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Calpol (paracetamol, pain and fever reducer)

Calpol is the brand name of the drug paracetamol (acetaminophen). Paracetamol is not a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), however, it can effectively reduce fever and pain. It does not have significant anti-inflammatory effects.

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Uses

What is Calpol used for?

  • Lowering fever
  • Relieving mild to moderate pain

How should I take Calpol?

Read the directions on the packaging for complete information. Check the label and expiration date.

Shake oral suspensions well and use a medical-grade measuring cup or dropper, not a household spoon.

How do I store Calpol?

Calpol is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Calpol in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Calpol that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush Calpol down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & Warnings

What should I know before using Calpol?

Before using this drug, tell your doctor if you are/have:

  • Pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Taking any other medicines. This includes any prescription, OTC, and herbal remedies.
  • An allergy to any of the ingredients of this product.
  • Any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

Unfortunately, there isn’t enough information about the safety of using this drug during pregnancy and breastfeeding. However, it is likely safe to take. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking any medication.

Side Effects

What side effects can occur from Calpol?

Like all drugs, this product may have side effects. If they occur, side effects are generally mild and resolve once treatment is finished or the dose is lowered. Some reported side effects include:

  • Allergic reaction
  • GI discomfort
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue

However, not everyone experiences these side effects. In addition, some people may experience other side effects. So, if you have any concerns about a side effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Interactions

What drugs may interact with Calpol?

This medication may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects.

To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist.

Drugs with known interactions:

  • Other paracetamol-containing drugs
  • Anticonvulsants
  • Cholestyramine
  • Anticoagulants
  • Metoclopramide
  • Domperidone
  • Oral contraceptives

If you experience an adverse drug interaction, inform your doctor immediately to reevaluate your treatment plan. Approaches include dose adjustment, drug substitution, or ending therapy.

Does food or alcohol interact with Calpol?

Calpol may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Avoid consuming alcohol while taking this drug. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with Calpol?

Calpol may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.

Health conditions that may interact with this drug are:

  • Liver impairment
  • Fructose intolerance

Dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using Calpol.

What is the dose of Calpol for a child?

Based on age and weight:

As 120 mg/5 mL oral suspension

  • 5 to 6 years & weigh 48 to 53 lbs: Give 14 mL every 4 to 6 hours.
  • 4 to 5 years & weigh 42 to 48 lbs: Give 12 mL every 4 to 6 hours.
  • 3 to 4 years & weigh 35 to 42 lbs: Give 10 mL every 4 to 6 hours.
  • 2 to 3 years & weigh 26 to 35 lbs: Give 8 mL every 4 to 6 hours.

As 250 mg/5 mL oral suspension

  • 11 to 12 years & weigh 99 to 110 lbs: Give 14 mL every 4 to 6 hours.
  • 10 to 11 years & weigh 88 to 99 lbs: Give 12 mL every 4 to 6 hours.
  • 9 to 10 years & weigh 77 to 88 lbs: Give 11 mL every 4 to 6 hours.
  • 8 to 9 years & weigh 70 to 77 lbs: Give 10 mL every 4 to 6 hours.
  • 7 to 8 years & weigh 64 to 70 lbs: Give 9 mL every 4 to 6 hours.
  • 6 to 7 years & weigh 56 to 64 lbs: Give 8 mL every 4 to 6 hours.

As oral drops

  • 1½-2 years & 29 to 33 lbs: Give2 mL every 4 to 6 hours.
  • 1 to 1½ years & weigh 24 to 29 lbs: Give 1.7 mL every 4 to 6 hours.
  • 6 to 12 months & weigh 18 to 24 lbs: Give 1.2 mL every 4 to 6 hours.
  • 0 to 6 months & weigh 11 to 18 lbs: Give 0.8 mL every 4 to 6 hours.
  • 0 to 6 months & weigh 7 to 11 lbs: Give 0.5 mL every 4 to 6 hours.

How is Calpol available?

Calpol is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Oral suspension 120 mg/5 mL, 250 mg/5 mL
  • Oral drops 100 mg/mL

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to the nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Sources

Calpol https://www.mims.com/philippines/drug/info/calpol Accessed July 6, 2021

Paracetamol https://www.mims.com/philippines/drug/info/paracetamol?mtype=generic Accessed July 6, 2021

Paracetamol for adults https://www.nhs.uk/medicines/paracetamol-for-adults/ Accessed July 6, 2021

Calpol Infant Suspension Product Leaflet https://mhraproducts4853.blob.core.windows.net/docs/3e175752d72f2d2138bb3a8237f55f69d19def42 Accessed July 6, 2021

Paracetamol [Acetaminophen]. Lexi-Drugs. Lexicomp. Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. Riverwoods, IL. Accessed July 6, 2021. http://online.lexi.com

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Written by Stephanie Nicole Nera, RPh, PharmD Updated Jul 07