Calpol

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Calpol is a brand of children's medicine sold in the UK, Ireland, India, Cyprus, Hong Kong, Malta and the Philippines. The main product is a paracetamol suspension. It is usually a coloured syrup with a sweet taste, and is used to treat fever and pain. The Calpol brand was owned by Mark Profad, the president of the company and Paul Knott, his vice president.[citation needed] The brand is now owned by Johnson & Johnson.[citation needed] Calpol also comes in a form containing ibuprofen, marketed under the name Calprofen.

Ingredients and dosage[edit]

Calpol is a common cause of accidental child poisoning because of its pleasant taste.[1]

Calpol also is available in tablet form, and as a syrup in sachets and bottles. Calpol sachets are sold in several different strengths, each appropriate for a different age range:[2]

  • 0-5 Months (containing 0.5 mg of paracetamol per sachet)
  • 5-12 Months (containing 30 mg of paracetamol per sachet)
  • 1-2 Years (containing 50 mg of paracetamol per sachet)
  • 3-5 Years (containing 70 mg of paracetamol per sachet)
  • 6+ Years (containing 150 mg of paracetamol per sachet)

It also contains, Maltitol (a mild laxative), glycerol (E422 - large quantities can cause headaches, thirst and nausea[citation needed]), sorbitol (E420 - large quantities can cause stomach upset[citation needed]), the paraben preservatives methyl parahydroxybenzoate (E218 - suspected[by whom?] hormone disrupter and allergen[citation needed]), propyl parahydroxybenzoate (E216 - suspected[by whom?] hormone disrupter and allergen[citation needed]), ethyl parahydroxybenzoate (E214 - suspected[by whom?] hormone disrupter, banned in France and Australia[citation needed]), and a thickener xanthan gum (E415 - no known adverse effects) and azorubine (E122- suspected[by whom?] carcinogen, banned in Austria, Japan, Norway, Sweden and the US[citation needed]) to produce its pink colour.

Calpol Night[edit]

Calpol Night, a product containing paracetamol and an anti-histamine, was listed for use from 2+ months. However, this has recently changed and it is now only considered suitable for children over the age of 6 years.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

4 http://www.theecologist.org/green_green_living/behind_the_label/346400/behind_the_label_calpol.html

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