Medications to be Avoided in Children
All Narcotics: Demerol, Morphine, Codeine, Fentanyl, Dilaudid
Sedatives/Tranquilizers: Chloral hydrate, Nembutal, Benadryl, Haldol, Thorazine
all "cold" (upper respiratory infection) remedies containing antihistamines
Other: Ketamine hydrochloride (used for inducing anesthesia for procedures), Dilantin (an anticonvulsant that is toxic to the cerebellum), Tegretol, Trileptal, or Lamictal (anticonvulsants that can make myoclonus worse).
If your child is on ACTH or steroids (prednisone, methylprednisolone): Do
not give over-the-counter cold remedies. Anything containing pseudoephedrine
or antihistamines can raise blood pressure and cause a hypertensive crisis.
Children on ACTH or steroids are at increased risk.
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