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Medicines that according to leaflet are not for children of a certain age, but are still prescribed by consultant

(12 Posts)
emkana Sat 18-Aug-07 23:58:00

That's because of licensing, isn't it? Because ds is now taking Seretide (purple inhaler) for his lungs, and according to the leaflet it's not for children under 4. He's 14 months...

divastrop Sun 19-Aug-07 00:07:49

i dont know about inhalers but i know my dd3 was given some eye drops for 2 years and over when she was 3 months,and dd2 was given calpol in hospital at 11 days old,so i would imagine its a licence thing.

harrisey Sun 19-Aug-07 01:12:06

Yes, my ds was prescribed Senokot by the paed for constipation but on the bottle it says 12 and up.

But without it I dont hink he'd ever poo (and he does eat a LOT of weetabix!!)

emkana Sun 19-Aug-07 08:32:00

It can worry you though when you read the leaflet, can't it?

LadyVictoriaOfCake Sun 19-Aug-07 08:45:28

who perscribed it?

seretide is meant to be very good

alibobins Sun 19-Aug-07 08:47:09

Ds is on seritide as well he has been on it since he was about 17 months and he's now 2.7.

Consultant doesn't seemed worried and so far he's had no side effects.

What does worry me though is the amount of prednisolone he's had

emkana Sun 19-Aug-07 08:57:03

It was prescribed by the specialist registrar at Bristol Children's Hospital.

Ds is very well on the moment, not sure if it's the seretide or the AB's he's on continuously. Long may it last anyway!

How is your son, alibobins?

alibobins Sun 19-Aug-07 09:03:37

Not been well he's had pneumonia and then had another anaphylatic reaction last week

Consultant stopped the abs end of june and since then he's been so ill all the time

he wanted to see if he'd cope without them but obviously not.

We are there on wednesday so hopefully he will go back on them.

He is looking really sickly and has lost quite a bit of weight.

emkana Sun 19-Aug-07 09:06:45

Blandmum Sun 19-Aug-07 09:09:09

Yes, it is because of licencing. Any doctor can prescribe anything they like , regardless of the licencing (although when they do this the responsibility is legally theirs)

Drugs are often precribed 'off licence'. Almost no drugs are tested on children, for ethical reasons. Without off licence use, kids would have almost no drugs that could be used on them.

saggarmakersbottomknocker Sun 19-Aug-07 14:46:44

All of dd's drugs have or were prescribed off license. It's fine until there's a locum pharmacist and then I have to have the lecture about not giving aspirin to children - and that's before he starts on the others.

How is Seb Em? Are you thinking of getting the flu jab for him this year? And RSV?

emkana Sun 19-Aug-07 21:47:06

He's doing well saggars, see my other thread in Special Needs! Will have to get him the shots definitely.

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