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Acetaminophen Tylenol dose table

 Child's weight (pounds)

 6-11

12-17 

18-23

 24-35

 36-47

 48-59

 60-71

72-95 

96+ 

lbs 

 Liquid 160 mg/ 5 milliliters (ml)

 1.25

 2.5

 3.75

7.5 

10

12.5 

15

20 

 ml

 Liquid 160 mg/ 1 teaspoon (tsp)

 --

 .5

.75 

1.5

2

2.5

3

 4

 tsp

 Chewable 80 mg tablets

 --

 --

1.5 

2

3

4

5

6

 8

 tabs

 Chewable 160 mg tablets

 --

 --

--

1

1.5

2

2.5

 3

 4

 tabs

 Adult 325 mg tablets

 --

-- 

--

--

--

1

1

1.5

2

 tabs

 Adult 500 mg tablets

-- 

--

 --

--

--

--

--

1

1

tab

When to use: Treatment of fever and pain Table notes: Age limits -- Don't use under 12 weeks of age unless told by child's doctor. Reason: fever in the first 12 weeks of life needs to be seen now. If present, your baby needs a medical exam now. Exception: Fever starting within 24 hours of vaccines if child is 8 weeks of age or older. If under 6 years, don't give products with more than one ingredient in them (FDA recommendation 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 better to use than teaspoons. If possible, use the syringe or dropper that comes with the medicine. If not, you can get a med syringe at a drug store. 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 4-6 hours as needed. Don't give more than 5 times a day.

Adult Dose. 650 mg Brand names -- Tylenol, Feverall (suppositories), generic acetaminophen Meltaways -- Tabs that dissolve come in 80 mg and 160 mg (jr. strength) Suppositories -- Come in 80, 120, 325 and 650 mg. The rectal dose is the same as the dose given by mouth. Extended-Release -- Do not use 650 mg oral products in children. Reason: they are every 8-hour extended-release.

Author:Barton D. Schmitt, M.D.

Copyright 1994-2015 Barton D. Schmitt, M.D.