General information about medicines

This section provides advice about how to give medicines, information about antibiotics, useful guidance on how to travel safely with medicines, possible side effects to look out for, and what is meant by 'unlicensed' use of medicines.

  • General advice about medicines

    This page provides general information about how to give medicines safely to children.

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  • General advice about antibiotics

    This page gives general advice about giving antibiotics to children. Specific information on individual antibiotics is available on the Medicines Information pages.

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  • Helping your child to swallow tablets

    This page offers practical advice about helping your child to swallow tablets. The same techniques can be used for swallowing capsules. Specific information on individual medicines is available...

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  • Side-effects from children’s medicines

    This page provides information about side-effects from children’s medicines. It will support you in discussing any concerns with health professionals.

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    Travelling with medicines

    This page provides general information to help you prepare for a trip and to give medicines whilst travelling.

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    Unlicensed medicines

    Most medicines used in the UK have a licence (known as a Marketing Authorisation), which states how it can be used. Many medicines are used in children or...

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