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Malaria, Dengue, and Other Illnesses from Mosquitoes: Medicines
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Paracetamol is a good, affordable medicine for the fever and pain that comes from many mosquito illnesses.
Do not take more than the recommended amount. Too much is poisonous to the liver and can kill. Keep this medicine out of the reach of children, especially if you have it as a sweetened syrup.
Cold medicines often contain paracetamol, so do not give them if you are also giving paracetamol or you may give too much.
Under 1 year: give 62 mg (half of ¼ of a 500 mg tablet), every 4 to 6 hours.
1 to 2 years: give 125 mg (¼ of a 500 mg tablet), every 4 to 6 hours.
3 to 7 years: give 250 mg (½ of a 500 mg tablet), every 4 to 6 hours.
8 to 12 years: give 375 mg (¾ of a 500 mg tablet), every 4 to 6 hours.
Over 12 years: give 500 mg to 1000 mg, every 4 to 6 hours, but do not give more than
4000 mg in a day.