Neonatal Medication Guidelines

Through the support of the South Australian Maternal & Neonatal Clinical Network the South Australian Neonatal Medication Guidelines have been developed collaboratively with pharmacy, neonatal, retrieval and country health services from across the state.

These guidelines will enhance the clinical outcomes for neonates in South Australia by:

  • providing a consistent approach to neonatal medication prescribing, preparation and administration 
  • reducing the duplication of effort in the development of such medication guidelines by individual organisations 
  • contributing to best practice, to optimise patient safety and outcomes. 

The guidelines are supported by separate clinical practice guidelines, designed to enhance knowledge around specific issues unique to the administration of the medication to neonates. 

These guidelines replace guides published independently by Medstar Retrieval, Flinders Medical Centre and the Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

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Aciclovir (PDF 2.8MB)

Adenosine (PDF 1.9MB)

Adrenaline (undiluted) 1mg/mL injection (PDF 3.1MB)

Adrenaline for resuscitation (PDF 2.7MB)

Albumin (PDF 236KB)

Alprostadil (PDF 3MB)

Amoxicillin with clavulanic acid (PDF 2.7MB)

Amoxicillin (PDF 2.2MB)

Amphotericin (liposomal) (PDF 2.7MB)

Atenolol 5mg/mL oral mixture (PDF 372KB)

Atropine (PDF 2.8MB)

Azithromycin (PDF 89KB)

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Benzylpenicillin (PDF 2.8MB)

Beractant (PDF 2.7MB)

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Caffeine citrate (PDF 2.8MB)

Calcitriol (PDF 172KB)

Captopril (PDF 445KB)

Calcium Carbonate (oral) 1250mg tablets (PDF 372KB)

Calcium gluconate (PDF 2.8MB)

CefOTAxime (PDF 2.8MB)

Ceftazidime (PDF 122KB)

CefaLEXin (PDF 2.3MB)

CefaZOLin (PDF 2.7MB)

Chloral Hydrate (PDF 443KB)

Chloramphenicol (PDF 2.2MB)

Chlorothiazide (PDF 2.7MB)

Ciprofloxacin (PDF 102KB)

Clindamycin 150mg/mL injection, 150mg oral capsule (PDF 448KB)

Colecalciferol (PDF 199KB)

Cyclopentolate (PDF 119KB)

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Desmopressin acetate (PDF 453KB)

Dexamethasone (PDF 2.8MB)

Diazoxide (PDF 434KB)

DOBUTamine (PDF 2.9MB)

DOPamine (PDF 2.9MB)

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Enoxaparin (PDF 240KB)

Erythropoietin (PDF 120KB) 

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Fentanyl (PDF 3MB)

Ferrous Sulfate 6mg/mL elemental iron oral mixture (Ferro-liquid®) (PDF 435KB)

Flucloxacillin (PDF 2.8MB)

Fluconazole 2mg/mL injection and 10mg/mL oral mixture (PDF 381KB)

Folic Acid 500 microgram tablet (PDF 372KB)

Frusemide (PDF 2.7MB)

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Gaviscon Infant oral granules (PDF 370KB)

Gentamicin (PDF 515KB)

Glucagon (PDF 2.8MB)

Glucose (PDF 2.7MB)

Glucose Gel (PDF 183KB)

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Hepatitis B Immunoglobulin (PDF 156KB)

Hepatitis B vaccine (PDF 166KB)

Heparin - for anticoagulation only  (PDF 170KB)

Hydralazine (PDF 107KB)

Hydrocortisone (PDF 2.8MB)

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Ibuprofen (PDF 2.7MB)

Immunoglobulin (PDF 380KB)

Indometacin (PDF 386KB)

Insulin hyperGLYCAEMIA (PDF 2.9MB)

Insulin hyperKALAEMIA (PDF 3MB)

IV Compatibility in Neonates (PDF 161KB)

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Lamivudine (PDF 439KB)

Levetiracetam (PDF 545KB)

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Magnesium sulfate (PDF 2.7MB)

Maternal service standards in South Australia (PDF 1232KB)

Meningococcal group B vaccine (PDF 150KB)

Meropenem (PDF 2.7MB)

Metronidazole (PDF 2.7MB)

Midazolam (PDF 3MB)

Milrinone (PDF 492KB)

Morphine (PDF 3.1MB)

Multivitamins (Penta-Vite®) (PDF 158KB)

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Naloxone (PDF 2.7MB)

Neonatal service standards in South Australia (PDF 1232KB)

Neostigmine (PDF 2.7MB)

Nevirapine 10mg/mL oral mixture (PDF 376KB)

Noradrenaline ( (PDF 152KB)

Nutrient Delivery Comparison Tables: Preterm Infants (PDF 386KB)

Nystatin 100,000 units/mL and 100,000 units/g topical (PDF 375KB)

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Omeprazole 40mg injection, 2mg/mL oral mixture*, 10mg dispersible tablet (PDF 449KB)

Octreotide (PDF 90KB)

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Pancuronium (PDF 2.7MB)

Paracetamol (PDF 2.8MB)

Phenobarbital (PDF 200KB)

Phenylephrine (PDF 119KB) 

Phenytoin Neonatal Medication Guideline (PDF 2MB)

Phosphate Sodium (oral) 500mg Elemental Phosphorus tablets (PDF 375KB)

Piperacillin with tazobactam (PDF 2.8MB)

Poractant alfa (PDF 2.7MB)

Potassium chloride (PDF 108KB)

Probiotic (PDF 187KB)

Propranolol 10mg tablet, 2mg/mL oral mixture and 5mg/mL oral mixture (PDF 453KB)

Protamine Sulfate (PDF 140KB)

Pyridoxine (PDF 381KB)

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Ranitidine (PDF 123KB)

Rifampicin 600mg injection, 20mg/mL oral mixture (PDF 386KB)

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Sildenafil (PDF 141KB)

SMOFlipid with Vitamins (PDF 239KB)

Sodium bicarbonate (PDF 2.7MB)

Sodium chloride 0.45%, 0.9% & 20% intravenous, 6% inhalation, 20% oral solution* (PDF 453KB)

Sotalol (PDF 224KB)

Spironolactone (PDF 2.7MB)

Standards for Maternal and Neonatal Services in South Australia 2014 (PDF 1232KB)

Sucrose (PDF 2.7MB)

Suxamethonium (PDF 2.7MB)

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Tetracosactide (tetracosactrin) (PDF 339KB)

Thyroxine (Levothyroxine) (PDF 372KB)


Trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole 16mg-80mg/mL injection, 8mg-40mg oral mixture (PDF 512KB)

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Ursodeoxycholic acid 50mg/mL oral mixture (PDF 378KB)

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Valganciclovir (PDF 163KB)

Vancomycin (PDF 1.5MB)

Vecuronium (PDF 379KB)

Vitamin E (PDF 371KB)

Vitamin K (PDF 2.8MB)

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Zidovudine 200mg/20mL injection (SAS), 10mg/mL oral mixture (PDF 450KB)

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