Prescribing Psychotropic Medications Assignment Discussion
Adults and children respond to medications differently. Some potential safety concerns are required when prescribing psychotropic medications for children and adolescents. You were to evaluate a 14-year-old Caucasian female diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD). The mother asked you to prescribe a medication that worked well for a neighbor child who was also diagnosed with ADHD but seeing a different provider. You know as PMHNP that the drug she is requesting is off-label medication for ADHD.
In a 1-2 page paper,
Describe how you would proceed with the mother’s request
Explain the circumstances, in which you would prescribe an off-label drug to a pediatric patient.
Describe any legal or ethical issues involved with prescribing off-label medication to the pediatric population.
Provide the description and names of at least three off-label psychiatric drugs that require extra care and attention when used in pediatrics.
Discuss patient teaching for the family.
Provide evidence-based references to support your rationale.