It's not Just Growing Pains: A Guide to Childhood Muscle, Bone, and Joint Pain, Rheumatic Diseases, and the Latest Treatments

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Medications and
Immunizations

Many books on health-related subjects start off with a long section on medications and how they work. The authors put the most important things, such as how and when to take your medication, monitoring, side effects, and when not to take your medications, at the end of the chapter. But many people never read to the end. They find the medicine they are interested in and skip everything else. I want you to understand why your child should take medicine (if they should) and how to be sure your child gets the best results. So I’ve begun this chapter with the information that most authors put at the end. Do not skip it. Understanding your medications and taking them appropriately are vitally important in getting the best outcome.

I do not discuss every possible medication in this chapter. I discuss the medications I commonly use. There are many choices and many individual styles. If your physician has recommended a medication not covered in this chapter, ask him or her for more information. At the right time and in the right place, there are a number of medications that I use that are not covered here. The omission of a medicine indicates only that it isn’t something I use routinely or that I don’t think of it as a rheumatic disease drug (e.g., I don’t discuss antibiotics here).


GENERAL CONCEPTS

The physician strode confidently into the room and offered the child a
cup of liquid to relieve his distress. “But wait,” cried the parents, “does
that have any possible side effects?” The physician paused thought-
fully for a minute and then began. “Well, if taken in excess, this can

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