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Pediatric - Pseudoephedrine Dosage Table

Pseudoephedrine dosage table

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Pseudoephedrine Dosage Table
Child's weight more than (pounds)1827365472140lbs
Total amount (mg)7.51215223060mg
Infant Drops 7.5 mg./0.8 ml0.81.21.6------ml
Liquid 15mg/5ml (tsp)½¾12--tsp
Chewable 15 mg.----124tablets
Tablets 30 mg.--------12tablets
Tablet 60 mg.----------1tablet

Indications: Treatment of nasal congestion (stuffiness).

Table Notes:

  • 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
  • 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.

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