Drug Therapy

There are many different types of drug therapies available to treat conditions associated with your child’s disability. For some symptoms there are dozens of different medications that can effectively treat your child, but all medicines have risks as well as benefits. The risks of medicines include unwanted side effects or interactions with food or other medicines you may be taking. Some risks are not very serious, like an upset stomach. Others, like liver damage, are more serious. When a medicine’s benefits outweigh its known risks, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration considers it safe enough to approve. Both prescription and over the counter medications must be approved before they can be sold in the U.S. To reduce the risk of a problem, make sure that your child’s doctor and pharmacist know about all the medications your child is taking and be sure follow the directions carefully when taking medicines. If you’re taking medication, be sure to mention if you are pregnant or nursing since some medicines can harm your baby.

Medications 101

Dealing with Discharge Medications

The following information on drug therapies are for educational purposes only. Please consult with your health care provider for more information and treatment options.

Browse drug therapy options by symptom/use:



Bowel Disorders




Pain Management

Respiratory Medications


Skin Conditions



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