BNF for Children 2009 (British National Formulary for by Paediatric Formulary Committee

By Paediatric Formulary Committee

BNF for kids (BNFC) offers crucial functional info to all healthcare pros desirous about the prescribing, meting out, tracking and management of medications to youngsters. The source addresses an important wisdom hole in lots of parts of paediatric perform through offering sensible info at the use of medications in young ones of every age from delivery to formative years.

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In the product literature the frequency of side-effects is generally described as follows: Very common greater than 1 in 10 Common 1 in 100 to 1 in 10 Uncommon [‘less commonly’ in BNF for Children] 1 in 1000 to 1 in 100 Rare 1 in 10 000 to 1 in 1000 Very rare less than 1 in 10 000 Special problems Symptoms Children may be poor at expressing the symptoms of an adverse drug reaction and parental opinion may be required. g. cancers, and effects on development) may become manifest months or years after exposure.

3. Mixtures of haloperidol and diamorphine are likely to precipitate after 24 hours if haloperidol concentration is above 2 mg/mL. 4. Under some conditions, infusions containing metoclopramide become discoloured; such solutions should be discarded. General guidance Subcutaneous infusion solution should be monitored regularly both to check for precipitation (and discoloration) and to ensure that the infusion is running at the correct rate. 30 Prescribing in palliative care BNFC 2009 General guidance Problems encountered with syringe drivers The following are problems that may be encountered with syringe drivers and the action that should be taken: .

616). Neuropathic pain Patients with neuropathic pain (p. 261) may benefit from a trial of a tricyclic antidepressant, most commonly amitriptyline (p. 229), for General guidance Parenteral route Diamorphine (p. 252) is preferred for injection because, being more soluble, it can be given in a smaller volume. The equivalent subcutaneous dose is approximately a third of the oral dose of morphine. Subcutaneous infusion of diamorphine via a continuous infusion device can be useful (for details, see p.

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