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Post  NoStone on Sun 20 Nov - 12:09

No - strictly speaking it is not, its a liquid form of paracetamol.

However, some friends of mine had a son with aspergers. Sleeping was a nightmare, he simply would'nt. Night after night he never tired. At the end of their tethers their GP recommended a safe way (quick release) method of closing him in his room at night (otherwise he would be wondering around unattended) and to give him calpol. What doesage was recomended I do not know but it worked. A couple of times a week the parents would get some rest by giving calpol. I witnessed this happening going round for dinner the little boy before he went to bed and slept through after calpol.

Paracetamol is not a sedative and therefore should not be used in that respect. Small babies and toddlers seem to settle better at night when given Paracetamol, but this is not a direct effect from the drug. It is very likely that this is due to the toxic effect it creates inside the body, in a similar way as alcohol seems to help people to go to sleep.

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Post  Loveday on Sun 20 Nov - 14:18

I know someone who used to give her little boy Calpol every night. I assume because it somehow settled him. I was astounded because even if it's a safe dose the liver has to break down paracetamol and it's not good for them.

I wouldn't say I notice much, if any, sedative effects on my two when I give them it.

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Post  margaret on Sun 20 Nov - 14:24

No it's not a sedative but probably has that effect on some children. Medised was the one l used to hear had a sedative effect, it's not allowed to be given to children under the age of 6 now.

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Post  kitti on Sun 20 Nov - 14:35

We don't know that it was calpol that was administered .....it could off been something that was prescribed for someone else who had sleeping problems .......an adult.

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Post  gillyspot on Sun 20 Nov - 15:20

Did anyone question the people who worked at the Baptista supermarket. Perhaps Gerry & Kate bought more than New Zealand White Wine. I do think as there was no DNA that someone should also ask the staff if anyone bought bleach and cloths from there.

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Post  gillyspot on Sun 20 Nov - 15:38

By the way nostone I love your avatar. Enough to give kids nightmares for years. Aghhh

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Post  ann_chovey on Sun 20 Nov - 16:12

kitti wrote:We don't know that it was calpol that was administered .....it could off been something that was prescribed for someone else who had sleeping problems .......an adult.

The McCs wouldn't go for Calpol in large quantities i.m.o. too haphazard. Now a quarter of a tab. of an adult sedative is a different kettle of fish. they wouldn't necessarily have to be on prescription, medical reps dole them out as samples.

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Post  AnnaEsse on Sun 20 Nov - 16:43

ann_chovey wrote:
kitti wrote:We don't know that it was calpol that was administered .....it could off been something that was prescribed for someone else who had sleeping problems .......an adult.

The McCs wouldn't go for Calpol in large quantities i.m.o. too haphazard. Now a quarter of a tab. of an adult sedative is a different kettle of fish. they wouldn't necessarily have to be on prescription, medical reps dole them out as samples.

Didn't Gerry have the antihistamine Terfenadine with him?

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Post  margaret on Sun 20 Nov - 16:45

ann_chovey wrote:
The McCs wouldn't go for Calpol in large quantities i.m.o. too haphazard. Now a quarter of a tab. of an adult sedative is a different kettle of fish. they wouldn't necessarily have to be on prescription, medical reps dole them out as samples.

Not sure about that, even thought they're medically trained IMO that would be such a risk.


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Post  ann_chovey on Sun 20 Nov - 17:19

margaret wrote:
ann_chovey wrote:
The McCs wouldn't go for Calpol in large quantities i.m.o. too haphazard. Now a quarter of a tab. of an adult sedative is a different kettle of fish. they wouldn't necessarily have to be on prescription, medical reps dole them out as samples.

Not sure about that, even thought they're medically trained IMO that would be such a risk.


Well, they weren't expecting anything to happen were they, probably done it before, and if it had (well it did) they'd say she found it on the floor in the creche/previous occupant left one in a drawer. I remember one of Pearl Lowe's kids ingested a tablet of something or other. It makes me think one reason why the body had to be disposed of is incriminating marks of some sort.

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Post  Not Born Yesterday on Sun 20 Nov - 17:46

gillyspot wrote:By the way nostone I love your avatar. Enough to give kids nightmares for years. Aghhh

Yours is no oil painting either Gillyspot! It reminds me of the warning from my mother many moons ago not to pull silly faces or squint (which she particularly hated) because the wind might change and I'd be left looking like that forever!!

Actually that is more believable than some of the things that Kate has come out with.


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Post  Angelina on Sun 20 Nov - 18:24

gillyspot wrote:Did anyone question the people who worked at the Baptista supermarket. Perhaps Gerry & Kate bought more than New Zealand White Wine. I do think as there was no DNA that someone should also ask the staff if anyone bought bleach and cloths from there.

If you mean Calpol, I seem to remember a Pt poster said you can't buy that sort of thing over the counter in Pt...has to be on prescription. Anyone know???

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Post  ann_chovey on Sun 20 Nov - 18:34

AnnaEsse wrote:
ann_chovey wrote:
kitti wrote:We don't know that it was calpol that was administered .....it could off been something that was prescribed for someone else who had sleeping problems .......an adult.

The McCs wouldn't go for Calpol in large quantities i.m.o. too haphazard. Now a quarter of a tab. of an adult sedative is a different kettle of fish. they wouldn't necessarily have to be on prescription, medical reps dole them out as samples.

Didn't Gerry have the antihistamine Terfenadine with him?

Yes, and Losec for indigestion/heartburn.

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Post  NoStone on Sun 20 Nov - 19:34

gillyspot wrote:By the way nostone I love your avatar. Enough to give kids nightmares for years. Aghhh

Thank you gillyspot!! - Our two avatars look fantasitic side by side !!!

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Post  ann_chovey on Sun 20 Nov - 19:54

the scowling one is looking down on the face pulling one with disdain......






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Post  NoStone on Sun 20 Nov - 19:58

ann_chovey wrote:the scowling one is looking down on the face pulling one with disdain......






Thank you Ann!! xx

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Post  NoStone on Sun 20 Nov - 20:07

Angelina wrote:
gillyspot wrote:Did anyone question the people who worked at the Baptista supermarket. Perhaps Gerry & Kate bought more than New Zealand White Wine. I do think as there was no DNA that someone should also ask the staff if anyone bought bleach and cloths from there.

If you mean Calpol, I seem to remember a Pt poster said you can't buy that sort of thing over the counter in Pt...has to be on prescription. Anyone know???

Maybe you cannot buy it over the counter in Portugal Angelina - but you can buy it by the gallon over here, Boots, Tesco's, Lloyds, etc and its not something that customs in Portugal are really sensitive too - so between them the Mc's could have taken in enough in with them to get all 3 'kids' through the week without too much trouble - its paracetemol fgs! - but it does have a seditve effect on young children!

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Post  Loveday on Sun 20 Nov - 21:56

It doesn't on mine.

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Post  NoStone on Sun 20 Nov - 22:02

Loveday wrote:It doesn't on mine.

No! How old are your kids and how much have you given them!!!!

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Post  Angelina on Sun 20 Nov - 22:44

NoStone wrote:
Angelina wrote:
gillyspot wrote:Did anyone question the people who worked at the Baptista supermarket. Perhaps Gerry & Kate bought more than New Zealand White Wine. I do think as there was no DNA that someone should also ask the staff if anyone bought bleach and cloths from there.

If you mean Calpol, I seem to remember a Pt poster said you can't buy that sort of thing over the counter in Pt...has to be on prescription. Anyone know???

Maybe you cannot buy it over the counter in Portugal Angelina - but you can buy it by the gallon over here, Boots, Tesco's, Lloyds, etc and its not something that customs in Portugal are really sensitive too - so between them the Mc's could have taken in enough in with them to get all 3 'kids' through the week without too much trouble - its paracetemol fgs! - but it does have a seditve effect on young children!

I'm sure they could have taken plenty in....looking back on some of my holidays I realise I've taken in which perhaps I shouldn't have - stuff which is quite ordinary in the UK but not elsewhere.

I'm not quite sure what the difference is between over the counter and Tescos. Aren't they one and the same?

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Post  AnnaEsse on Sun 20 Nov - 22:57

Angelina wrote:
NoStone wrote:
Angelina wrote:
gillyspot wrote:Did anyone question the people who worked at the Baptista supermarket. Perhaps Gerry & Kate bought more than New Zealand White Wine. I do think as there was no DNA that someone should also ask the staff if anyone bought bleach and cloths from there.

If you mean Calpol, I seem to remember a Pt poster said you can't buy that sort of thing over the counter in Pt...has to be on prescription. Anyone know???

Maybe you cannot buy it over the counter in Portugal Angelina - but you can buy it by the gallon over here, Boots, Tesco's, Lloyds, etc and its not something that customs in Portugal are really sensitive too - so between them the Mc's could have taken in enough in with them to get all 3 'kids' through the week without too much trouble - its paracetemol fgs! - but it does have a seditve effect on young children!

I'm sure they could have taken plenty in....looking back on some of my holidays I realise I've taken in which perhaps I shouldn't have - stuff which is quite ordinary in the UK but not elsewhere.

I'm not quite sure what the difference is between over the counter and Tescos. Aren't they one and the same?

In supermarkets, some things are on the shelf, such as paracetamol, aspirin, some antihistamines, cough medicines that are non-drowsy. Other things, such as antihistamines and cough meds that cause drowsiness, can be bought without a prescription, but you have to ask at the pharmacy counter. Those and the ones on the open shelves could all be referred to as over-the-counter because none requires a prescription, but the make-you-drowsy ones, like original Benylin have to come with questions like, "Have you taken this before?" "What other medications are you taking?"

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Post  ann_chovey on Mon 21 Nov - 8:26



Parents told to reduce dosage of Calpol.....

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2064067/Cut-Calpol-Parents-told-reduce-liquid-paracetamol-doses-children.html

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Post  Angelina on Mon 21 Nov - 9:02

AnnaEsse wrote:
Angelina wrote:
NoStone wrote:
Angelina wrote:
gillyspot wrote:Did anyone question the people who worked at the Baptista supermarket. Perhaps Gerry & Kate bought more than New Zealand White Wine. I do think as there was no DNA that someone should also ask the staff if anyone bought bleach and cloths from there.

If you mean Calpol, I seem to remember a Pt poster said you can't buy that sort of thing over the counter in Pt...has to be on prescription. Anyone know???

Maybe you cannot buy it over the counter in Portugal Angelina - but you can buy it by the gallon over here, Boots, Tesco's, Lloyds, etc and its not something that customs in Portugal are really sensitive too - so between them the Mc's could have taken in enough in with them to get all 3 'kids' through the week without too much trouble - its paracetemol fgs! - but it does have a seditve effect on young children!

I'm sure they could have taken plenty in....looking back on some of my holidays I realise I've taken in which perhaps I shouldn't have - stuff which is quite ordinary in the UK but not elsewhere.

I'm not quite sure what the difference is between over the counter and Tescos. Aren't they one and the same?

In supermarkets, some things are on the shelf, such as paracetamol, aspirin, some antihistamines, cough medicines that are non-drowsy. Other things, such as antihistamines and cough meds that cause drowsiness, can be bought without a prescription, but you have to ask at the pharmacy counter. Those and the ones on the open shelves could all be referred to as over-the-counter because none requires a prescription, but the make-you-drowsy ones, like original Benylin have to come with questions like, "Have you taken this before?" "What other medications are you taking?"

Thanks Anna. The thing is was it available when the McCanns were there or did that happen later?

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Post  Loveday on Tue 22 Nov - 10:24

NoStone wrote:
Loveday wrote:It doesn't on mine.

No! How old are your kids and how much have you given them!!!!

What's with the exclamation marks? I'm only stating the fact of my experience. My children are four and two. They've been having Calpol when needed since they were babies. I give them the recommended dose of course. The recommended safe doses do not sedate them. You didn't specify that you meant overdoses will sedate children. Calpol, used properly, does not sedate mine and never has.

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Post  Angelina on Tue 22 Nov - 15:07

Loveday wrote:
NoStone wrote:
Loveday wrote:It doesn't on mine.

No! How old are your kids and how much have you given them!!!!

What's with the exclamation marks? I'm only stating the fact of my experience. My children are four and two. They've been having Calpol when needed since they were babies. I give them the recommended dose of course. The recommended safe doses do not sedate them. You didn't specify that you meant overdoses will sedate children. Calpol, used properly, does not sedate mine and never has.

Which is just the same as adults with hayfever treatments, some get drowsy and others are unaffected. We all react differently to things.

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