What are Calpol FastMelts?
Calpol FastMelts are melt in the mouth, strawberry flavoured tablets that help to relieve symptoms of pain and fever in children. Perfect for children over the age of six, these tablets are colour and sugar-free, making them the perfect way to combat headaches, fever, symptoms of a cold, and other ailments.
How will I know if my child has a cold?
Symptoms of colds are the same in adults and children, so if you’ve ever had a cold you’ll know what to look for if your little one is feeling under the weather. However, symptoms of colds can last for longer in children than in adults. Some of the most common symptoms of a cold include:
- A raised temperature or fever
- Muscle aches
- Blocked or runny nose
- Sore throat
How will this product help to relieve my child’s cold?
Calpol FastMelts contain the active ingredient paracetamol, which is a popular painkiller that many people take to manage everyday aches and pains. As well as being a very effective painkiller, paracetamol can also help to reduce fever and high temperatures, making this product perfect for children suffering from cold and flu.
Can adults use this medication?
Adults can take Calpol Fastmelts, but there are a few additional things you should keep in mind if you choose to take this product.
- If you are taking the oral contraceptive pill then this product may be less effective at reducing pain or fever
- If you drink large amounts of alcohol you should speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist before taking this product, as it can make you more likely to experience side effects
- You should speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist before taking this medication if you are pregnant or breastfeeding
Can I give this to my child if they are taking other medication?
You should speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist before using this product if you or your child are taking other medication. Some medications can interact when they are used together, causing unpleasant side effects or making your medication less effective. These medicines include:
- Metoclopramide or domperidone, which are used for nausea and vomiting
- Colestyramine, which is used to treat high cholesterol
- Anticoagulants, which are also known as blood thinners, such as warfarin
- Anticonvulsants, which are used to treat epilepsy
How to use Calpol FastMelts
For best results, gently suck Calpol Fastmelts until they dissolve on the tongue and then swallow. Do this up to 4 times a day, leaving at least 4 hours between each dose and never taking more than 4 dosages in 24 hours. Your dose will be:
- Children aged 6 – 9: 1 tablet up to 4 times a day
- Children aged 9 – 12: 2 tablets up to 4 times a day
- Children aged 12 – 16: 2 – 3 tablets up to 4 times a day
- Adults and children aged over 16: 2 – 4 tablets up to 4 times a day.
When should Calpol FastMelts not be used?
Calpol FastMelts are not suitable for use by children under the age of 6. Do not take this product if you or your child are allergic to paracetamol or any of the other listed ingredients. Do not give this product to your child if:
- They are taking anything else with paracetamol in it
- They have phenylketonuria (a hereditary disease discovered at birth)
- They have serious kidney or liver problems
Does this product have side effects?
Like all medicines, Calpol FastMelts can have side effects, although not everyone will experience them. These side effects include:
- Allergic reactions, e.g. swelling of the face, tongue, or throat, difficulty swallowing, wheezing
- Becoming unusually tired
- Unexpected bruising or bleeding
- Getting more infections (such as colds) than usual
- Serious skin reactions e.g. skin reddening, blisters, rash
If you or your child experience these or any other side effects while using Calpol FastMelts, stop using this product and speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist right away. For more information about reporting the side effects of medication, please see the MHRA’s Yellow Card scheme.
How to store this product
Store in a cool, dry place at room temperature. Store in original packaging and do not use this product after the 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.
Store all medicines out of sight and reach of children.
Please read the included leaflet carefully before using this product.
Please contact your GP if appropriate regarding this product.
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- Paracetamol 250 mg per tablet, mannitol (E421), crospovidone, aspartame (E951), magnesium stearate, basic butylated methacrylate copolymer, polyacrylate dispersion 30% and colloidal anhydrous silica. The flavouring is strawberry.
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