Phenylephrine dosage for kids 

Phenylephrine hydrochloride is a nasal decongestants, which helps to relieve a blocked nose. It reduces the size of the blood vessels in the nose and sinuses helping you to breathe more easily. There may be more than one active ingredient in your medicine, such as paracetamol, ibuprofen or an antihistamine. Please read the label on the packaging of all cough and cold medicines carefully to make sure you do not take two or more medicines with the same active ingredients. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions about Phenylephrine.

Do not use Phenylephrine if you:

  • are allergic to phenylephrine hydrochloride or any of the other ingredients listed on the back label of the medicine packaging.
  • have heart problems
  • High blood pressure lower right abdominal pain (particularly due to a tumour near the kidney)
  • have diabetes
  • are a man with prostate problems
  • have glaucoma (increased pressure in the eye)
  • have an overactive thyroid gland
  • are taking Monoamine oxidase Inhibitor medicines (used for depression) or have taken them within the last 14 days
  • are a woman who is pregnant or breast-feeding
  • are a child under six years of age

Phenylephrine dosage for kids and adults

Only Adults, the elderly and children aged 12 years and over. Take one dose (most 12.2mg) up to four times a day. Take with a glass of water. Leave at Least 4 hours between doses. Do not take more than four doses in 24 hours. Do not take for more than 7 days unless your doctor tells you to. Do not take more than the amount recommended on the label of the packaging of the medicine you have purchased. Do not give to children under 12 years without medical advice. Phenylephrine may be given to children aged 6-12 years when purchased from a Pharmacy and under the advice of a Pharmacist; follow their instructions carefully. If the symptoms persist for more than a few days, or worsen, consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Side Effects

Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are using Phenylephrine. All medicines can have side effects. Sometimes they are serious, most of the time they are not. You may need medical treatment if you get some of the adverse effects. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns. If you experience any of the following stop using the medicine and seek immediate medical help:

Difficulty in breathing, swelling of the face, neck, tongue or throat (these are signs of a severe allergic reaction). If you experience any of the following symptoms, or have any other unusual symptoms or concerns with your medicine, stop taking it and talk to your pharmacist or doctor:

  • Fast heart rate, changes in heart rhythm, palpitations (feeling your Heartbeat), high blood pressure
  • Feeling sick, vomiting
  • Headache
  • Men may have difficulty in passing urine.
  • Phenylephrine is available in a number of medicines used to treat coughs, colds and influenza. It may be contained in tablets, capsules or liquids.