Calpol is a brand of children's medicine sold in the UK, Ireland, India, Cyprus, Hong Kong and the Philippines. The main product is a paracetamol (called acetaminophen in the United States) 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. Calpol also comes in a form containing ibuprofen, marketed under the name Calprofen.
Ingredients and dosage
Calpol is a common cause of accidental child poisoning because of its pleasant taste.
- 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), sorbitol (E420 - large quantities can cause stomach upset), the paraben preservatives methyl parahydroxybenzoate (E218 - suspected hormone disrupter and allergen), propyl parahydroxybenzoate (E216 - suspected hormone disrupter and allergen), ethyl parahydroxybenzoate (E214 - suspected hormone disrupter, banned in France and Australia), and a thickener xanthan gum (E415 - no known adverse effects) and azorubine (E122- suspected carcinogen, banned in Austria, Japan, Norway, Sweden and the US) to produce its pink colour.
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.
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