Nafcillin and Pediatric Dose

If you have a bacterial infection, your healthcare provider may recommend nafcillin. This prescription medicine comes as an injection that is given into a vein (intravenously, by IV) or into a muscle (IM injection). Your specific dosage will depend on the type and severity of the infection, among various other factors.
Nafcillin is approved for use in children. Because the pediatric dose of nafcillin is based on weight, it is important that your healthcare provider has an accurate weight for your child. The standard dosage for children is generally 25 mg per kg (about 11.4 mg per lb) given twice daily by intramuscular injection. This dosage should be used for children weighing less than 88 pounds; the usual adult dosage should be used for children who weigh 88 pounds or more.
(Click Nafcillin Dosage for more information on how healthcare providers calculate the adult and pediatric dosage of nafcillin. This Web page also offers some tips on what to expect during treatment with this antibiotic.)
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