|Pseudoephedrine Dosage Table|
|Child's weight more than (pounds)||18||27||36||54||72||140||lbs|
|Total amount (mg)||7.5||12||15||22||30||60||mg|
|Infant Drops 7.5 mg./0.8 ml||0.8||1.2||1.6||--||--||--||ml|
|Liquid 15mg/5ml (tsp)||½||¾||1||1½||2||--||tsp|
|Chewable 15 mg.||--||--||1||1½||2||4||tablets|
|Tablets 30 mg.||--||--||--||--||1||2||tablets|
|Tablet 60 mg.||--||--||--||--||--||1||tablet|
Indications: Treatment of nasal congestion (stuffiness).
- AGE LIMIT: Don't use under 4 years of age.
- Reason 1: Not approved by FDA because dosage not studied in this age range
- Reason 2: Risk of dosage error causing high blood pressure
- CAUTION: Never give 2 cough or cold medicines at the same time. (Reason: May share an ingredient and cause poisoning). Avoid multi-ingredient products in children under 6 years of age (AAP recommendations 10/2008)
- REFERENCE: Srinivasan A, et. al. Infant deaths associated with cough and cold medications—two states, 2005. MMWR Weekly,January 12, 2007:56(01);1-4. Available at www.cdc.gov/mmwr.
- AVAILABILITY: Pseudoephedrine products are found behind the counter of pharmacies in response to legislation enacted in 2006. Ask a pharmacist for assistance in obtaining these medications.
- PSEUDOEPHEDRINE DOSAGE: determine by finding child's weight in the top row of the dosage table.
- ADULT DOSAGE: 60 mg maximum
- FREQUENCY: Repeat every 6 hours as needed
Author and Senior Reviewer: Barton D. Schmitt, M.D.
Content Set: Pediatric HouseCalls Online
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