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Friday, 21 February 2014 03:18

Safety Tips When Measuring Doses 6

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Immediately replace the cap after measuring liquid medicine. Be sure child-resistant caps are locked into place after use. If using an oral syringe with a special ribbed adapter (shaped like a Christmas tree) that allows the medicine to be drawn directly from the bottle (Figure 2), remove the adapter and replace the child-resistant cap on the bottle since the adapter is not child-resistant.
Friday, 21 February 2014 03:17

Safety Tips When Measuring Doses 5

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Look at the liquid medicine at eye level when measuring a dose in a dosing cup or dosing spoon. If possible, measure on a flat surface, bending down to read the liquid volume if possible. Otherwise, hold the dosing cup or spoon up at eye level to read the volume.
Friday, 21 February 2014 03:17

Safety Tips When Measuring Doses 4

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Never read medicine labels or measure liquid medicines in a dimly lit or dark room, or when you are very tired or distracted.
Friday, 21 February 2014 03:16

Safety Tips When Measuring Doses 3

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Know a child's current weight before administering OTC liquid medicine to a child. The most accurate dose is based on the child's weight, not age. Tables are often provided on the medicine label to help select the proper dose according to the child's weight.
Friday, 21 February 2014 03:15

Safety Tips When Measuring Doses 2

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Use only the device that comes with the OTC medicine. These are marked with the measurements you need to prepare a dose accurately. If a dosing device does not come with the product, or you have misplaced the device, ask a pharmacist to recommend one. Never use a device supplied with one medicine for a different medicine. This can lead to dosing errors.
Friday, 21 February 2014 03:13

Safety Tips When Measuring Doses 1

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Never use a household teaspoon or tablespoon to give liquid medicines. They are inaccurate and may deliver more or less medicine than prescribed. Today's OTC liquid medicines almost always come with their own measuring devices.