Calpol gives relief from pain and fever. It contains paracetamol which is also known as acetaminophen. It is available in tablet, suspension and drop. Paracetamol in Calpol may not be suitable for those people who consume alcohol regularly or have pre-existing liver disease.
The alternative brands for Calpol are: Crocin, Dolo, Pyrigesic, Malidens, Macfast, Pacimol, Paracip, Cetcold, Amidol, Paracin, Flupra and Acticin.


Calpol gives relief from fever and mild pain. Calpol is used to treat migraine, headache, toothache, body pain, ear pain, menstrual pain, kidney stone pain, perineal pain after child birth & postoperative pain.

Side Effects

  • Overdosing: Taking high dose of Calpol for long time may cause stomach bleeding or fatal liver damage.
  • Allergic reaction: Allergic reactions due to Calpol are very rare but some patient may show following allergic reaction like itchy & swollen skin, swollen face, mouth, lips, togue and throat, tightness of chest, difficulty in breathing or talking.


  • Avoid drinking alcohol.
  • Always tell your doctors if you have any liver or kidney disease before taking Calpol.
  • Never take Calpol more than five days unless it is prescribed by your doctor.
  • Do not go for overdosing of Calpol if you are not getting relief from pain even after taking the medicine. Always consult your doctor in such situations.
  • Tell your doctor if you are taking the following medicine: Blood-thinner warfarin, Medicine to treat epilepsy, Medicine to treat tuberculosis (TB).

How Calpol works?

Body produces prostaglandins in response of injury or infection which causes inflammation, pain and fever. Calpol work by inhibiting the formation of prostaglandins in brain and spinal cord. However, Calpol can only give symptomatic relief from pain and fever, it does not heal the root cause of pain.

What happens to Calpol inside body?

Calpol is rapidly absorbed in the gut. It takes 10 to 60 minutes to achieve its full concentration in blood. It gets distributed into most of body tissue except fats. Metabolism of Calpol occurs primarily in liver. The concentration of Calpol in blood decreases to half in 1 to 3 hours. The excretion happens through urine.

Can you give Calpol to a newborn?

It is not recommended to give any medicine to the newborn baby unless it is prescribed by a doctor. Calpol drops can be given to baby aged between 1 month to 11 months with doctor prescription only.

How quickly do Calpol drops work?

Calpol drops work very quickly and start showing its effect within 10 to 60 minutes.

Does Calpol drops make baby sleep?

Calpol does not have any sedative property and therefore it cannot make baby sleep.

Is Calpol same as paracetamol?

Yes, Calpol contain Paracetamol and Paracetamol is also known as Acetaminophen.

Is Calpol good for cough?

Calpol do not give relief from the cough or stuffy nose but it can take care of other symptoms which comes along with coughs like headache, fever and ear pain.

Is Calpol safe?

Yes, Calpol is safe as long as you stick to the daily recommended dose and take it as told by your doctor.

Is Calpol is habit forming?

Calpol or Paracetamol is not a habit-forming medicine.

What is the right time to take Calpol?

Ideally it should be consumed after having food.