What is Calpol Infant Sugar Free Suspension
Calpol Infant Sugar Free Suspension is a remedy for pain and fever that is perfect for little ones aged 2 months and older. If your little one is struggling with everyday aches and pains or the symptoms of cold and flu, Calpol can help them to feel more comfortable, and its sugar free, strawberry flavoured formula is sure to keep both you and your little one happy.
Why is this medicine right for my child?
Calpol is a popular remedy for aches and pains that many people rely on when their child is suffering with pain or fever. Some of the most common reasons why people choose to give their child Calpol include:
- Teething pain
- Sore throat
- Other aches and pains
- Fever or high temperature
- Symptoms of cold and flu
- Post-immunisation fever
How does this product help to relieve pain and fever?
Calpol Infant Suspension contains 120mg/5ml of paracetamol in every 5ml dose. Paracetamol is a popular painkiller which many people use regularly to treat everyday aches and pains, and it can also help to reduce fever or high temperatures.
Can adults take this medicine?
Although adults and children over the age of 6 can take this medicine, you should speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist before use, as they may wish to recommend a more suitable product for you. If adults do take this medicine, then they will need to consider the following additional warnings:
- You can use this medicine if you are taking oral contraceptives (the pill), but it may not be as effective at treating your pain or fever
- If you drink large amounts of alcohol then you may be more likely to experience the side effects of paracetamol
- If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you should speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist before using this or any other medication
Can I give this medicine to my child if they are taking other medication?
You should not give this medicine to your child if they are taking any other medication which contains paracetamol. If you’re taking any other medication, you should speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist before taking this product, to be sure that taking the two together is safe for you. This includes:
- Metoclopramide or domperidone, which are used to treat nausea and vomiting
- Colestyramine, which is used to treat high cholesterol
- Anticoagulants, or blood thinners, such as warfarin
- Anticonvulsants, which are used to treat epilepsy
How to take this medicine
Shake the bottle of medicine well for around 10 seconds before each use. Remove the cap and insert the end of the syringe into the hole in the neck of the bottle. Ensure the syringe is secure and then turn both bottle and syringe upside down. Gently pull down on the plunger to measure a 5ml or 2.5ml dose of medicine and then turn the bottle and syringe back the right way up. Remove the syringe from the bottle and place the end into your child’s mouth, holding it against their cheek. Press down on the plunger slowly and gently to release the medicine into your child’s mouth, pausing to let them swallow if necessary.
How much Calpol should I give to my child?
The amount of this medicine your child will need to take will depend on how old they are and what you wish to treat. To ease pain or reduce fever, use the following doses:
- For infants aged 2 – 3 months who weight more than 4kg/8.8lbs and were born after 37 weeks: Give a 2.5ml dose. After 4 – 6 hours, give a second 2.5ml dose if necessary. Do not give more than 2 doses in any 24-hour period.
- For children aged 3 – 6 months: Give a 2.5ml dose up to 4 times a day
- For children aged 6 – 24 months: Give a 5ml dose up to 4 times a day
- For children aged 2 – 4 years: Give a 7.5ml (2.5ml + 5ml) dose up to 4 times a day
- For children aged 4 – 6 years: Give a 10ml (2 x 5ml) dose up to 4 times a day
Leave at least 4 hours between each dose. Do not give this product to your child for more than 3 days without consulting your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist.
To treat post-immunisation fever in infants aged 2 – 4 months, give a 2.5ml dose up to 4 times a day starting at the time of vaccination. Do not give more than 4 doses in any 24-hour period.
When should Calpol Sugar Free Suspension not be used?
Calpol Infant Suspension is not suitable for use in children under the age of 2 months, or children aged 2 – 3 months who weigh less than 4kg or 8lbs or were born before 37 weeks. Do not use this product if you or your child are allergic to paracetamol or any of the other listed ingredients. Speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist before using this product if your child:
- Has serious liver or kidney problems
- Has an inherited intolerance to fructose, or has been diagnosed with an intolerance to some other sugars
Does this medicine have any side effects?
Like all medications, Calpol Infant Sugar Free Suspension can have side effects, although not everyone will experience them. These include:
- Allergic reactions, e.g. swelling of the face, tongue, or throat, difficulty swallowing, unexplained wheezing, shortness of breath which may be accompanied by skin rash or hives
- Becoming unusually tired, unexpected bruising or bleeding, getting more infections (e.g. colds) than usual
- Very rare cases of serious skin reaction, showing symptoms such as skin reddening, blisters, rash
If you experience these or any other side effects while using this product, stop use and speak to your doctor as soon as possible. For more information about reporting the side effects of medication, please see the MHRA’s Yellow Card Scheme.
How to store this medicine
Store in a cool, dry place which is below 25 degrees C. Store this product in its original packaging, keeping bottle in the outer carton. Do not use if expiry date printed on the packaging has passed. Keep out of sight and reach of children.
This product is a medicine; make sure to speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist before taking this product if you have an underlying medical problem or are taking any other medicine or complementary therapy. If your symptoms get worse or continue after taking this product, contact us or your doctor. For medical services in your area, please refer to https://www.nhs.uk
If you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, speak to your doctor or our pharmacist before taking this product. If you suffer from any allergies, ask your doctor or our pharmacist if this medicine is right for you.
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Please read the included leaflet carefully before using this product.
Please contact your GP if appropriate regarding this product.
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The active ingredient is: Paracetamol 120 mg per 5 ml.
Other ingredients are: Maltitol liquid (E965), glycerol, polysorbate 80, sorbitol liquid (E420), methyl parahydroxybenzoate (E218), propyl parahydroxybenzoate (E216), ethyl parahydroxybenzoate (E214), dispersible cellulose, xanthan gum and purified water.
The flavouring is strawberry
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