Also Known as Zaditen
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Zaditen is a prescription allergic asthma treatment medication for children. The active ingredient Ketotifen is an asthma prophylactic class drug that works by suppressing the body’s immune system response to allergens so that acute attacks occur less often.
It limits the system’s ability to produce the histamines that prompt inflammatory responses for allergic asthma symptom relief with less constriction of the airways and allergic rhinitis / eye irritation. Parents should be aware that it is common for several weeks of medication use to be required before a significant reduction in allergic asthma attacks are seen in children.
Children 6 months to 3 years of age: standard dosage is based on body weight at a measurement of 0.05 mg per kilogram of weight 2x daily, and taken in the morning and evening.
For children over 3 years of age: standard dosage is Zaditen 1 mg 2x daily, in the morning and evening.
Children may be advised to start on a lower dose and increase to the recommended dose after 5 days to minimize Zaditen side effects.
Medication can be taken with or without food.
The active ingredient in Zaditen is (Ketotifen).
Let your doctor know if you have any history of diabetes, seizures, insomnia or chronic sleep deprivation, or allergies to benzoate compounds before starting on Zaditen.
Failure to take medication as indicated in prescription can result in severe allergic asthma attacks resuming.
Be aware of medication expiry date.
Keep medication out of reach of children and supervise the administration of it to them.
Zaditen side effects may occur, and some people may have abdominal pain, drowsiness, dry mouth, headache, increased appetite, irritability, nausea, nervousness, sleeping difficulties, slight dizziness, or weight gain. If Zaditen side effects are experienced it may be best to stop use and meet with your doctor again to discuss children allergic asthma treatment alternatives.