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Medicine / Dosages


Medicines for Fever or Pain Relief

Acetaminophen is available without a prescription.  Children older than 2 months can be given any one of the Acetaminophen products (such as Tylenol).  Give the correct dosage for your child’s weight every 4-6 hours.
 
Acetaminophen 6-11
pounds
12-17
pounds
18-23
pounds
24-35
pounds
36-47
pounds
 
48-59
pounds
60-71
pounds
72-95
pounds
96+
pounds
Infant Drops
(160mg/5ml)
 
1.25 ml
 
2.5 ml
 
3.75 ml
 
5 ml
         
Suspension
(160mg/5ml)
  ½ tsp. ¾ tsp 1 tsp 1 ½ tsp 2 tsp 2 ½ tsp 3 tsp 4 tsp
Chewable tablets
(80mg)
    1 ½ tablets 2  tablets 3 tablets 4 tablets 5 tablets 6 tablets 8 tablets
Chewable tablets
(160mg)
      1 tablet 1 ½ tablets 2 tablets 2 ½ tablets 3 tablets 4 tablets
Adult tablets
(325 mg)
            1 tablet 1 to 1 ½
tablets
2 tablets
 
Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) is available without a prescription.  Children older than 6 months can be given any
one of the ibuprofen products (such as Motrin or Advil).  Give the correct dosage for you child’s weight
every 6-8 hours.
 
Ibuprofen 12-17
pounds
18-23
pounds
24-35
pounds
36-47
pounds
48-59
pounds
60-71
pounds
72-95
pounds
96+
pounds
Infant drops
(50mg/1.25ml)
1.25 ml 1.875 ml 2.5 ml 3.75ml        
Suspension
(100mg/5ml)
  ¾ tsp 1 tsp 1 ½ tsp 2 tsp 2 ½ tsp 3 tsp 4 tsp
Chewable tablets
(50mg)
  1 ½ tablets 2 tablets 3 tablets 4 tablets 5 tablets 6 tablets 8 tablets
Chewable tablets
(100mg)
    1 tablet 1 ½ tablets 2 tablets 2 ½ tablets 3 tablets 4 tablets
Adult tablets
(200mg)
            1 ½ tablets 2 tablets
 
Alternating or Combining Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen
If instructed by your provider to alternate acetaminophen and ibuprofen, give as follows:
* Alternate doses of acetaminophen and ibuprofen every 3 hours.
 
* If fever or pain continues longer than 24-48 hours, please call the office for instruction.
 
Do not give acetaminophen and ibuprofen together at the same time.  If you have any questions regarding medications and dosing, please call the office.
 
Avoid Aspirin

Children (through age 21 years) should not take aspirin.  This recommendation is based on several studies that
have linked aspirin to Reye’s syndrome, a severe encephalitis-like illness.  Most pediatricians have stopped
using aspirin for fevers associated with any illness.