How much is a spoonful of sugar?

The National Safety Council’s data shows that non-narcotic and non-hallucinogenic drugs killed over 9,000 Americans in 2003 (most recent data).

The importance of the DOSE and the FREQUENCY of medication cannot be understated.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, research shows that as many as half of children on medication take it improperly. The following tips can help adults take (and give) medication correctly.

  • Follow the schedule. Give medication at the intervals specified in the instructions. Don’t skip a dose.
  • Follow the dosage guidelines. If the medication is a syrup, use a milliliter dropper or cup.
  • Giving a larger dose will not speed up recovery and can actually make you sicker.
  • For children: know your child’s weight. The recommended dose is determined by weight rather than age.
  • For adults: let your doctor know if you have liver or kidney problems, it may affect your ability to break down a medication.
  • Give the full course. Do not stop the medication even if your child feels better or protests.
  • Use child-resistant caps in a locked, childproof cabinet not in the bathroom(humidity affects medication)
  • Be sure your doctor knows all your medications and any known allergies.
  • Inform the physician of any reaction to the medication or if you (or your child) is not better.

A spoon should be used for soup, not medication.

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About drlesliegreenberg

I have been practicing as a family physician for over 20 years--as both an educator of physicians and clinician. From infancy to the elderly, I perform obstetrics and general medicine. I love my career and am passionate about my field of knowledge and my patients. Follow me on Facebook at Leslie Md Greenberg Medical Disclaimer The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider.
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