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This retrospective study was carried out to examine the patterns of drug prescribing for pediatric dental patients in and around Moradabad, city, U.P. Methods: A total of 200 prescriptions were collected from various dental clinics from march 2014 to may 2014. Patients older than 12 years were excluded. Out of 150 diagnosed conditions, only 35 conditions were treated with antibiotics. The antibiotics were prescribed preoperatively On 28 occasions and for a post-treatment condition such as swelling antibiotics were prescribed on 7 occasions. Regarding the combination medicines Amoxycillin+clavulanic acid were mostly prescribed in pulpectomies and extraction patients. Conclusion: Present results indicate that prescribing trends for pediatric population seems to be rational. However, antibiotics are often not necessarily needed for treatment of dental conditions in children. Conclusion: excessive and inappropriate use of antibiotics should be avoided in pediatric dental clinics and pedodontist should have enough knowledge of pediatric pharmacology.
Rosane Cavalcante Fragoso, Brasil
Chief Scientific Officer and Head of a Research Group
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