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Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, etc.) Dosage Table

Child's Weight (pounds)  12-17  18-23 24-35 36-47 48-59  60-71  72-95 96+ lbs 
Infant Drops 50mg/1.25 ml 1.25 1.875 2.5 3.75 5 -- -- -- ml
Liquid 100 mg/ 1 teaspoon (tsp) ½ ¾ 1  1½ 2 3 4 tsp
Liquid 100 mg/ 5 milliliters (ml) 2.5 4 5 7.5 10 12.5 15 20 ml
Chewable 50 mg. tablets -- -- 2 4 5 6 8 tabs
Junior-strength 100 mg tablets  -- -- -- -- 2 3 4 tabs
Adult 200 mg. tablets -- -- -- -- 1 1 2 tabs

Indications: Treatment of fever and pain.

Table Notes:

  • AGE LIMIT: Don't use under 6 months of age unless directed by child's doctor. (Reason: safety not established and doesn't have FDA approval). Avoid multi-ingredient products in children under 6 years of age (FDA recommendations 1/2008).
  • 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 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.
  • IBUPROFEN DROPS: Ibuprofen infant drops come with a measuring syringe
  • BRAND NAMES: Motrin, Advil, generic ibuprofen
  • ADULT DOSAGE: 400 mg
  • FREQUENCY: Repeat every 6-8 hours as needed

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Copyright: Copyright 1994-2012 Barton D. Schmitt, M.D.
Author and Senior Reviewer: Barton D. Schmitt, M.D.
Last Revised: 8/16/2011
Content Set: Pediatric HouseCalls Symptom Checker
Version Year: 2012

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