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Why is this medication prescribed?
Pemoline is used to treat attention-deficit disorder in children over the age of six. It should be part of a total treatment program, which typically includes psychological and social counseling.
How should this medicine be used?
Pemoline comes as a tablet to take by mouth. It usually is taken once a day. To avoid insomnia and to provide its greatest benefits during waking hours, pemoline should be taken in the morning. Have your child take pemoline exactly as directed. Your child should not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by the doctor.
Continue to give pemoline even if the child appears to be better. Do not stop giving pemoline without talking to your doctor.
Other uses for this medicine
This medication should not be prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
What special precautions should I follow?
Before giving your child pemoline,
What should I do if I forget a dose?
Give your child the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue the regular dosing schedule. Do not give your child a double dose to make up for a missed one.
What side effects can this medication cause?
Although side effects from pemoline are not common, they can occur. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
If your child experiences any of the following symptoms or those listed in the IMPORTANT WARNING section, call your doctor immediately:
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your medication.
In case of emergency/overdose
In case of overdose, call your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, call local emergency services at 911.
What other information should I know?
Keep all appointments with your child's doctor and the laboratory. Your child's doctor will order certain lab tests to check your child's response to pemoline. Regular checkups give the doctor a chance to measure your child's progress.
Do not let anyone else take your child's medication. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about refilling your child's prescription.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT