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My son is 18 months old. His doctor prescribed albuterol they gave him a dosage of 2.5ml/3ml is this correct? His other dosage before was much smaller. I compared it to a prescription of albuterol that was given to me and it's the same dosage. Is his dosage correct or did they make a mistake?

You do not indicate what type of albuterol (Ventolin) you are using. It is available in oral liquid or inhaled nebulizing solution or oral inhaler. Not knowing how much your child weighs, I can only give you the suggested dosing range. I believe you mean 2.5mg per 3ml for the strength of the product you have.

Inhaled albuterol: Children dose: 1.25-2.5mg by nebulizer every 4 to 6 hours as needed.
Oral liquid: Children under 6yrs: 0.1-0.2mg/kg every 8 hours up to 8mg-12mg in 24 hours.

If the child weighs 22 pounds, the proper oral dose would be 1-2mg every 8hrs. I cannot answer if a mistake was made or not. If the dose is 2.5mg and your child weighs close to 30 pounds, he is not being overdosed. If you have any questions, please contact your doctor or pharmacist.

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