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#1
01-30-2006, 07:35 PM
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Mg>teaspoons

i was told to give my child 30 mg of a medication. His medicine bottle says to give him 2 teaspoons. Is this the same?
#2
01-31-2006, 05:47 AM
 Robert Fogt Administrator Join Date: Dec 2005 Location: Seattle, WA Posts: 3,452 Rep Power: 13
Re: Mg>teaspoons

Probably not. Weight to volume conversion factors depend on the density of the substance, and every substance has a different density.

Without knowing the density of your medicine there is no way to know for sure.

And since it is medicine which could be harmful if taken in the wrong amount, I would suggest calling a pharmacy. Better safe than sorry.
#3
02-22-2006, 09:35 AM
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Re: Mg>teaspoons

How do you convert 118 m.g sodium to teaspoons ?
#4
02-22-2006, 10:26 AM
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Re: Mg>teaspoons

A metric teaspoon holds 5mL. For water, 5mL weighs about 5g or 5000mg.

For children, most medicines are prepared in a suspension. This means a small amount of the drug is diluted with a large amount of water, sugar, and flavouring and thickening agents. For example, where I live panadol is made in two suspension strengths, 120mg per 5mL, and 250mg per 5mL.

If the medicine you are using is a suspension of 15mg per 5 mL, then 30mg would be suspended in 10mL, which would be two teaspoons.
#5
02-22-2006, 03:40 PM
 Robert Fogt Administrator Join Date: Dec 2005 Location: Seattle, WA Posts: 3,452 Rep Power: 13
Re: Mg>teaspoons

Sodium (Na) has a density of 968 kilograms per cubic meter. That means 118 mg would be 0.12 ml or 0.024 teaspoons. Almost too small of an amount to measure.

Keep in mind that sodium is a metal. If you are asking about common table salt, that is sodium chloride (NaCl) and does not have the same density.
#6
02-23-2006, 08:27 AM
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Re: Mg>teaspoons

What I am refering to is the sodium in my bread.
Which is 190 m.g. or 8% per slice.
I was just wondering if that was alot ?
#7
02-26-2006, 12:47 PM
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Re: Mg>teaspoons

According to Morton salt, there are 2360mg of sodium in 1 teaspoon of table salt.
#8
02-26-2006, 03:56 PM
 Robert Fogt Administrator Join Date: Dec 2005 Location: Seattle, WA Posts: 3,452 Rep Power: 13
Re: Mg>teaspoons

That is good to know. Does it by chance say how many milligrams is the government recommended daily amount?
#9
08-23-2008, 07:35 AM
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Re: Mg>teaspoons

The American Heart Association recommends that adults who are healthy take in no more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium a day.
#10
07-11-2011, 03:23 PM
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Re: Mg>teaspoons

Yes there is a mathematical conclusion for conversions. It is called the nonparenteral doses of medication. The equation looks something like this.

Dosage Ordered/Dosage Available * quanity (form or unit of measurement) = Dose to be given

Just plug in the numbers and convert.

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