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What are the common medication measures?

Find out how medications are measured.

There are several common ways to measure medication. [©Shutterstock, 2010]
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There are several common ways to measure medication.

Approximate equivalents of apothecary measures are given below.

Apothecary volume

Volume

Equivalent

1 minim

0.06 milliliters or .02 fluid drams or 0.002 fluid ounces

1 1/2 minims

0.1 milliliters

15 minims

1 milliliter

480 minims

1 fluid ounce

1 dram

3.7 milliliters or 60 minims

1 t (teaspoon)

60 drops

3 t (teaspoons

1/2 ounce

1 T (tablespoon)

1/2 ounce

2 T (tablespoon)

1 ounce

1 C (cup)

8 ounces or 30 milliliters

Apothecary weights

Weight

Equivalent

1 grain

60 milligrams or 1/2 dram

60 grains

1 dram or 3.75 grams

8 drams

1 ounce or 30 grams

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