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Over-The-Counter (OTC) Dosage Information

ACETAMINOPHEN DOSAGE

Child's weight
(in pounds)
6-11# 12-17# 18-23# 24-35# 36-47# 48-59# 60-71# 72-95# >95
Milligrams (mg) 40mg 80mg 120mg 160mg 240mg 320-325mg 400mg 480mg 650mg
Suspension (160mg/5ml) 1.25ml or ¼ tsp 2.5ml or ½ tsp 3.75ml or ¾ tsp 5ml or 1 tsp 7.5ml or 1½ tsp 10ml or 2 tsp 12.5ml or 2½ tsp 15ml or 3 tsp  
80mg chewable tablets     2 3 4 5 6  
160mg chewable tablets (juniors)       1 2 3 4
325mg tablets (adult strength)           1 1 2

  • Acetaminophen is the generic name for medications such as Tylenol®, Tempra®, Panadol®, etc.
  • General acetaminophen dosage is 5-7mg per pound per dose every 4-6 hours as needed.
  • Acetaminophen comes in suppository form, also, (brand name Feverall®) which is good to have on hand in case of vomiting. Dosing is the same as oral.
  • It is not recommended to use acetaminophen if a child is under three months of age (unless specifically recommended by a health care provider). "Treating" a fever or fussiness in this age group without knowing the cause of the symptoms can mask the illness and prolong a diagnosis.

IBUPROFEN DOSAGE

Child's weight (in pounds) 12-16# 17-21# 22-32# 33-43# 44-54# 55-65# 66-76# 77-87# >87#
Milligrams (mg) 50mg 75mg 100mg 150mg 200mg 250mg 300mg 350mg 400mg
Pediatric drops (50mg/1.25ml or 100mg/2.5ml) 1.25ml 1.87ml 2.5ml 3.75ml 5ml        
Children's liquid (100mg/5ml) 2.5ml or ½ tsp 3.75ml or ¾ tsp 5ml or 1 tsp 7.5ml or 1 ½ tsp 10ml or 2 tsp 12.5ml or 2 ½ tsp 15ml or 3 tsp    
50mg chewable tablets     2 3 4 5 6    
100mg chewable tablets     1 2 3 4
100mg caplets (swallow)         2 3 4
200mg tablets (adult strength)         1 1 2

  • Ibuprofen is the generic name for medications such as Motrin® and Advil®.
  • General ibuprofen dosage is 3-5mg per pound per dose every 6-8 hours as needed. Give with food.
  • Ibuprofen is not recommended for infants under 6 months of age.

***IF YOU ARE USING ACETAMINOPHEN OR IBUPROFEN FOR MORE THAN 5 DAYS
(FOR FEVER, PAIN, ETC.) PLEASE CONTACT THE CLINIC***