Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, etc.) Dosage Table  
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Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, etc.) Dosage Table
Child's weight (pounds)12-1718-2324-3536-4748-5960-7172-9596+lbs
Infant Drops 50 mg/1.25 ml1.251.8752.53.755------ml
Liquid 100 mg/ 1 teaspoon (tsp)½¾1234tsp
Liquid 100 mg/5 milliliters (ml)2.5457.51012.51520ml
Chewable 50 mg. tablets----234568tabs
Junior-strength 100 mg tablets--------234tabs
Adult 200 mg. tablets--------112tabs

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 not, medicine syringes are available at pharmacies. 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.
  • FREQUENCY: Repeat every 6-8 hours as needed
  • ADULT DOSAGE: 400 mg
  • BRAND NAMES: Motrin, Advil, generic ibuprofen

Author and Senior Reviewer: Barton D. Schmitt, M.D.

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