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How to Use Liquid Measuring Devices

Always use a proper measuring device. Use the device that comes with the medication. If one is not provided, ask your pharmacist for advice to pick the best measuring device. Measuring devices which come with a product should not be used to measure other medications unless your doctor or pharmacist tells you to do so. If you lost the measuring device that came with your medication, call your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Cup

  • Be sure to measure at eye level on a flat surface (not held in your hand).











  • Fill the cup to the correct line to measure your dose. It may be helpful for you or your pharmacist to mark the correct fill line for your dose.










  • Depending on the dose, a couple sips may be necessary to take the full amount of liquid.


  • If the liquid is thick or sticky, you may need to add a little water and swirl the cup to get the full dose of medication.











  • Wash your hands after you have finished giving the medication and closed the bottle tightly.













Dosing spoon

  • Be sure to measure at eye level and hold upright (not tipped).













  • Fill the dosing spoon to the correct line to measure your dose. It may be helpful for you or your pharmacist to mark the correct fill line for your dose.











  • Depending on the dose, a couple sips may be necessary to take the full amount of liquid.











  • If the liquid is thick or sticky, you may need to add a little water and swirl the spoon to get the full dose of medication.











  • Wash your hands after you have finished giving the medication and closed the bottle tightly.











Droppers or oral syringes

  • Carefully pull up medication into the syringe to the correct marking. It may be helpful for you or your pharmacist to mark the correct fill line for your dose.










  • Do not fill the dropper or syringe to the top.


  • Be sure to tap out any air bubbles.












  • Never squirt the liquid from the dropper or oral syringe directly onto the back of a child’s throat. Carefully and slowly squirt it into the space between the tongue and cheek in small amounts. Be sure to take breaks to allow your child to swallow.









  • Wash your hands after you have finished giving the medication and closed the bottle tightly.












Other Information

  • Do not combine two different liquid medications in a measuring device at the same time.

  • Only mix liquid medicines with food or drinks when you have information that it is safe to do so.

  • Discard any excess liquid if you overfill the measuring device. Do not return any excess liquid to the original container as it may contaminate the remaining product.

  • Always wash the measuring device after use. Be sure to dry it carefully before the next use as any remaining water will cause the next dose to be measured improperly.