Dosage Guidelines - Ensuring Safe and Effective Treatment

Dosage guidelines provide recommended doses of medications based on factors such as age, weight, and medical condition to ensure safe and effective treatment.
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Guidelines
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Prepared by Shruti Sahoo, reviewed by Dr. Eugene Smith

Dosage Guidelines FAQ


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What is a drug dosing regimen?

Drug dosing regimens are included in drug labels designed to match the approximate drug concentration exposure from the clinical trials in patients with normal kidney and liver function.

What is a dose in medicine?

The term "dose" refers to a specified amount of medication taken at one specific time. According to the American Medical Association (AMA), drug doses are expressed in metric mass units—for example, milligrams (mg) or milligrams per kilogram (mg/kg). Some drugs, such as insulin or heparin, may be prepared as mixtures.

What are drug doses in metric units?

According to the American Medical Association (AMA), drug doses are expressed in metric mass units—for example, milligrams (mg) or milligrams per kilogram (mg/kg). Some drugs, such as insulin or heparin, may be prepared as mixtures. For that reason, they have no specific molecular weight and can't be described in mass units.

What is the iron product choice & dose calculation guide for adults?

The Iron product choice and dose calculation guide for adults has been developed to assist clinicians determine the appropriate formulation and dosage of iron replacement therapy for adult patients. The guide gives practical advice on the choice and route of administration for replacement iron products and how to calculate the correct dose.

Where can I find a reference for a dose?

When doses cannot be located in this reference then specialist references will need to be used, these can be accessed via the RCH Medicines Information homepage, consultation with your clinical pharmacist, consultation with a medicines information pharmacist or by contacting the on-call pharmacist after hours service as appropriate.

How much should a 24 hour infusion dose be?

The starting 24 hour infusion dose should be 80-100% of the total intermittent infusion for the preceding 24 hours if levels, dose and renal function were stable. From clinical experience, a reduction in dosage by up to 20% results in the most effective treatment. Speak to ID or AMS pharmacist for further advice.

Dosage Guidelines References

If you want to know more about Dosage Guidelines, consider exploring links below:

What Is Dosage Guidelines

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7818440/
  2. https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/recommended-covid-19-vaccine-doses?language=en
  3. https://australianprescriber.tg.org.au/articles/appropriate-use-of-dose-administration-aids.html
  4. https://www.pharmacyboard.gov.au/documents/default.aspx?record=WD15%2F17697&dbid=AP&chksum=ZyxagimMxcu67B7Mo7smvw%3D%3D
  5. https://www.seslhd.health.nsw.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/warfadminanddosageadjust.pdf
  6. https://www.tga.gov.au/news/news/recommended-paracetamol-doses
  7. https://www.nps.org.au/assets/5676eec256a6231c-a58671fb7409-4022e07b29362f8b3404da6106257592cc22da332ddb8a4d3873337d7f73.pdf
  8. https://www.verywellhealth.com/drug-dose-definition-and-examples-1123989

Dosage Guidelines Information

  1. https://www.health.wa.gov.au/~/media/Corp/Documents/Health-for/Infectious-disease/COVID19/Treatment/Guidelines-for-use-of-Remdesivir.pdf
  2. https://www.rch.org.au/pharmacy/medicines-information/
  3. https://www.panadol.com/en-au/panadol-for-adults/
  4. https://www.cec.health.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/716935/Drug-Guideline-Use-of-remdesivir-injection-for-COVID-19.PDF
  5. https://www.blood.gov.au/iron-product-choice-and-dose-calculation-guide-adults
  6. https://www.childrens.health.qld.gov.au/for-health-professionals/antimicrobial-stewardship/antimicrobial-dosing-recommendations
  7. https://www.bhs.org.au/bhsapps/govdoc/gdhtml/gddrg0051--25813-vancomycin%20drg%20version%203%202021%20final%20draft%20for%20mmc%20submission.pdf

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