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Medication Management


  • Safe Storage and Disposal of Medicines

    Proper storage and disposal of medicines is important to help keep patients, family members, and caregivers safe. All medicines can be dangerous if not stored properly, if not taken as directed, if taken by the wrong person, or if not thrown away safely.

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  • Medicine Safety

    Managing medicines is a challenge for patients and caregivers. Families often juggle multiple medicines. It is easy to get overwhelmed. But, there are things families can do to stay on top of medicines.

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  • IV Medicines at Home

    For some pediatric cancer patients, certain IV medicines can be given at home. Caregivers should be trained in preventing infection, using the infusion device, recognizing signs of an allergic reaction or infection, and handling and disposing of the medicine.

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  • Therapeutic Drug Monitoring

    Patients may have therapeutic blood monitoring tests to check the level of medicine in their body when treated for a disease. Learn more about therapeutic drug monitoring.

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  • Going to School with Medication

    Some children need to take medication at school. It is important for the care team, family, and school to work together to make sure that each medicine is given safely and correctly.

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  • Traveling with Medications

    Managing medicines during travel can be a challenge, but having a plan can help. Learn ways to make traveling with medicines easier and safer.

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  • Allergic Reaction

    Medicines are a common cause of allergic reactions. In most cases, allergic reactions are mild and can be treated with over-the-counter medications. However, severe allergic reactions can be life-threatening and need immediate medical treatment. Families should know the symptoms of an allergic reaction and have an action plan for emergencies.

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  • Flying with Medication

    Flying with medication takes some extra planning. Medications may need additional screening in airport security. However, passengers should be able to bring all prescribed medicines and medical supplies onto the airplane.

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  • How to Withdraw Medicine from a Vial

    Sometimes you may have to withdraw a medicine from a small vial (bottle) using a syringe. It is important to keep the medicine sterile (germ free) and withdraw the correct dose.

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  • Help Your Young Child Take Medicine

    Many young children resist taking medications. Learn ways to help your child have a positive experience as they take medications.

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  • Travel After Anesthesia

    Anesthesia is medicine that keeps your child from feeling pain during a test or procedure. Learn when it is safe for your child to travel after anesthesia.

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  • Fentanyl Patches Use

    Fentanyl (Duragesic®) is an opioid used to reduce pain. It can be given through the skin using a patch. Learn how to safely use this medicine.

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  • Oral Sucrose

    Oral sucrose may be given to your infant or young child for comfort during a medical procedure. Learn more about how oral sucrose can help.

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  • Using Lidocaine Cream for Needle Pain

    Lidocaine cream numbs your child’s skin so they have less pain from needlesticks, shots, IVs, and procedures. Learn more about using lidocaine cream safely.

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  • How to Refill a Medicine

    If your child takes a medicine for an extended time, you might need to refill the prescription.

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  • Over-The-Counter Medicines and Bleeding Risk

    Some medicines you can buy at grocery stores or pharmacies can put some people at risk for bleeding. Learn more.

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  • Steroid Medicines and Behavior

    Steroid medicines can change your child’s behavior, emotions, and thoughts. Learn about these side effects and how to help your child.

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  • How to Handle Body Fluids After Chemotherapy

    Chemotherapy and other drugs can be a health hazard to caregivers. Learn about caregiver safety precautions during and after your child gets chemo.

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