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Comparison of standard versus double dose of amoxicillin in the treatment of non-severe pneumonia in children aged 2–59 months: a multi-centre, double blind, randomised controlled trial in Pakistan
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    Re: Standard dosage of oral amoxicillin
    • Yasir B Nisar, Research Associate
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      • Shamim A Qazi, Tabish Hazir

    Dear Editor,

    We appreciate the letter from Dr. Fenton. He expressed concern regarding the dosage of amoxicillin, 15 mg/kg thrice daily, for the treatment of World Health Organization (WHO) defined non-severe pneumonia in children aged 2-59 months. He cited the British Thoracic Society guidelines, which recommend oral amoxicillin in a dose of 8 mg/kg thrice daily (which may be doubled in case of severe infection...

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    Standard dosage of oral amoxicillin
    • Theo Fenton, Consultant Paediatrician
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    Dear Editor,

    Hazir et al found that amoxicillin 45mg/day is as effective as 90mg/day -- but 24mg/kg/day (8mg/kg tds) is the standard dose mentioned in the British Thoracic Society guidelines (1).

    Yours faithfully,

    Theo Fenton

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    (1) British Thoracic Society Standards of Care Committee. BTS guidelines for the management of community acquired pneumonia in childhood...

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