Some adult painkillers can be carefully measured for children’s dosage, doctor says – CTV

Nov. 22, 2022

For desperate parents looking for children’s painkillers amid a country-wide shortage, they have the option to use a pill cutter on adult-sized pills to create smaller doses, according to a Toronto-based family doctor.

But the process has to be done very carefully using a proper tool, and can’t be done roughly by hand, said Dr. Marla Shapiro, CTV News medical specialist and associate professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto.

Though one million bottles of children’s medication are being imported into Canada this week, many parents don’t have time to wait for those to show up on pharmacy shelves and need remedies now for children battling fevers, said Shapiro on CTV News Channel Tuesday.

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