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Calprofen 100mg/5ml Oral Susp. Ibuprofen - 12 x 5ml Sachets

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Laura Henderson - Medical Content Writer
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Medical Content Writer
James O'Loan - CEO & Superintendent Pharmacist
James O'Loan
CEO & Superintendent Pharmacist

What is Calprofen?

Calprofen is a liquid medicine which can help to ease pain and reduce fever in children. It’s ideal for little ones aged 3 months and older, helping to make them feel more comfortable if they’re suffering with teething pain, headaches, cold symptoms, and many other ailments. Calprofen comes in easy to use sachets, which help you to measure the right dose for your child.


What kinds of pain can this medication be used for?

Calprofen can be used to ease lots of different kinds of pain in children aged 3 months and over, including:

  • Teething pain
  • Toothache
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Fever or high temperature
  • Muscular aches and pains
  • Symptoms of cold and flu
  • Post-immunisation fever


How does this medicine work to ease my child’s pain?

Each 5ml dose of Calprofen contains 100mg of the active ingredient ibuprofen, which is a Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug or NSAID. This means that this medicine works not only as a painkiller, but can help to reduce fever and inflammation at the same time, making it the perfect remedy for many different types of pain.


Can I give this product to my child if they are taking other painkillers?

Calprofen can be taken at the same time as some other painkillers, such as paracetamol, as long as you follow the instructions for each separate product carefully. However, you should not use this medicine at the same time as other NSAID painkillers, such as aspirin, which have a daily dose of more than 75mg. If you are not sure whether you can use two painkillers together, speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist for advice.


Can I give this product to my child if they are taking other medication?

Some medications can interact when used together, causing unwanted side effects or making your medication less effective. If your child is taking any other medication, including those which don’t require a prescription, you should speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist before giving them Calprofen. This includes:

  • Low-dose aspirin (up to 75mg a day)
  • Diuretics, which are used to help you to pass water, e.g. Bendroflumethiazide
  • Anticoagulants, which are also known as blood thinners, e.g. warfarin
  • Antihypertensives, which are used to treat high blood pressure, e.g. verapamil, propranolol
  • Lithium, which is used to treat mood disorders
  • Methotrexate, which is used to treat arthritis, some types of cancer, and psoriasis
  • Zidovudine, which is used to treat HIV
  • Corticosteroids, which are a type of anti-inflammatory drug, e.g. hydrocortisone
  • Cardiac glycosides, which are used to treat heart failure and arrhythmias


Can adults take this medicine?

Adults can take Calprofen, however there are some additional warnings they will need to consider:

  • Although it is unlikely that occasional use of ibuprofen will affect your chances of becoming pregnant, it can affect fertility. However, this effect is reversible when you stop taking ibuprofen. If you are having problems becoming pregnant, speak to your doctor and tell then you are using this medicine.
  • If you are within the first 6 months of pregnancy, you should only use this product if your doctor has told you to do so.
  • Do not use this product if you are within the last 3 months of pregnancy.
  • Speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist before using this product if you are elderly or are a heavy smoker.


How to take Calprofen

Massage the sachet well to mix the contents before use. Each sachet contains 5ml of medicine, any unused medicine which remains in an open sachet should be discarded. Open the sachet and squeeze the required amount onto the measuring spoon provided, use the spoon to give the dose to your child. The spoon has two ends, a larger end which measures 5ml doses and a smaller end which measures 2.5ml doses. Do not overfill the spoon and clean well after each use.


How much Calprofen should I give to my child?

The amount of Calprofen you should give to your child for each dose changes depending on their age and what you wish to treat. Each sachet contains a 5ml dose, but you may need to use a 2.5ml dose. In this case, measure out half of the sachet onto the smaller side of the measuring spoon provided.

If you are using this product to relieve pain and fever, give the following doses:

  • 3 – 6 months (if the child weighs more than 5kg or 11lbs): Give 2.5ml dose (half a sachet) 3 times a day Do not use for more than 24 hours.
  • 6 months – 1 year: Give 2.5ml dose (half a sachet) 3 times a day
  • 1 – 2 years: Give 2.5ml dose (half a sachet) 3 – 4 times a day
  • 3 – 7 years: Give 5ml dose 3 – 4 times a day
  • 8 – 12 years: Give 10ml (2 x 5ml sachets) dose 3 – 4 times a day

Leave at least 4 hours between each dose.

If you wish to use this product to treat post-immunisation fever in babies and children aged over 3 months who weigh more than 5kg, give a 2.5ml dose (half a sachet) up to twice a day. Give the second dose at least 6 hours after the first dose. Do not give more than 2 doses in a 24-hour period.


When should Calprofen not be used?

Calprofen is not suitable for use by children under the age of 3 months or children who weigh less than 5kg or 11lbs. Do not use this product if you or your child are allergic to ibuprofen, aspirin, any other NSAID painkillers, or any of the other listed ingredients. Do not use this product if your child has (or has had 2 or more episodes of) a stomach ulcer, perforation, or bleeding, or if they have severe kidney, liver, or heart failure. Speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist before using this product if your child:

  • Has or has had high blood pressure, heart problems, or a stroke
  • Has any conditions which may put them at risk of heart problems, e.g. diabetes, high cholesterol
  • Has asthma or allergic diseases of the lungs
  • Had or has had liver, kidney, heart, or bowel problems
  • Is dehydrated
  • Suffers from lupus (SLE) or any similar disease
  • Suffers from a chronic inflammatory bowel disease, e.g. Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis


Does this product have any side effects?

Like all medications, Calprofen can have side effects, although not everyone will experience them. If your child experiences any of the following side effects, stop use and seek medical help immediately:

  • Blood in their stools (poo)
  • Black, tarry stools
  • Vomiting blood or dark particles which look like ground coffee
  • Unexplained wheezing, shortness of breath, skin rash (which may include blistering or peeling of the skin), itching, bruising, light-headedness, racing heart, fluid retention (e.g. swollen ankles, decreased levels of urine passed)
  • Stiff neck, headache, nausea, vomiting, fever, disorientation
  • Severe skin reaction known as DRESS syndrome, showing symptoms such ass skin rash, fever, swelling of the lymph nodes, increase of a type of white blood cell called eosinophils

Other side effects of this medication include:

  • Unexplained stomach pain, indigestion, heartburn, feeling sick, vomiting
  • Signs of liver problems, e.g. yellowing of the eyes and/or skin
  • Severe sore throat with high fever
  • Unexplained bruising, bleeding, or tiredness, or getting more infections, such as colds, than usual
  • Headache
  • Diarrhoea, wind, constipation
  • Kidney problems
  • Stroke or heart problems, although this is unlikely at the doses given to children
  • Worsening of colitis or Crohn’s disease
  • High blood pressure

If you experience these or any other side effects while using this product, stop use 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 which is below 25 degrees C. Store in original packaging and do not use if the expiry date printed on the packaging has passed. Keep out of sight and reach of children.


Important Information

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

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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