There are 2 types of medicines you can buy:

1) over-the-counter (OTC) medicines and

2) prescription medicines. OTC medicines are those you can buy without a doctor's order. Prescription medicines are those you can only buy with a doctor's order (a prescription). This handout is about prescription medicines.

Many parents have questions about their children's prescription medicines. Labels can be hard to read and understand. But it's important to give medicines the right way for your child's health and safety.

Before you give your child any medicine, be sure you know how to use them. Here are some questions you can ask the doctor or pharmacist*:

Also, always tell your child's doctor:

…your child throws up a lot or gets a rash after taking any medicine. Even if a medicine is safe for other children, your child may be allergic* to it.

Your child may or may...

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