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J Child Adolesc Psychopharmacol. 2010 Dec;20(6):521-4. doi: 10.1089/cap.2010.0031.

The importance of taking a history of over-the-counter medication use: a brief review and case illustration of "PRN" antihistamine dependence in a hospitalized adolescent.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, Nationwide Children's Hospital/The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio 43205, USA. Barbara.gracious@nationwidechildrens.org

Abstract

Over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription medication abuse has been rapidly increasing, yet publications on OTC abuse in adolescents are limited. We present a brief literature review and a novel report of antihistamine dependence emerging after admission in an adolescent, subsequently treated with naltrexone. This case highlights the need to take a thorough history of OTC, herbal, and prescription drug use from parents and patients separately and repeatedly, at initial presentation, and again if withdrawal symptoms emerge. General strategies for combating OTC and prescription abuse are given.

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