Ferrous Sulfate Elixir dosing
I recently had an rx from a clinic for a 3 year old girl for the ferrous sulfate elixir 220mg/5ml. The problem is that the solution I had in stock had 5% ethanol in it. I did not want to give her that solution. Since the elemental iron was 44mg, I opted for an equivalent dose with the Fer-in-sol solution (roughly 3 ml with the new formulation of 15mg elemental iron per ml. Given the age and the weight of the patient (roughly 33 LBS or 15kg) , isn't 44 mg of elemental iron a bit much?? Please comment
The MD was unavailable for about a week (its a free clinic, hard to get a hold of residents/volunteer docs there).