Appendix 7. Administration of oral drugs

7.1 Antibiotics

doxycycline PO
Child: 4 mg/kg single dose
Adult: 300 mg single dose

Age

Weight

100 mg tab

< 1 year

< 10 kg

Do not administer1

1 to < 3 years

10 to < 15 kg

½ tab

3 to < 9 years

15 to < 30 kg

1 tab

9 to < 12 years

30 to < 39 kg

1½ tab

12 to < 15 years

39 to < 55 kg

2 tab

Adult

≥ 55 kg

3 tab


azithromycin PO
Child: 20 mg/kg single dose

Adult: 1 g single dose

Age

Weight

250 mg/5 ml susp.

250 mg tab

500 mg tab

< 1 month

< 4 kg

1.5 ml

1 to < 3 months

4 to < 6 kg

2 ml

3 months to < 1 year

6 to < 10 kg

3.5 ml

1 to < 2 years

10 to < 13 kg

5 ml

2 to < 5 years

13 to < 19 kg

8 ml

5 to < 7 years

19 to < 24 kg

10 ml

2 tab

1 tab

7 to < 11 years

24 to < 35 kg

3 tab

≥ 11 years and adult

≥ 35 kg

4 tab

2 tab


ciprofloxacin PO
Child: 20 mg/kg single dose
Adult: 1 g single dose

Age

Weight

250 mg/5 ml susp.

250 mg tab

500 mg tab

< 1 month< 4 kgDo not administer

1 to < 3 months

4 to < 6 kg

2 ml

3 months to < 1 year

6 to < 10 kg

3.5 ml

1 to < 2 years

10 to < 13 kg

5 ml

2 to < 5 years

13 to < 19 kg

8 ml

5 to < 7 years

19 to < 24 kg

10 ml

2 tab

1 tab

7 to < 11 years

24 to < 35 kg

3 tab

≥ 11 years and adult

≥ 35 kg

4 tab

2 tab

7.2 Zinc sulfate

Child under 6 months: 10 mg once daily for 10 days
Child 6 months to 5 years: 20 mg once daily for 10 days

Age

Weight

20 mg dispersible tab

< 6 months

< 7.5 kg

½ tab

≥ 6 months to 5 years

≥ 7.5 kg to 19 kg

1 tab

7.3 Oral potassium (immediate-release)

 This drug is not administered routinely but on medical prescription only.

Child under 45 kg: 2 mmol/kg (2 ml/kg) daily (see table below) for 1 to 2 days
Child 45 kg and over and adult: 30 mmol (30 ml) 3 times daily for 1 to 2 days

Age

Weight

7.5% syrup

< 2 months

< 5 kg

4 ml x 2

2 months to < 1 year

5 to < 10 kg

6 ml x 2

1 to < 3 years

10 to < 15 kg

12 ml x 2

3 to < 5 years

15 to < 19 kg

20 ml x 2

5 to < 7 years

19 to < 24 kg

25 ml x 2

7 to < 9 years

24 to < 30 kg

20 ml x 3

9 to < 13 years

30 to < 45 kg

25 ml x 3

≥ 13 years and adult

≥ 45 kg

30 ml x 3



Footnotes
Ref Notes
1

The tablets contain too high a dosage to be used in children under 1 year or 10 kg.