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Medicine

ADHD Medicines

Medicine doesn’t cure ADHD. But it does help boost a child's ability to pay attention, slow down, and have more self-control. This article for parents has details on how ADHD medicines help.

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy (chemo) is treatment with medicines that stop the growth of cancer cells.

Common Questions About Immunizations

Immunizations have protected millions of children from potentially deadly diseases. Learn about immunizations and find out exactly what they do - and what they don't.

Does My Child Need an Antibiotic? (Video)

Antibiotics are powerful medicines that can help kids feel better -- but only when they have certain illnesses. Find out if an antibiotic is right for your child.

Giving Opioid Prescription Pain Medicine: What Parents Need to Know

If your child’s health care provider prescribed a prescription pain medicine that contains an opioid, you probably have many questions about how to use it safely. Get answers here.

How to Safely Give Acetaminophen

What kind? How much? How often? Find out how to give this pain and fever medicine.

How to Safely Give Ibuprofen

What kind? How much? How often? Find out how to give this pain medicine.

Medicines: Using Them Safely

Giving kids medicine safely can be complicated. Here's how you can help treat your child's illness while you prevent dangerous reactions.

MIBG Treatment for Neuroblastoma

MIBG is a molecule that doctors combine with low-dose radioactive iodine to look for neuroblastoma. Given with higher-dose radioactive iodine, it can treat this cancer.

Pharmacogenomics

Pharmacogenomics is the science of understanding the role of genes in determining the response a person may have when given a drug.