Dosage: Every four (4) hours.
When To Use: Acetaminophen should be used to reduce fever and relieve pain. Acetaminophen has no anti-inflammatory actions.
Side Effects: Unlike ibuprofen and aspirin which can have rare but potentially serious side effects, acetaminophen is very safe. Only if an overdose of the medication occurs is there a likelihood of any side effect. If your child takes an over-dose of acetaminophen call your physician or poison control center immediately.
|Weight estimated||maximum Dosage||Dosage Based on Children’s Suspension 160mg/1tsp or 5mL||Dosage Based on Chewable Tablets 80mg/Tablet||Dosage Based on Junior Chewable Tablets 160mg/Tablet||Dosage Based on Tablets 325mg/Tablet or 500mg/Tablet|
|10 lbs.||64 mg||2 mL||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|15 lbs.||96 mg||3 mL||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|20 lbs.||128 mg||4 mL||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|25 lbs.||160 mg||5 mL (1 tsp)||2 tablets||1 tablets||N/A|
|30 lbs.||192 mg||6 mL||2 tablets||1 tablets||N/A|
|35 lbs.||240 mg||7.5 mL (1.5 tsp)||3 tablets||N/A||N/A|
|40 lbs.||272 mg||8.5 mL||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|45 lbs.||288 mg||9 mL||4 tablets||2 tablets||N/A|
|50 lbs.||320 mg||10 mL (2 tsp)||4 tablets||2 tablets||1 tablets (325mg)|
|55 lbs.||352 mg||11 mL||4 tablets||2 tablets||1 tablets (325mg)|
|60 lbs.||400 mg||12.5 mL (2.5 tsp)||5 tablets||N/A||N/A|
|65 lbs.||448 mg||14 mL||6 tablets||3 tablets||N/A|
|70 lbs.||480 mg||15 mL (3 tsp)||6 tablets||3 tablets||N/A|
|75 lbs.||512 mg||16 mL||6 tablets||3 tablets||1 tablets (500mg)|
|80 lbs.||640 mg||20 mL (4 tsp)||8 tablets||4 tablets||2 tablets (325mg)|
|Children over the age of 12 years old and adults may take two (2) 325mg acetaminophen tablets.|
If a child has a particular high fever, increase the dosage only on the advice of your physician due to the risk of overdose and liver damage.