Fifty Percent of Paracetamol Prescriptions Portray Wrong Dosages

by Savitha C Muppala on  May 20, 2011 at 7:23 PM Child Health News
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Researchers say that paracetamol, which is commonly used to relieve pain and reduce fever, is being mis-prescribed.    
 Fifty Percent of Paracetamol Prescriptions Portray Wrong Dosages
Fifty Percent of Paracetamol Prescriptions Portray Wrong Dosages

Scrutiny of medical records of Scottish children between the ages of one and three, shows that excessive amount of paracetamol has been prescribed to one in four children. Some parents were also in the habit of giving their kids additional OTC pills.

Nearly 50% of paracetamol prescriptions in the UK showed a wrong dosage. Abnormal amounts of paracetamol can trigger damage to the liver, researchers said.



Source: Medindia

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When giving drugs to children, the proper dosage should be given. It's really important that the age and weight of the child is taken into consideration when calculating for dosage. Better yet, let the doctors calculate the proper dosage. As parents, we should not play "doctors" to our children since we are putting them at risk.

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