Pediatric Medication

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  • This drug may raise the risk of liver failure when taken with interferon and ribavirin in patients with hepatitis C.

What is this drug used for?

  • It is used to raise platelet counts.
  • It may be given to your child for other reasons. Talk with the doctor.

What do I need to tell the doctor BEFORE my child takes this drug?

  • If your child has an allergy to this drug or any part of this drug.
  • If your child is allergic to any drugs like this one or any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell the doctor about the allergy and what signs your child had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.

If your child is breast-feeding a baby:

  • Talk with the doctor if your child is breast-feeding a baby or plans to breast-feed a baby.
This drug may interact with other drugs or health problems.
Tell the doctor and pharmacist about all of your child’s drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for your child to take this drug with all of his/her drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug your child takes without checking with the doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while my child takes this drug?

  • Tell all of your child’s health care providers that your child is taking this drug. This includes your child’s doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • Have blood work checked as you have been told by the doctor. Talk with the doctor.
  • Do not stop giving this drug to your child without calling the doctor. Your child may have a greater risk of very low platelets and bleeding. If your child needs to stop this drug, talk with the doctor.
  • This drug may make cataracts worse or may raise the chance of new cataracts. Talk with the doctor.
  • Get your child an eye exam as you have been told by the doctor.
  • If your child is of East Asian descent, talk with the doctor.
  • Blood clots have happened with this drug. Sometimes, blood clots like heart attack and stroke have been deadly. Talk with the doctor.
  • Use care to prevent your child from getting hurt and have your child avoid falls or crashes.

If your child is pregnant:

  • Tell the doctor if your child is pregnant or becomes pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of your child using this drug while pregnant.

What are some side effects that I need to call my child’s doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your child’s doctor or get medical help right away if your child has any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Signs of liver problems like dark urine, feeling tired, not hungry, upset stomach or stomach pain, light-colored stools, throwing up, or yellow skin or eyes.
  • Feeling very tired or weak.
  • Very bad belly pain.
  • Chest pain or pressure.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Coughing up blood.
  • Weakness on 1 side of the body, trouble speaking or thinking, change in balance, drooping on one side of the face, or blurred eyesight.
  • Swelling, warmth, numbness, change of color, or pain in a leg or arm.
  • Change in eyesight, eye pain, or very bad eye irritation.
  • A burning, numbness, or tingling feeling that is not normal.
  • Very upset stomach or throwing up.
  • Very loose stools (diarrhea).
  • Any bruising or bleeding while you take and after you stop taking this drug.
  • Very bad mouth pain or irritation.
  • Pain when passing urine.
  • Passing urine more often.
  • Feeling confused.
  • Swelling of belly.
  • Swelling in the arms or legs.
  • Fever or chills.

What are some other side effects of this drug?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your child’s doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother your child or do not go away:
  • Headache.
  • Not able to sleep.
  • Itching.
  • Not hungry.
  • Flu-like signs.
  • Upset stomach or throwing up.
  • Loose stools (diarrhea).
  • Feeling tired or weak.
  • Cough.
  • Muscle or joint pain.
  • Runny nose.
  • Stuffy nose.
  • Sneezing.
  • Back pain.
  • Hair loss.
  • Dizziness.
  • Muscle spasm.
  • Nose or throat irritation.
  • Belly pain.
  • Tooth pain.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your child’s doctor. Call your child’s doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to your national health agency.

How is this drug best given?

Give this drug as ordered by your child’s doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

All products:

  • Give on an empty stomach. Give 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals.
  • Give this drug at least 2 hours before or 4 hours after any antacids; dairy products or other foods with calcium in them; or products that have calcium, iron, aluminum, magnesium, selenium, or zinc.


  • Have your child swallow whole. Do not let your child chew, break, or crush.

Powder for suspension:

  • Before using, be sure you know how to mix and measure the dose of this drug. Talk with the doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
  • Mix powder with water only as you have been told.
  • Do not use hot water to mix this drug.
  • Give your child the dose within 30 minutes after mixing. Throw away any part not used within 30 minutes of mixing.

What do I do if my child misses a dose?

  • Skip the missed dose and go back to your child’s normal time.
  • Do not give 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.

How do I store and/or throw out this drug?

  • Store at room temperature.
  • Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
  • Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.

General drug facts

  • If your child’s symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your child’s doctor.
  • Do not share your child’s drug with others and do not give anyone else’s drug to your child.
  • Keep a list of all your child’s drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your child’s doctor.
  • Talk with your child’s doctor before giving your child any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your child’s doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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