What is Calprofen?
Calprofen is a liquid medicine which can help to ease pain and reduce fever in children. It’s ideal for little ones aged 3 months and older, helping to make them feel more comfortable if they’re suffering with teething pain, headaches, cold symptoms, and many other ailments.
What kinds of pain can this medication be used for?
Calprofen can be used to ease lots of different kinds of pain in children aged 3 months and over, including:
- Teething pain
- Sore throat
- Fever or high temperature
- Muscular aches and pains
- Symptoms of cold and flu
- Post-immunisation fever
How does this medicine work to ease my child’s pain?
Each 5ml dose of Calprofen contains 100mg of the active ingredient ibuprofen, which is a Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug or NSAID. This means that this medicine works not only as a painkiller, but can help to reduce fever and inflammation at the same time, making it the perfect remedy for many different types of pain.
Can I give this product to my child if they are taking other painkillers?
Calprofen can be taken at the same time as some other painkillers, such as paracetamol, as long as you follow the instructions for each separate product carefully. However, you should not use this medicine at the same time as other NSAID painkillers, such as aspirin, which have a daily dose of more than 75mg. If you are not sure whether you can use two painkillers together, speak to your doctor or our pharmacist.
Uses / Instructions
How to prepare
- Shake the bottle well for around 10 seconds before using this product.
- Insert the end of the syringe into the plug in the neck of the bottle, making sure the syringe is secure.
- Hold syringe in place and turn both the bottle and syringe upside down.
- Gently pull down the plunger of the syringe to fill it with a 2.5ml or 5ml dose, depending on what your child needs.
- Turn the bottle the right way up and remove the syringe.
- Place the end of the syringe into your child’s mouth, against their cheek, and gently press down the plunger to slowly release the medicine into their mouth.
- Pause and give your child time to swallow if needed.
- Clean the syringe thoroughly after use.
The amount of Calprofen you should give to your child for each dose changes depending on their age and what you wish to treat. If you are using this product to relieve pain and fever, give the following doses:
3 – 6 months (if the child weighs more than 5kg or 11lbs):
Give 2.5ml dose 3 times a day Do not use for more than 24 hours.
6 months – 1 year:
Give 2.5ml dose 3 times a day
1 – 2 years:
Give 2.5ml dose 3 – 4 times a day
3 – 7 years:
Give 5ml dose 3 – 4 times a day
8 – 12 years:
Give 10ml (2 x 5ml) dose 3 – 4 times a day
Leave at least 4 hours between each dose.
Treat post-immunisation fever in babies and children aged over 3 months who weigh more than 5kg
- Give a 2.5ml dose up to twice a day.
- Give the second dose at least 6 hours after the first dose.
- Do not give more than 2 doses in a 24-hour period.
Do not give this product if your baby or child
- Has (or has had two or more episodes of) a stomach ulcer, perforation or bleeding.
- Is allergic to ibuprofen or any other ingredient of the product, aspirin or other related painkillers.
- Is taking other NSAID painkillers, or aspirin with a daily dose above 75 mg.
Speak to a pharmacist or your doctor before giving this product if your baby or child
- Has or has had asthma, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, a stroke, heart, liver, kidney or bowel problems, or is dehydrated.
If you are an adult taking this product you should not take this product in the last 3 months of pregnancy and you should contact your doctor or pharmacist before taking it in the first 6 months of pregnancy, if you are trying to get pregnant, if you are elderly or if you are a smoker.
KEEP ALL MEDICINES OUT OF THE REACH AND SIGHT OF CHILDREN.
Like all medications, Calprofen can have side effects, although not everyone will experience them. If your child experiences any of the following side effects, stop use and seek medical help immediately:
- Blood in their stools (poo)
- Black, tarry stools
- Vomiting blood or dark particles which look like ground coffee
- Unexplained wheezing, shortness of breath, skin rash (which may include blistering or peeling of the skin), itching, bruising, light-headedness, racing heart, fluid retention (e.g. swollen ankles, decreased levels of urine passed)
- Stiff neck, headache, nausea, vomiting, fever, disorientation
- Severe skin reaction known as DRESS syndrome, showing symptoms such ass skin rash, fever, swelling of the lymph nodes, increase of a type of white blood cell called eosinophils
Other side effects of this medication include:
- Unexplained stomach pain, indigestion, heartburn, feeling sick, vomiting
- Signs of liver problems, e.g. yellowing of the eyes and/or skin
- Severe sore throat with high fever
- Unexplained bruising, bleeding, or tiredness, or getting more infections, such as colds, than usual
- Diarrhoea, wind, constipation
- Kidney problems
- Stroke or heart problems, although this is unlikely at the doses given to children
- Worsening of colitis or Crohn’s disease
- High blood pressure
See patient information leaflet for more details.
Each 5 ml of Oral Suspension contains 100 mg Ibuprofen.
Also contains: E965, E219, E217, E1520 and Ethanol.