Parents Guide to Children and Multiple Medications

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Is It Safe to Take More Than One Medication?

There is very little scientific evidence about the safety and effectiveness of multiple medications in children. But clinical evidence suggests that medication “cocktails” can be safe and effective when prescribed by a doctor who is very well informed about the medications and has extensive experience treating children with them.

Experience with treating adults is not enough to guide treatment of children, because kids, whose nervous systems are still maturing, don’t always respond to medication the same way adults do.

But adding medications should not be done in lieu of behavioral treatments that have been shown to be effective for kids with many issues, including ADHD, anxiety, depression and disruptive behavior. The combination of a single medication and behavioral treatment should be carefully considered before adding more medication.