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Brand: Tesco / Type: Liquid paracetamol / Dosage Form: Suspension

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      29.07.2013 10:58
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      as good as calpol at half the price!!!

      One thing I remember growing up is that if me or my brothers and sisters were unwell my mum would grab a bottle of calpol and everything would be better. She'd only ever buy the branded calpol so when I became a new mum it was calpol I reached for when my son needed it.
      However after deciding to be a stay at home mum (my children were only going to be young once) we had to tighten the belts and start looking for cheaper alternatives.
      It was only when I picked up my new bottle of calpol that my eyes glanced sideways to the box next to it....own brand calpol!!! well who'd have ever thought you could get own brand calpol?? only its proper name is "paracetamol oral suspension"

      After much comparing of boxes, (much to my fiancés annoyance...he hates taking too long in shops) I decided they were practically the same stuff so bought the own brand version. I've since bought own brand ever since from many different shops but as we now shop at Tesco for the past year I have been using Tesco paracetamol oral suspension.

      compared to calpol (the branded stuff), the Tesco paracetamol is a lot cheaper, almost half the price. Calpol is currently £3 for 100ml, the Tesco version is £1.75 for 100ml. And for comparisons sake they are both sugar free, strawberry flavour and have 120mg of paracetamol per 5ml. The Tesco version is also colour free, so there must be a few less E numbers than in the bright pink calpol!! Both come with a measuring spoon or syringe. The Tesco one comes with a spoon, and although all the calpol I bought came with spoons, I see from Tesco online some now come with a syringe.

      Using Tesco paracetamol is exactly the same as using calpol....either pour onto a medicine spoon or use a medicine syringe to measure the right amount and pour into your child's mouth. This can be a bit of a fight depending on your child, my son was grateful of pain relief, my daughter seems to think I'm trying to put her out of her misery/pain by poisoning her so fights until she's blue in the face!!! Though I have found that she takes her medicine a lot better when she uses a big girl spoon, which is great because that's what the Tesco paracetamol comes with.

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      IMPORTANT....DOSAGE AND WARNINGS
      It is very important to follow the dosage instructions which can be found on the side of the box, on the information leaflet inside and on the side of the bottle....really no excuse for not looking at them!!
      3-6 months...one 2.5ml spoonful (the small end)
      6-24 months...one 5ml spoonful (the large end)
      2-4 years....one 5ml and one 2.5ml spoonful (7.5ml)
      4-6 years...two 5ml spoonful (10ml)
      ***DO NOT GIVE MORE THAN 4 DOSES IN 24HOURS (that's not each day....that's 24 hours...if you give the first dose at 1pm....you can only give 4 doses between that first dose and 1pm the next day...midnight doesn't mean you can give another 4 doses)
      ***YOU MUST WAIT 4 HOURS BETWEEN DOSES
      ***do not give for more than 3 days without visiting your doctor....this is to check that everything is alright with your child.

      Babies of 2 months can be given one dose of 2.5ml after their immunisations, and another dose 4-6 hours later. no more than 2 doses should be given to babies under 3 months without medical advice.
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      Right now onto our experiences of this paracetamol oral suspension....I've used the Tesco version pretty much constantly for the past year now and have used it for many things. My son gets the usual colds from school and as he's too young for cold remedies his only option is paracetamol. He also suffers with growing pains in his legs (mainly at night). 10ml of paracetamol usually does the trick and helps him to get back to sleep.
      My daughter has had far more use of this products. at 3 weeks she was very hot, wouldn't stop crying, starting with a few spots.... the doctor told us to give her paracetamol and to revisit him a few hours later....the paracetamol worked and we avoided a trip to hospital which he said would have been happening by ambulance had she not calmed or the spots got worse. She's since had countless colds and even the most horrendous bout of tonsillitis last week. This I found to be the biggest test for this small bottle of paracetamol....once I could get it inside her!!!!
      on one of the hottest days of the year my 18 month old decided she wouldn't swallow anything....not even paracetamol...she was burning up and starting to get dehydrated. The hospital gave us some numbing spray for her throat and then she was able to swallow the paracetamol. MAGIC STUFF!!!! by getting 5ml of paracetamol into her she cooled a bit, and was able to swallow again (the throat spray only worked short term so got to be the paracetamol which helped the pain for longer ) we kept up with the paracetamol alternated with ibuprofen to keep a steady stream of pain relief in her (doctors advice!) and a few days later she was all better again

      RECOMMENDATION???
      definitely!!!! If you're going to use calpol then why not use this at half the price? it contains the same paracetamol which is what you need to ease the pain. It does taste a little different but its definitely not unpleasant....just different. It works just as well so why not give it a try??
      definitely 5/5 stars for this little bottle of magic.

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      10.05.2013 11:47
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      worth a try.

      We always have a selection of medicines in our cupboard for just in case moments. I don't know about other parents but my boys always seem to get ill during the night! One medicine I have always had is Calpol but recently I thought I would save a few pennies and give Tesco's own version ago. A few parents had mentioned it and said they thought there was little difference.


      Tesco paracetamol oral suspension is targeted at the young end of the market but is still suitable for my for my two boys who are aged three and five. This medicine is suitable for babies aged three months up to children aged six years. The medicine comes in small 100ml glass bottle which is then inside a cardboard packaging. The packaging contains all the information I feel a parent would be looking for. There is also a leaflet inside the packaging with further details should you need it. As with most medicine products these days the bottle comes with a push down and twist lid making it difficult for a child to get into. The medicine also comes with the usual white medicine spoon making it easy to measure out 5ml or 2.5ml on the correct end of the spoon. I never found these easy when my children were little and purchased a syringe from my local chemist making giving medicine to a young child easier.

      Tesco oral suspension paracetamol can be used for the usual fever and pain relief your child may suffer. This particular medicine is strawberry flavoured which I felt would go down well with my son's and is sugar and colour free too. When pouring the liquid out of the bottle it is of a thickish consistence and is relatively clear. It smells quite nice too not too far of the scent of calpol. We have used this on a few occasions now. My eldest son is not too keen on the flavour and moans when he has to have it. I like to tell him horrible medicine makes you better quicker! I have tried a small dab off my finger and comparing it to the likes of Calpol it does have a slight bitter after taste to it. It does start of quite sweet but you are left with a slight unpleasant taste after.


      The taste isn't the be-end and all though it is how effective it is. And to answer that I would say it is relatively good and has managed the usual tummy ache, colds etc. At least with my son not liking the taste I know he isn't putting anything on to get nice medicine! The only time I have been negative about this product was the other week when my son had a raging temperature this just didn't seem to get it under control and I had to use my trust worthy nurofen for children. So if recommending this product I would say works well on the minor things but struggles with the raging fevers.


      So overall I think it is an ok product just your average medicine. It is priced at £1.50 and can be found in all Tesco stores. If you struggle with your child taking medicine I would say for the extra pound stay with Calpol.

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        08.04.2013 20:38
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        Pain relief but not at a price!

        As most parents know, especially when you have children who start nursery, that one big issue falls upon them ( as I have discovered! ) is illness.My son up to the age of 3 has always been healthy and when he rarely got a cold, would shake it off really quickly. Fast forward September 2012, 2 weeks into nursery his first cold that Autumn creeps in and he now gets one more or less every 6 weeks now. New children, enviroment, germs...takes its toll on little ones.So I found myself buying the most over the counter cold/flu medicines I have ever done in all my years for myself, in the space of 7 months, which is very expensive. I spotted this at a price of £1.50, and thought I would give it ago, because he was suffering and had a little temperature.

        What is it?

        Basically a liquid form of paracetamol designed and made specifically for kids over the age of 3 months ( in some cases 2 months but would always check with ba doctor ). Its 100ml in size, suger free, colour free and a yummy starwberry flavour. Perfect to entice the little ones.

        What does it do?

        Helps manage pain, fever and discomfort from problems such as teething, cold, flu or post vaccination issues. Generally a good all rounder that covers quite afew child illness systems.

        How to take?

        It comes with a measured spoon so will allow you to give the child the correct dosage If the child is really young, always ask your chemist for a syringe to take oral medicine Sometimes you get them for free,sometimes you have to pay, but theyre very cheap. Different doses for different age children, which is clearly on the bottle. Dosage goes up slightly as the age gets higher.

        How did I find the product?

        Very good. Considering I have children so if theyre both ill I can go through product like this like water, so at £1.50 its very affordable and has exactly the same effect as Calpol with the same dose of paracetamol in it. For the same size product and at least £1.00 cheaper, you cant lose!

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        04.11.2012 22:21
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        A cheaper version of Calpol but nowhere near as effective

        From the moment my daughter started teething she has had a lot of pain and trouble with sore gums, and I think it is made worse by the fact that she is a dry teether, she doesn't dribble at all. We seem therefore to go through a LOT of calpol, not during the day so much as she has got older and is more easily distracted from the pain, but particularly at night. This last week she has been suffering at night with her bottom molars pushing upwards, and so in my weekly shop at Tesco I picked up their own version of Calpol, the Tesco paracetamol oral suspension, which costs almost half the price of Calpol at £1.50 for a 100ml bottle. I have previously tried the Boots version of Calpol and really felt it to be just as good as the real thing, so was confident the Tesco version would be the same

        THis TEsco paracetamol oral suspension is suitable for babies from 3 months, and as well as being strawberry flavour, it is sugar free and colour free, which I much prefer, especially when I am giving it at night. I certainly don't want a sugar rush.

        On the front of the box, Tesco claim that this oral suspension is a fast, effective pain and fever reliever for babies and children. It is suitable for those with a fever but also for other pain including teething pain which was what I was buying it for. It can also be used for post vaccination fever for those between 2 to 3 months but only the small amount and there is further advice on the side of the box about this.

        If I think we are in for a bad night with teething pain, I have sometimes given paracetamol before my daughter goes to bed, if I don't think it is as bad I won't give it to my daughter unless she wakes crying in pain. There is no problem getting this medicine into my daughter, even at night, she will quite happily take it, so it must taste nice. Now, I didn't expect it to work instantly, as even Calpol can take a while to kick in, but on the occasions I have given this to my daughter when she has woke crying sore with the pain, I felt it has taken a while to work in relieving the pain, and I also didn't feel the effects of the pain relief wore off much quicker than the likes of calpol would. Even on a night, I would have given this oral suspension before bed, my daughter would still wake crying, long before I would have expected such a medicine to wear off.

        So, I have been disappointed with this product. Maybe for some pain during the day, it may be fine, but certainly for teething pain at night I have not found it to be as effective as the real thing nor as good as the Boots version and I just am not confident in using this product to give my daughter the pain relief she needs for long enough. Disappointing and not something I would be purchasing again, as I would rather pay more for the more effective product.

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        13.04.2012 15:56
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        why pay more for the same thing?

        When it comes to pain relief for children, we are often bribed into paying out for Calpol. Store branded paracetamol suspension is the same thing but in a different bottle and is intended to serve the same purpose - relieve your childs pain.

        ~Tesco Paracetamol Suspension~

        Presented in a blue box, Tesco offer a 100ml sized bottle of paracetamol suspension. The bottle has a child safety cap and there is an information leaflet and medicine spoon included.

        This paracetamol suspension is designed to be used by children over the age of 3months and like with any medicine, care should be taken and dosage instructions adhered too. 5ml of suspension contains 120mg of paracetamol.

        This medicine can be given to a child between 2-3months after they have had their jags. To provide relief from pain and fever, this paracetamol can be given up to 4 times a day and doses should be at least 4hours apart.

        *3-6months - 2.5ml
        *6-24months - 5ml
        *2-4yrs - 5ml and 2,5ml
        *4-6yrs - 2 x 5ml

        Tesco Paracetamol Suspension is available from www.tesco.com or instore. It is priced at £1.50.

        ~Our Thoughts~

        Like any parent, I keep infant medicine in our medicine cupboard. I started off buying Calpol before being recommended the Boots and Asda parcetamol. I was shopping in Tesco one day when I remembered we had ran out so I picked up a bottle of the Tesco paracetamol suspension. At almost half the price of Calpol, it is the budget friendly option and one which every home with children should have a stock of.

        The bottle is very secure though I keep it out of my sons reach anyway - you can never be too careful. The dosage instructions have recently been updated so it is always worth familiarising yourself with them to avoid any dangerous mishaps. The spoon is a basic medicine spoon and can be washed and re-used.

        We only ever give this to my son when he really needs it. He has no issues with taking this medicine. It is designed with children in mind - it is fairly thick, clear and syrupy with an overly sweet strawberry flavour. It doesn't look or smell as pleasant as the pink Calpol but my son takes it fine and doesn't complain. My son is nearly 4 so I give him between 5ml and 7.5ml when required.

        This paracetamol performs well. We have used it when my son has had a fever, sore tummies and when he was unwell with chicken pox (it was recommended by the doctor). I found it best to combine with childrens ibuprofen when he had his jags as I feel the stronger combo is better for after jags. I find this paracetamol is fast acting and within 30 minutes or so, my son is in less discomfort and/or his fever has reduced to a less frightening level.

        The effects of this paracetamol last well and often I don't need to give the full 4 doses in 24hours. The paracetamol is sugar free and doesn't send my son hyper but does make him feel better and more 'Boo like' whilst relieving any pain he may be experiencing. It works really well. I have tasted it myself and found it to be very sickly but given that it is only for small doses, this isn't a problem really.

        Overall I can recommend this paracetamol.

        Thanks for reading :)

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          17.03.2012 18:21
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          Cheap pain relief

          A few months ago my mum had some vouchers through from Tesco, willing her to go back and shop instore. There were four vouchers for four different weeks, offering her £10 off a £30 spend, incredible! She only shops online now so I got the vouchers, kerching! I decided, as I could get £30 worth of shopping for only £20, I would stock up on essentials and toiletry type items with long shelf lives first and foremost, this included medicines, and Tesco's paracetamol suspension.

          -- Information --

          The dosage information:
          2-3 month olds - 2.5ml after vaccination, then another 2.5ml if it is needed 4-6 hours later.
          3-12 month olds - 2.5ml to 5ml every 4 hours
          1-6 year olds - 5ml to 10ml every 4 hours
          No more than 4 doses in 4 hours for any child above the age of 3 months.

          This Tesco paracetamol suspension is only available in Tesco stores, but having used the Asda's store own aswell, I would say it is the same thing! It currently costs £1.50 for a 100ml bottle.

          -- Our experience --

          When my daughter was little, I would only use Calpol instead of stores own brands. I only wanted the best for her. After seeing my friends using cheaper brands, I decided to take the plunge too, using Asda as my main grocery store I bought Asda's version first and it was a hit. Then when I got my golden vouchers I thought best to stock up on medicines and give Tesco's paracetamol suspension a go.

          The paracetamol suspension is pretty much exactly the same as Calpol. It comes in a glass bottle and contains the same thick, sticky medicine that most kids seem to adore. The packaging is different to the picture and isn't purple in colour anymore, it's now a dark blue. Inside the box is the bottle, and also a measuring spoon.

          I find, both me and my daughter get in a right mess when trying to use a medicine spoon, I've always got some syringes at home as it is a whole lot easier and almost mess free. The sticky nature of the medicine means, when using a spoon, it drips all down the side of the bottle, gets spilt before it reaches my daughters mouth, but by simply using a syringe into the bottle then straight into her mouth we have no mess!

          My daughter never makes a fuss when taking this medicine, I think this is due to the sweet strawberry flavour. Although it does taste very sweet, it is sugar free so that's a bonus. It does contain quite a few E numbers, but with the small dosage I'm not overly worried about them.

          When my daughter has a temperature, I've found it takes around half an hour for it to drop, and for my daughter to brighten up again. This usually lasts for around 3 hours, which isn't too bad, as it isn't long before she can have another dose again if she should need it.

          -- Overall --

          I'd definitely recommend trying this Tesco brand of paracetamol suspension, it is a whole lot cheaper than Calpol, but has the exact same effect on my daughter. It brings her temperature down nicely, and she can take it without any fuss.

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            01.03.2012 22:03
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            paracetamol medicine with spoon for children

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            With a price compared to Calpol's £3.25 and making a saving of £1.75, it's definitely worth the buy.
            It's amazing how much of it you tend to go through when children are teething, poorly, growing pains, earache and those horrible temperatures we're just not sure what is causing it.

            Hollie is almost 3 and this week suffered from a bug which gave her a temperature of 41.3.
            I gave her this paracetamol suspension which brought it back to 37.0 which was brilliant.
            It took about 30 minutes before the temp came down but it works just the same as the big brand Calpol does.

            When comparing the Tesco's paracetamol suspension to calpol there isn't a difference in how the medicine works at all.
            The only difference is in colour.
            I prefer to buy Tesco's now as I know I am getting value for money.
            I can buy 2 bottles of Tesco's suspension for £3 whereas with Calpol, just one bottle is £3.25.

            Tesco Paracetamol suspension:
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            For £1.50 you get 100ml and a measuring spoon for dosage.
            I give Hollie 5ml when she is poorly so for the 100ml bottle it will give 20 uses making each use 7.5pence.
            For younger children you need to give them just 2.5ml making it even cheaper per dose.

            The dosage ages can be found on the box and also on the bottle.
            It states not to give the medicine to children under 3 months. I didn't really need to buy this when Hollie was so young
            as she didn't start needing medicines until the fevers from teething came in.

            It has a strawberry flavouring to appeal to children, sugar free and also no added colourings.
            When poured onto the spoon it is a cloudy, shiny colour and is rather sticky so I would suggest putting some
            tissue under the childs chin before feeding them it or a bib to catch any runaway medicines.

            Doing the math over the years of children needing this medicine and how many times it's needed to be given, you could save alot of money by just going to a different brand.
            Tesco have changed the box from what this looks like, and it is now a darker blue with a little girl on the front.

            Try it out next time your in store. There isn't always a difference except price when it comes to medicines.

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            When it comes to medicine, I don't really want to use it very often with Hollie and always try to find an alternative to making her feel better than giving her something she may not need.
            Most of the time it always ends up with me giving her calpol.
            When she was teething she was having it daily for about 2 weeks as she was in constant pain and teething rings
            and soothers weren't taking the edge off the pain.
            I much prefer to use Tesco's paracetamol as it not only helps Hollie to feel better, but it's not breaking the bank.
            As a mum, I always aim to make her as comfortable as possible so this oral suspension seems to be the thing that works best.
            We have also tried Tesco's ibuprofen oral suspension which works just as well as the paracetamol does.


            Thanks for reading my review.

            Helen190390

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            04.05.2011 09:15
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            Great product if you will use a bottle in 2 months

            Unfortunately my 7 month old daughter is really struggling with teething and as our doctors won't prescribe Paracetamol I had to go and buy some medicine for her. In most cases I would say that the own brands are generally just as good as the brand names so when I noticed that Tesco did there own version of Calpol I though I would give it a try. I paid £1.77 for 100ml bottle whereas the Calpol version was £2.50 for 100ml so if you think how much of this you will go through over the years it seems to me it would be a really good saving.

            The medicine is packaged in a cardboard box and is purple on the top of the box followed by a few white squiggly lines across the box and then a picture of a little girl on w pale blue background. The front of the box has on the make which obviously is Tesco and then Paracetamol oral suspension 120mg/5ml and the claim "oral suspension for fast and effective fever and pain relief for babies and children" there is also some Braille down the whole front of the box which you don't get on most brands.

            To administrate the medicine you have to shake the bottle thoroughly and it states to use a spoon to get the correct dosage however I always find a syringe is much easier. The dosages are 2-3 months after vaccination 2.5ml and then another 4-6 hours later if needed, 3-12 months 2.5 - 5ml every 4 hours up to 4 times a day, 1-6 years 5ml-10ml every 4 hours up to 4 times a day and over 6 ask a pharmacist to suggest a suitable product. There is also a warning that you should not give this for more than three days without consulting a doctor, you must not give with any other Paracetamol containing product and must keep the medicine out of reach of children. This medicine is to be discarded 2 months after opening which obviously is not great and I'm pretty sure I have never seen this on Calpol but I may be wrong.

            The active ingredient is Paracetamol and the medicine also contains maltitol liquid, sodium methyl parahydroxybenzoate E219 and E217.

            Inside the box is a glass bottle just like you get with Calpol, there is a white child proof lid on the top and the label on the bottle repeats all of the information on the box which is good as it means you can bin the box and still have all the information. Once open I use a syringe and draw up the medicine which is easy enough and the liquid is a thick white coloured syrup, the flavour is supposed to be strawberry but the little bit I licked off my finger didn't taste awful but didn't taste as nice as Calpol. The medicine comes with a spoon for giving the medicine but I wouldn't fancy trying this with a 7 month old.

            My daughter has taken this medicine no problem and has helped her be less grouchy so would have to say it works, I have seen improvement within about half an hour so think it works just as quick as Calpol however I will buy Calpol in future just for the fact of the bottle has to be discarded after 2 months so I think it is false economy to buy the cheaper one if I will keep having to bin it and buy another one although I will have to double check the Calpol box first.

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            It works

            It is always handy to have paracetamol at the ready in a house hold with a toddler, for those fevers,bumps and scrapes and the occasional tummy ache.

            I have always been an avid user of Calpol when i noticed that tescos did their own version. TESCO PARACETAMOL 120MG/5ML ORAL SUSPENSION is a product that can be bought in 100ml bottles and i have to say is cheaper than the branded alternative. At about £1.77 a bottle it is readily available at the same stregnth as calpol (120mg/5ml).

            It comes in its own box that contains the same information as the bottle itself including the ingredients, directions, age range and sell by/use by date. The box is recyclable.

            The bottle for the suspension itself is roughly 10cm tall and is made of brown tinted glass with the white safety cap that you would expect. To open, you have to push the lid down and turn anti-clockwise. You know if you have done it wrong as you hear the 'clicking noise' over and over, lol.

            The label is paper and is stuck right around the bottle. The frontage states the product and states that is for children 3+ months. Tesco claims that it is 'for fast effective fever and pain relief for babies and children'. It is strawberry in flavour (although opaque in colour), sugar free and colour free. The labelling is in different shades of blue with white, and age range is stated in pink!

            To the rear of the bottle is the important information really.

            I quote:

            " . do not exceed 4 doses in 24 hours
            . do not repeat doses more frequently than every 4 hours
            . do not give for more than 3 days without consulting your dr
            . discard within 2 months of opening
            . do not store above 25 'c "

            The instructions also state the dose that maybe given to the child depending on their age, as a 4 month old child will not be able to tolerate the same amount as a 2 year old child - and of course it would be dangerous too.

            In a lined box, it states not to give this product with any other paracetamol conatining product.

            Now the product itself smells sickly sweet, and i never have any problem getting my son to take it when he is feeling unwell. I cant say that the product smells overly of strawberry but pleasent none the less and the consistency is that of a syrup. A very sticky syrup!!

            The product itself works as well as any other paracetamol and as it is paracetamol alone can be given with other medicines as directed by your Gp.

            It helps my sons fever a treat and he has never had any ill effetc from it - no reactions.

            5/5 for me!

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