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There are risks and benefits to the use of almost all medications.   Therefore, it is important to understand when a medicine should be used, possible harmful side effects, and potential interactions with other medications already in use.  Medicine for pain in children, in particular, requires special considerations.  At Texas ENT & Allergy, we want to help you safely manage your child’s pain.

What are the common prescription pain relievers?

The most common types of prescription pain medications used in children are codeine and hydrocodone (Vicodin/Lortab)

What are the potential problems with prescription pain relievers?

Many factors can contribute to an individual’s response to a pain medicine such as other medications in use by the patient and additional health concerns.  There is an inherited, or genetic, component of a person’s response to prescription pain medications.   In most individuals, the normal dose of a pain medicine works as it would be expected to work.  In others, however, their “genetic program” allows a prescription pain medicine to work too much.  Two common concerns include excessive sedation (sleepiness) and severe constipation, but there are other effects, as well.  Serious complications, including respiratory problems and even death, can occur in rare cases.

Who is affected?

In individuals with this tendency, even the correct dose of a prescription pain medicine can cause problems.  This can lead to an increase in the side effects of the drug.  People with this problem have been found in all races.

Kids are different

The use of prescription pain medicines in a person of any age should be monitored closely.  Careful observation can be more challenging in young children, especially when monitoring their level of sedation.  Because of this, your Texas ENT & Allergy provider may not prescribe oral prescription pain medicines for your child.  However, there are other pain control options.   The providers and staff at Texas ENT & Allergy can discuss this with you and your family. 

We want to help, and we want your child to be safe.

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