PEDIATRIC OFF LABEL PRESCRIPTION DRUG USE (NURSE PRACTITIONER)

The unapproved use of approved drugs, also called off-labeluse, with children is quite common. This is because pediatric dosage guidelinesare typically unavailable, since very few drugs have been specificallyresearched and tested with children.
When treating children, prescribers often adjust dosagesapproved for adults to accommodate a childs weight. However, children are notjust smaller adults. Adults and children process and respond to drugsdifferently in their absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion. 
Children even respond differently during stages from infancyto adolescence. This poses potential safety concerns when prescribing drugs topediatric patients. As an advanced practice nurse, you have to be aware ofsafety implications of the off-label use of drugs with this patient group.
To Prepare

Review the interactive media piece in this weeks Resources and reflect on the types of drugs used to treat pediatric patients with mood disorders.
Reflect on situations in which children should be prescribed drugs for off-label use.
Think about strategies to make the off-label use and dosage of drugs safer for children from infancy to adolescence. Consider specific off-label drugs that you think require extra care and attention when used in pediatrics.

Write a 2-page narrative in APA format thataddresses the following:

Explain the circumstances under which children should be prescribed drugs for off-label use. Be specific and provide examples.
Describe strategies to make the off-label use and dosage of drugs safer for children from infancy to adolescence. Include descriptions and names of off-label drugs that require extra care and attention when used in pediatrics.