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CALPOL SUGAR FREE INFANT SUSPENSION SACHETS

Active substance(s): PARACETAMOL

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2 Before giving the
medicine to your child
Sugar Free
Infant Suspension
Sachets
Contains 120 mg Paracetamol per 5 ml

T his 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
■ Not to anyone who is allergic to the ingredients.
See section 6
■ Follow the dosage instructions carefully. Children of
different ages need different amounts. These are shown in
the tables. See section 3
■ 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
■ If a child gets a rash, breathing problems, diarrhoea or
gets very tired. See section 3


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.

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 ome of the ingredients can cause
S
problems
■ Methyl

(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. Each
5 ml spoonful of this product contains 2.72 g of
maltitol liquid. Calorific value 2.3 kcal/g maltitol.
■ Carmoisine (E122) may cause allergic reactions.

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.
■ 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 doctor or
pharmacist without using Calpol.


Talk to your doctor or pharmacist…
your child has serious kidney or liver problems.
■ If 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

3 How to use this medicine

Check the tables to see how much medicine
to use.

For oral use only.
sachet contains 5 ml of this medicine.
Any unused contents of the open sachet should be
discarded.
■ Do not give more medicine than the label tells you to.
If your child does not get better, talk to your doctor.
■ Do not overfill the spoon.
■ Always use the spoon supplied with the pack.
■ Do not give anything else containing paracetamol while
giving this medicine.
There is a double-ended
spoon in the pack.


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

Babies 2 - 3 months

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.

Babies under 2 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 anyone has too much

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.
■ Only 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.

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.
■ Leave 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.
It is important to massage the sachet before use.

i

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.
■ If 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.


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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

possible side-effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also
report side-effects 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

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

Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not store above 25°C.
Keep sachets 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.

Tell your doctor as soon as possible if you
notice any of these:

6 Further Information

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

■ 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 a 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

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 packs of 12 or 20 x 5 ml sachets. 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 November 2015.
Calpol is a registered trade mark.

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Date: 01/12/2015

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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