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Pseudoephedrine Dosage Table

Pseudoephedrine Dosage Table
Child's weight
(pounds)
18-2627-3536-5354-7172-139140+lbs
Liquid 15 mg/1 teaspoon (tsp)½¾12--tsp
Liquid 15 mg/ 5 milliliters (ml)2.5457.510--ml
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)
  • 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.
  • DOSAGE: Determine by finding child's weight in the top row of the dosage table.
  • MEASURING the DOSAGE: Syringes and droppers are more accurate than teaspoons. If possible, use the syringe or dropper that comes with the medication. If not, medicine syringes are available at pharmacies. If you use a teaspoon, it should be a measuring spoon. Regular spoons are not reliable. Also, remember that 1 level teaspoon equals 5 ml and that ½ teaspoon equals 2.5 ml.
  • FREQUENCY: Repeat every 6 hours as needed
  • ADULT DOSAGE: 60 mg maximum

Barton D. Schmitt, M.D.

If this is an emergency call 911 immediately.

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