|Dextromethorphan Dosage Table|
|Child's weight more than (pounds)||16||32||48||64||80||96||130||lbs|
|Total amount (mg)||2.5||5||7.5||10||12.5||15||20||mg|
|Liquid 5 mg/5 ml (tsp)||½||1||1½||2||2½||3||--||tsp|
|Liquid 7.5 mg/5 ml (tsp)||--||--||1||1||1½||2||3||tsp|
|Liquid 10 mg/5 ml (tsp)||--||--||--||1||1||1½||2||tsp|
Indication: Cough suppressant. Dextromethorphan (DM) is present in most cough syrups.
- AGE LIMIT: Don’t use under 4 years of age. Over 4 years of age: NOT recommended as primary treatment of cough. Use honey instead. Avoid multi-ingredient products in children under 6 years of age. (Reason: FDA recommendations 10/2008).
- DOSAGE: Determine by finding child's weight in the top row of the dosage table.
- ADULT DOSE: 20 mg
- FREQUENCY: Repeat every 6-8 hours as needed
Author and Senior Reviewer: Barton D. Schmitt, M.D.
Content Set: Pediatric HouseCalls Online
Pediatric HouseCalls Online