Top Pediatric Prescriptions

In this talk, the top prescribed pediatric medications will be discussed. Of the top twenty drugs prescribed, most of them fall into three classifications: Anti-infectives, drugs for asthma/allergy, and drugs for minor pain and fever relief. Each of these classifications will be discussed, as will specific drugs, with respect to safe use, side effects, and contraindications. New agents and new black box warnings will be presented.

Specific topics covered in this talk include:

  • Acute otitis media: When to treat and when to wait

  • Update for asthma, with implementation of step treatment

  • Prescribing guidelines for acetaminophen and ibuprofen

  • Indications for pediatric psychiatric medications, including newer agents for ADHD, psychosis, depression, and autism