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Here Comes The Answer 71…Paracetamol Syrup vs Drop

Here Comes The Answer 71…Paracetamol Syrup vs Drop

I read through some of the most interesting comments on social media, as regards the 71st edition of our CAN YOU DELIVER series.Sincerely, I learnt one or two things.
The answer to that question is very simple to explain,and it is straight forward.
In this part of the world,most of our paracetamol syrup comes in strength of 125mg/5ml, while the drop comes in 100mg/ml. Therefore, when an a concerned parents who has be wrongly thought in the clinic gets to the pharmacy, the cobwebs should be cleaned,even if they refused and insist on buying the syrup for their infant (as some do), at least, you have explained the rationale for your decision.
A typical scenario is what we saw on the that 71st question,in such cases most times, the buyer feels since syrup is ”bigger” than drop,then it is “stronger” that it. Most times, they were advised (wrongly) to give 2.5mls of the syrup as against 1ml of the drop. Now let’s explain. Madam, if you withdraw 1ml of this drop, you will get 100mg of this paracetamol, but if you withdraw 5mls of this syrup,you will get 125mg of paracetamol, therefore,if you withdraw 2.5mls of this syrup, you will get 62.5mg of paracetamol, so,as you can see, 100mg and 62.5mg, which is more and also, with dropper,it is easier to administer. Most of them will be like…ahhh, is that so,..yes ma,that is so.
What did I learn? One of the greatest community pharmacist I know, Pharmacist Wale,posted something,peharps of international standard in response to to this question,and I quote.
Dosage information FOR PARACETAMOL/ACETAMINOPHEN ( para-acetyl amino Phenol)
There are seven age bands for dosage, as outlined below:

3 months to 6 months: 2.5ml of infant paracetamol suspension, given up to four times per day
6 months to 24 months: 5ml of infant paracetamol suspension, given up to four times a day
2 years to 4 years: 7.5ml of infant paracetamol suspension, given up to four times a day
4 years to 6 years: 10ml of infant paracetamol suspension, given up to four times a day
6 years to 8 years: 5ml of paracetamol six-plus suspension, given up to four times a day
8 years to 10 years: 7.5ml of paracetamol six-plus suspension, given up to four times a day
10 years to 12 years: 10ml of paracetamol six-plus suspension, given up to four times a day……………….pharmacist ugwuleke clement chijioke – I think more information may be needed to justify any comment however find above the standard Paracetamol dosage for various pediatric group -This is base on a a Paracetamol concentration of 120mg/5ml for UNDER 6 YEARS and 250mg/5ml for OVER 6-YEARS ….It might helps to know the Brands of drops and Suspension been dispensed at the said Gen. Hospital and the Brands of Drops and Suspension in the Pharmacy. Are they same Brands? Are they Different Brands of Same strength/concentration? …
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One comment

  1. Nice one especially the standard dosing for paracetamol.

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