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Household Spoons Aren't Accurate Measurements For Medication

Don't Medicate Yourself With Kitchen Spoons

I have traumatic fond memories of my mom running after me with a spoonful of grape Dimetapp. It looks like I was right to fear the spoon, because it's not an accurate way to measure medication. When prescribed to take two tablespoons, the average household spoon you use for soup may not be an exact tablespoon. It may be more or less, which means you could be under- or over-medicating yourself. One teaspoon equals five milliliters, and if you take too little, your body won't be reaping the benefits of the medicine. If you take too much, the side effects associated with the medicine can be more severe.

The solution? Use the little measuring cup or dosage spoon that came with the medicine, or pick one up at your pharmacy. Measure liquids at eye level, and note whether the prescription calls for teaspoons or tablespoons. It's a simple way to ensure you're taking the correct amount of medicine.

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lighthouselady lighthouselady 6 years
The same care in measuring needs to be done when measuring food as well (if you're counting calories, etc.)
MsChoo MsChoo 6 years
If you want to get real accurate make sure the meniscus touches the line of the cup that youre measuring and not the edge of the liquid (touching the cup) =P
jkat jkat 6 years
Just wanted to say that I LOVED grape Dimetapp when I was a kid. I would try to fake being sick just so I could have some. I thought it was SO delicious. And my parents always gave it to me with a kitchen spoon.
Spectra Spectra 6 years
My dad always used to use the kitchen spoons to give us our meds when we were kids. But yeah, now I always use the measuring cup that comes with the meds.
staple-salad staple-salad 6 years
I've always used the spoon that came with the meds or the cup. :P
ojodeazul ojodeazul 6 years
That is why I love TussiCaps for my coughs...you just take one pill...no measuring
GummiBears GummiBears 6 years
Eeek! I tend to use the kitchen spoon since I misplace those little measuring cups. Off to the pharmacy I go.
any any 6 years
thanx good to know, i usually use the cup that comes with the medicine
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