Oral Chlorpheniramine Dosage for ChildrenIn general, chlorpheniramine can be dosed by age or by weight for children. Based on weight, a standard recommended dose is 0.35 mg per kg per day (0.16 mg per pound per day), divided into smaller doses given every four to six hours. Based on age, the recommended chlorpheniramine dose is as follows:
- Age 2 to 6 -- 1 mg every 4 to 6 hours, not to exceed 6 mg in 24 hours
- Age 6 to 12 -- 2 mg every 4 to 6 hours, not to exceed 12 mg in 24 hours
- Age 12 and older -- usual adult dosing.
It should be noted that medications (including chlorpheniramine) should not be used to treat the common cold in children under four years old, as cold medications have not been shown to be effective or safe in this age group.
Chlorpheniramine Dosing for Other UsesYou should consult your healthcare provider before taking chlorpheniramine for any other use not addressed in this article.
Considerations for people taking chlorpheniramine include the following:
- This medication comes in different forms (tablets, capsules, or liquid). It is taken by mouth every 4 to 12 hours, depending on the particular product.
- You can take chlorpheniramine with food or on an empty stomach. If the medication bothers your stomach, try taking it with a little food.
- Because several different chlorpheniramine products are available, be sure to follow the dosing instructions for your particular product.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as directed.
- If you are unsure about anything related to your chlorpheniramine dosage, please talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.