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CALPOL SUGAR FREE INFANT SUSPENSION

Active substance(s): PARACETAMOL

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If s/he is between 2-3 months old and is taking this
medicine for other causes of pain and fever and:
■ Weighs less than 4 kg or
■ Was born before 37 weeks
If any of these applies, get advice from a pharmacist
or doctor without using Calpol.


Sugar Free
Infant Suspension

Contains 120 mg Paracetamol per 5 ml

This medicine brings down high temperatures (also called
fever) and relieves pain.
The medicine is OK for most babies over 2 months and
children up to 6 years.
■ Do not give it to children on this list:
■ Not to babies or children taking some other medicines.
See section 2 c
■ Not to anyone who is allergic to the ingredients.
See section 6 c
■ Follow the dosage instructions carefully. Children of
different ages need different amounts. These are shown in
the tables. See section 3 c
■ Speak to your doctor if anything in this list applies:
■ If a child is not getting better, or needs more medicine
than shown in the table. See section 3 c
■ If a child gets a rash, breathing problems, diarrhoea or
gets very tired. See section 3 c
Now read this whole leaflet carefully before you use this
medicine. Keep the leaflet: you might need it again.



1 What the medicine is for

The paracetamol in Calpol Sugar Free Infant Suspension is
used to relieve pain and / or bring down fever (high
temperature) in many conditions including post-immunisation
fever, teething, headache, cold and flu, toothache, earache,
sore throat and other aches and pains.

2 Before giving the
medicine to your child

This medicine is suitable for most people but a few people
should not use it. If you are in any doubt, talk to your doctor
or pharmacist.

Do not give your child this medicine…
If s/he has ever had a bad reaction to any of
the ingredients.
■ If s/he is taking anything else with paracetamol in it.


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Talk to your doctor or pharmacist…
your child has serious kidney or liver problems.
your child has an inherited intolerance
to fructose or been diagnosed with an intolerance to
some other sugars.
■ If your child is taking any other medicines
including:
■ metoclopramide or domperidone (used to treat
nausea and vomiting)
■ colestyramine (used to treat high cholesterol)
■ anticoagulants (drugs that thin the blood, such
as warfarin)
■ anticonvulsants (drugs to treat epilepsy)
If you are not sure about the medicine your child is
taking, show the bottle or pack to your pharmacist.
If any of these bullet points apply, talk to a doctor or
pharmacist.
■ If

■ If

If adults take this medicine:

The following additional warnings are included in case an
adult takes this product.
■ You can use this medicine while you are taking oral
contraceptives (‘the pill’), but it may not work so well on
your pain or fever.
■ If you drink large amounts of alcohol, you may be more
open to the side effects of paracetamol.
■ Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking this
medicine if you might be pregnant or breast-feeding.

3 How to use this medicine

Check the tables to see how much medicine to
use.
For oral use only.
Always use the syringe supplied with the pack.
■ Do not give more medicine than the label tells you to. If
your child does not get better, talk to your doctor.
■ Do not give anything else containing paracetamol while
giving this medicine.



How to use the syringe

Shake
the bottle for at least 10 seconds and
remove the cap.
■T
 here is a plug with a hole in the neck of the
bottle. Insert the end of the syringe in to the
hole and ensure it is secure.
■H
 old the syringe in place and turn the
bottle upside down and gently pull down
the plunger to either 2.5 ml or 5ml as
appropriate (see tables for the correct dose).


Turn the bottle the right way up.
Remove the syringe by holding onto the
bottle and twisting out gently.
■P
 lace the syringe inside the child's mouth against the cheek
and press the plunger slowly to gently release the medicine.
■A
 fter use, the plug should remain in the neck of the bottle. Wipe
the plug and neck clean and rinse the cap before replacing.
■T
 he syringe should be washed and dried after use. It can be
cleaned by hand or in a dishwasher.



 ome of the ingredients can cause
S
problems
(E218), propyl (E216) and ethyl (E214)
parahydroxybenzoate may cause allergic reactions
which could possibly be delayed.
■ The sorbitol (E420) and maltitol content of this
product means that this product is unsuitable for
people with inherited intolerance to fructose. If you
have been told by your doctor that your child has an
intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor before
giving this medicinal product.
■ Maltitol may have a mild laxative effect. It has a
calorific value of 2.3kcal/g.
■ Carmoisine (E122) may cause allergic reactions.

Babies under 2 months
Do not give to babies under 2 months old. Consult
your doctor.

■ Methyl

Babies 2 - 3 months
For the relief of fever after vaccinations at 2, 3 and 4
months - 2.5ml. This dose may be given up to 4 times a
day starting at the time of vaccination. Do not give more than
4 doses in any 24 hour period. Leave at least 4 hours between
doses. If your baby still needs this medicine two days after
receiving the vaccine talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Pain and other causes of fever - refer to the tables below.


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■ If

Child's age

How Much

2-3 months

2.5 ml
If necessary, after 4-6 hours, give a
second 2.5 ml dose.

■ Do

not give to babies less than 2 months of age.
give if your baby weighs over 4 kg and was born
after 37 weeks.
■ Leave at least 4 hours between doses.
■ Do not give more than 2 doses. This is to ensure that
fever that may be due to a serious infection is quickly
diagnosed. If your child is still feverish after two doses,
talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
■ Only

Children from 3 months to 6 years
How often

Child's age

How much

(in 24 hours)

3-6 months

2.5 ml

Up to 4 times

6-24 months 5 ml

Up to 4 times

2-4 years

7.5 ml (5 ml + 2.5 ml) Up to 4 times

4-6 years

10 ml (5 ml + 5 ml)

Up to 4 times

■ Do

not give more than 4 doses in any 24 hour period.
at least 4 hours between doses.
■ Do not give this medicine to your child for more than
3 days without speaking to your doctor or pharmacist.
■ Leave

It is important to shake the bottle for at least 10 seconds
before use.

Children over 6 years
Ask a pharmacist to recommend a suitable product.

Speak to your doctor:
■ If

your baby needs more than the doses shown in the
table, or if fever doesn’t go away, speak to your doctor
as soon as possible.

you are not sure of the cause of your child’s illness
or it is accompanied by a rash, breathing difficulties,
diarrhoea or excessive tiredness or lethargy, speak to
your doctor straight away. Do not give Calpol until you
get medical advice.

If anyone has too much
Talk to a doctor at once if your child takes too much of
this medicine, even if they seem well. This is because
too much paracetamol can cause delayed, serious liver
damage.

If you forget to give the medicine
Give the next dose when needed, provided that the last
dose was given at least 4 hours ago.
Do not give a double dose.

4 Possible side effects

Calpol Sugar Free Infant Suspension can have side effects,
like all medicines, although these don’t affect everyone and
are usually mild.

Tell your doctor as soon as possible if you
notice any of these:
allergic reactions including 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 and getting more infections (such as colds)
than usual. These are very rare effects in people
taking paracetamol.
■ very rare cases of serious skin reactions have been
reported. Symptoms may include: skin reddening,
blisters, rash. If skin reactions occur or existing skin
symptoms worsen, stop use and seek medical help
right away.
If your child shows any of these signs, stop giving
paracetamol and talk to your doctor right away.


Long term use: People who use medicines containing
paracetamol every day for a long time (several months or
more) could get certain side effects, including liver and
kidney damage. People taking paracetamol in the usual way
for shorter periods have not had these problems, but liver
function tests may be affected.
If you notice any side-effects not included in this leaflet
please tell your doctor or pharmacist.

Reporting of side effects: If you get any side-effects, talk to
your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible
side-effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report sideeffects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at: www.mhra.
gov.uk/yellowcard.
By reporting side-effects you can help provide more
information on the safety of this medicine.

5 Storing this medicine

Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not store above 25°C.
Keep bottle in the outer carton.
Do not use after the end of the month shown as an expiry
date on the packaging.
Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or
household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw away
medicines you no longer use. These measures will help
protect the environment.

6 Further information
What’s in this medicine?

The active ingredient is: Paracetamol 120 mg per 5 ml
Other ingredients are: Maltitol liquid, glycerol, polysorbate
80, sorbitol solution (E420), methyl parahydroxybenzoate
(E218), propyl parahydroxybenzoate (E216), ethyl
parahydroxybenzoate (E214), dispersible cellulose, xanthan
gum and purified water. The flavouring is strawberry and
colouring is carmoisine (E122).

What the medicine looks like

Calpol Sugar Free Infant Suspension is a pink liquid, available
in 100 ml and 200 ml bottles. It contains
120 mg of the active ingredient paracetamol in every
5 ml of medicine.
The Product Licence holder is McNeil Products Ltd,
Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 3UG, UK.
The manufacturer is Famar Orleans, 5 avenue de Concyr,
45071 Orléans, Cedex 2, France.
This leaflet was revised October 2015.
Calpol is a registered trade mark.

F310505

F310505 - PIL CALPOL INFANT SF 100ML UKv10.2.indd 2

Component: F310505
Version: 10.2
Dimension: 160x210mm
Date: 20/10/2015
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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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