|Pseudoephedrine Dosage Table|
|Liquid 15 mg/1 teaspoon (tsp)||½||¾||1||1½||2||--||tsp|
|Liquid 15 mg/ 5 milliliters (ml)||2.5||4||5||7.5||10||--||ml|
|Chewable 15 mg||--||--||1||1½||2||4||tablets|
|Tablets 30 mg||--||--||--||--||1||2||tablets|
|Tablet 60 mg||--||--||--||--||--||1||tablet|
When to Use. Treatment of nasal congestion (stuffiness).
- AGE LIMIT. Don't use under 4 years of age.
- Reason 1: Not approved by FDA.
- Reason 2: Risk of dosing 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). If under 6 years, don't give products with more than one ingredient in them. (FDA recommendations 10/2008)
- BEHIND THE COUNTER. Pseudoephedrine products are found behind the counter of pharmacies since 2006. Ask a pharmacist for help in finding these medicines.
- 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.
- HOW OFTEN. Repeat every 6 hours as needed.
- ADULT DOSE. 60 mg.
Author and Senior Reviewer: Barton D. Schmitt, M.D.
Content Set: Child Symptom Checker
Child Symptom Checker