Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) Dose Table  
Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) Dose Table
Child's weight (pounds)12-1718-2324-3536-4748-5960-7172-9596+lbs
Infant Drops 50 mg/1.25 ml1.251.8752.53.755------ml
Liquid 100 mg/ 1 teaspoon (tsp)½¾1234tsp
Liquid 100 mg/5 milliliters (ml)2.5457.51012.51520ml
Chewable 50 mg. tablets----234568tabs
Junior-strength 100 mg tablets--------234tabs
Adult 200 mg. tablets--------112tabs


When to Use.
Treatment of fever and pain.

Table Notes:

  • AGE LIMIT. Don't use under 6 months of age unless told by your child's doctor. (Reason: safety not established and not approved by FDA). If under 6 years, don't give products with more than one ingredient in them. (FDA recommendation 10/2008).
  • DOSE. Find the child's weight in the top row of the dose table. Look below the correct weight for the dose based on the product you have.
  • MEASURE the DOSE. Syringes and droppers are more accurate than teaspoons. If possible, use the syringe or dropper that comes with the medicine.  If not, you can get a med syringe at drug stores. If you use a teaspoon, it should be a measuring spoon. (Reason: regular spoons are not reliable.) Keep in mind 1 level teaspoon equals 5 ml and that ½ teaspoon equals 2.5 ml.  
  • INFANT DROPS. Ibuprofen infant drops come with a syringe.
  • HOW OFTEN. Repeat every 6-8 hours as needed.
  • ADULT DOSE. 400 mg
  • BRAND NAMES. Motrin, Advil, generic ibuprofen

Author and Senior Reviewer: Barton D. Schmitt, M.D.

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