Advanced Pharmacology | NURS6521 | Walden University
As an advanced practice nurse, determining the appropriate use of off-label drugs in pediatrics involves a thorough evaluation of the patient’s medical history, current condition, and other relevant factors. Consider the age, the weight and the development stage of your child as well as the potential negative effects the drug may have on growth and development. In addition, the nurse should be aware of the evidence-based research on the drug’s effectiveness and safety in pediatric populations, as well as any potential interactions with other medications the child may be taking.
Certain drugs should not be used in children or adolescents, because they are either unsafe for their weight or age, or have side effects which could be harmful to the growth and development of these patients. Some antidepressants and certain antipsychotics have been shown to increase the risk of obesity, metabolic problems, and side effects among children and adolescents. Amphetamines, for example, have also been linked to psychiatric and cardiovascular side effects in children and adolescents. They should therefore be administered with caution.
It is best to use off-label medications in pediatrics cautiously and carefully weigh the benefits and potential risks. It is crucial to work closely with pediatricians, pharmacists, and other health care providers in order to safely and effectively use off-label medicines in pediatric patients.