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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


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

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