyes or skin.


How to Use this Drug
Acetaminophen is available in chewable tablets, regular tablets, capsules, liquid/elixir, drops, and suppositories. The dosages given here are ones that are usually recommended. However, you should consult your doctor about the specific brand or prescription of acetaminophen you have for your child andallow him or her to determine the most appropriate dose and schedule.

  • Children younger than 4 months: 40 mg given 4 to 5 times daily
  • Children 4 to 11 months: 80 mg given 4 to 5 times daily
  • Children 1 to 2 years: 120 mg given 4 to 5 times daily
  • Children 3 years: 160 mg given 4 to 5 times daily
  • Children 4 to 5 years: 240 mg given 4 to 5 times daily
  • Children 6 to 8 years: 320 mg given 4 to 5 times daily
  • Children 9 to 10 years: 400 mg given 4 to 5 times daily
  • Children 11 years: 480 mg given 4 to 5 times daily
  • Children 12 years and older: 300 to 600 mg given 4 to 6 times daily; or 1,000 mg given 3 to 4 times daily.


Do not give acetaminophen to your child for more than three consecutive days without consulting your doctor. If you use acetaminophen to treat fever, do not wake your child to give the medication, as it is important for your child to sleep. If your child misses a dose, give it as soon as you remember. However, if it is within an hour of the next dose, do not give the skipped dose and continue with the regular dosing schedule.

Time Until it Takes Effect
Typically provides results within 30 minutes to 2 hours.

Possible Drug, Food, and/or Supplement Interactions
Tell your doctor if your child is taking any prescription or over-the-counter medications or any vitamins, herbs, or other supplements. Possible interactions with acetaminophen may include the following:

  • Use of barbiturates (e.g., phenobarbital, carbamazepine, phenytoin, rifampin) can increase the risk of liver damage.
  • Do not give your child acetaminophen with any of the following drugs for more than a few days unless your physician is supervising: aspirin or other salicylates, diclofenac, diflunisal, etodolac, fenoprofen, ibuprofen, indomethacin, ketoprofen, ketorolac, meclofenamate, mefenamic acid, naproxen, oxaprozin, phenylbutazone, piroxicam, sulindac, tenoxicam, and tolmetin.


Symptoms of Overdose
Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, sweating, and loss of appetite. Acetaminophen overdose can cause significant liver damage. If an overdose occurs, seek immediate medical attention and bring the drug container(s) with you.

Things to Tell Your Doctor

  • Tell your physician if your child has had allergic reactions to any medications in the past, if he or she is taking any medications now, or if your child has any disease or medical condition.
  • Contact your physician immediately if your child has a fever of 105° F or higher.
  • If your child is taking acetaminophen to relieve pain and the pain lasts for more than 5 days, the pain gets worse, or new symptoms develop, consult your doctor as soon as possible, as these are signs of a serious condition.
  • Consult your doctor if your child becomes pregnant while taking acetaminophen.


Important Precautions

  • If your child is taking any other medication—prescription or over-the-counter drugs—check to see if they contain acetaminophen, as taking such medications along with acetaminophen may cause an overdose.
  • Store acetaminophen in a tightly closed container and keep at room temperature away from excess heat and moisture (e.g., the bathroom, near a stove or sink).
  • Do not allow the liquid and suppository forms of acetaminophen to freeze.


Acetaminophen plus Codeine

Brand Names
APAP with Codeine, Capital with Codeine, Codaphen, Margesic, Myapap with Codeine, Phenaphen with Codeine, Proval, Ty-Pap with Codeine, Ty-Tab with Codeine, Tylenol with Codeine
Generic Available

About this Drug
Acetaminophen + codeine is a narcotic analgesic (painkiller) used to treat mildly to moderately severe pain. The acetaminophen component helps reduce pain and fever, and the codeine portion helps reduce moderate to severe pain, suppresses cough, and induces a calming effect. Both of these drugs suppress certain brain functions that are associated with pain perception and emotional response to pain. Codeine also has an effect on the cough reflex.

Side Effects
Contact your doctor if your child experiences any side effects that are persistent or troubling, including any that are not listed here.

  • Most common: constipation, dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth, lightheadedness, nausea, sedation, shortness of breath, urinary retention, vomiting
  • Less common/rare: abdominal pain, rash, allergic reactions (difficulty breathing, hives, swelling), depression, itching. Seek immediate medical help if your child suffers an allergic reaction.


How to Use this Drug
Acetaminophen + codeine is available as capsules, elixir, oral suspension, and tablets. Generally, children are given the elixir or oral suspension rather than the capsules or tablets. The dosages given here are ones that are usually recommended for children. However, your doctor may provide different dosing instructions, which should be followed.

  • Children 3 to 6 years: 1 teaspoon elixir 3 or 4 times daily
  • Children 7 to 12 years: 2 teaspoons elixir 3 or 4 times daily
  • Children 13 years and older: 1 tablespoon every 4 hours as needed. For tablets, 15 to 60 mg of codeine and 300 to 1,000 mg acetaminophen per dose.




Continues...

Excerpted from Collins Children's Pill Guide by Deborah Mitchell Copyright © 2007 by Deborah Mitchell. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)