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how come pediatric and pediatric patients often require lower doses of drugs than other patients?

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Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Variable: Different body size and different metabolism lead to differences in how much drug is needed. Susceptibility to side effects is also an important consideration.
Answered on Mar 23, 2015
Dr. Ashraf Abdel Azeem
36 years experience Pediatrics
Medication dosage: In pediatrics, medication dose is weight related. The smaller the child the smaller the dose.
Answered on Apr 20, 2014
Dr. Yash Khanna
56 years experience Family Medicine
Based on body weight: Pediatric patients are small and come in all sizes and weights The dose of most medicines and drugs is base on their body eight and calculate as mgm/kgm of body weight or ml/kgm of body weight
Answered on Mar 23, 2015
Dr. Martin Fried
35 years experience General Practice
Weight: The reason for lower doses is usually based on weight. Children weigh less than adults. The dose is usually calculated based on the average weight for age- or the actual weight for age.
Answered on May 22, 2015

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