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Sugar Free Infant Suspension Sachets

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:

i Not to babies or children taking some other medicines. See section 2 ► i 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: i 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 postimmunisation 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.

■    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.

^klalk to your doctor or pharmacist.

■    If 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


■    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 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 breastfeeding.

Some of the ingredients can cause 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.

■    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.

3 How to use this medicine

Check the tables to see how much medicine to use.

■    For oral use only.

■    Each 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.

■    It is important to massage the sachet before use.

■    Do not give anything else containing paracetamol while giving this medicine.

There is a double-ended spoon in the pack.

Babies under 2 months

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

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3 How to use this medicine


O Babies 2 - 3 months

Child's age - 2-3 months

How much

1. Post-vaccination fever

2.5    ml (small end of spoon).

If necessary, after 4-6 hours, give a second

2.5    ml dose

2. Other causes of pain and fever

- if your baby weighs over 4 kg and was born after 37 weeks

■    Do not give to babies less than 2 months of age.

■    Do not give more than 2 doses.

■    Leave at least 4 hours between doses.

■    If further doses are needed, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

O Children from 3 months to 6 years

Child's age

How much - up to 4 times a day

3-6 months

One 2.5 ml spoonful (small end)

6-24 months

One 5 ml spoonful (large end)

2-4 years

One 5 ml spoonful (large end) and one 2.5 ml spoonful (small end)

4-6 years

Two 5 ml spoonfuls (large end)

■    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.

Q Children over 6 years

Ask a pharmacist to recommend a suitable product.

^kspeak 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.

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.

Alt 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 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 possible side-effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at:; Alternatively you can call Freephone 0808 100 3352 (available between 10am-2pm Monday - Friday) or fill in a paper form available from your local pharmacy.

By reporting side-effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.

5    Storing this medicine

Keep the product out of the reach and sight 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.

Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no longer required. These measures will help to 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 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 Orleans, Cedex 2, France. This leaflet was revised September 2014.

Calpol is a registered trade mark.


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