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Medications In School

 
Prescription (Rx) Medications:
 
All prescription medications taken in school require a Permission for Medication form (see attachment below) that is signed by the student's guardian and the student's prescribing provider.

 

All medication must be brought to the school in its original prescription container. The bottle or container must be labeled with the name of the student, name of the medication, the medication dosage, and the time(s) the medication is to be administered. The student's pharmacy can provide a duplicate prescription container free of charge.

 

The student's guardian is also responsible for bringing the supply of the student's medication to school.

 

Over-the-Counter (OTC) Medications:
 
Here is a list of OTC medications that may be provided to students by the School Nurse or a designated staff member with current medication administration training once parent/guardian consent (for oral medications) is obtained, or per standing parent/guardian permission (see attachments below):
  1. EMERGENCY ONLY: EpiPen (epinephrine): Every 5-15 minutes for severe allergic reaction until EMS arrives. Grades PK-2nd, 0.15 mg (Jr.) IM auto-injection. Grades 3rd and up, 0.3 mg IM auto-injection.
  2. EMERGENCY ONLY: Narcan (naloxone): Every 2-3 minutes as needed for symptoms of opioid overdose until EMS arrives. Ages 12 years and up, 4 mg by nasal spray.
  3. Acetaminophen (Tylenol): Every 4 hours as needed for fever or mild pain (such as headache, toothache, and muscle soreness). Grades K-6, liquid (160mg/5ml) or chewable (80mg/tab) dose according to age. Ages 12 years and up, 1-2 tablets (500mg/tab).
  4. Ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin): Every 6-8 hours as needed for mild to moderate pain (such as headache, earache, dental pain, menstrual cramping, sprains/strains, and inflammation). Grades K-6, liquid (100mg/5ml) or chewable (100mg/tab) dose according to age. Ages 12 years and up, 2 tablets (200mg/tab).
  5. Diphenhydramine (Benadryl): Every 4-6 hours as needed for allergic reaction, itching, hives, or rash. Grades K-6, liquid (12.5mg/5ml) dose according to age. Age 6-11 years, 1 tablet (25mg/tab). Age 12 years and up, 1-2 tablets (25mg/tab). *A parent/guardian will be contacted as soon as possible if Benadryl is indicated for potential allergic reaction.
  6. Loratadine (Claritin): Once every 24 hours as needed for nasal or eye allergies, hives, itching or other minor allergic symptoms. Grades PK-12; ages 2-5 years, ½ tablet (5mg); age 6 years and up, 1 tablet (10mg). Used as a non-drowsy alternative to Diphenhydramine (Benadryl).
  7. Children’s Pepto or Tums (calcium carbonate): Once as needed for mild or minor upset stomach. Grades K-2, chewable tablet (400mg/tab) dose according to age. Grades 3-6, one (1) chewable tablet (500-750mg/tab). Ages 12 years and up, 2 chewable tablets (500-750mg/tab).
  8. Chloraseptic Lozenge (benzocaine/dextromethorphan/menthol): Every 4 hours as needed for minor sore throat. Ages 6-12, allow one (1) lozenge to slowly dissolve in the mouth. Ages 12 years and up, 1-2 lozenges slowly dissolved in the mouth. Not to be used for more than two (2) days.
  9. 1% Hydrocortisone Cream: As needed for minor skin irritation (minor rash/itching). Grades K-12, topical application as needed.
  10. Calamine or Caladryl (diphenhydramine-calamine) Lotions: As needed for minor skin irritations, itching, or bug bites. Grades K-12, topical application as needed.
  11. Antibiotic Ointment (Bacitracin or Triple Antibiotic) topically as needed for minor cuts, scrapes, or skin irritations.
  12. Cough Drops (menthol): one (1) PO every 2 hours as needed for minor throat irritation or cough.
  13. Phenylephrine HCL (Sudafed): Every 4-6 hours as needed for nasal congestion from allergies or colds. Grades K-12; ages 6 years and up, 1 tablet (10mg/tab); not to exceed 4 doses a day.
  14. Sting Relief topical wipes as needed for insect bite/sting antiseptic/pain relief.
  15. BleedCEASE (calcium alginate) topically for minor wounds, cuts, or nosebleeds.
  16. Burn Gel (Lidocaine-free) for topical relief of minor burn/sunburn discomfort.
         Topical = applied directly onto the skin