Ethical Dilemmas Caused By Pe

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Ethical Dilemmas Caused By Pediatric Polypharmacy The practice of prescribing two or more medication for psychiatric symptoms in children under 18 is called the Pediatric Polypharmacy. This has been a raising dilemma in the U.S because of the unknown long term side effects. Prescribing medication without knowing it possible pros and cons itself is against the medical ethics, secondly prescribing them to children (vulnerable subjects) makes it even worse. If there can be several side effects from just taking one medication how much more side effects are possible when more than one medication is prescribed? The side effects may also vary depending on combinations of the medications. This becomes a serious ethical issue due to the lack of research done to back up Pediatric Polypharmacy and we can’t have our children become Guinea pigs. Most of the time people/ parents of the children that are prescribed the medicine don’t react to it because they are not aware of the problems it can cause. People often think that more the amount of medicine the better he/she will be, but that is just a misunderstanding. It is not always good to take too much medication because of the side effects it can cause later on, and sometimes even instantly. Pediatric Polypharmacy becomes a problem because the current prescribing practices are based on adult research, and they are not completely aware of how it was affect children. I believe that more thorough research needs to be done before prescribing them , or new medications needs to be discovered that can be used for children with psychiatric problems. Doctors need to stop prescribing multiple medicines, if they are they need to explain the side effects it can cause and clearly state the pros and cons of taking the different medications. This way they will be following some ethical
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