Calpol & Nurofen half price @ M&S £1.50/£1.65
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Calpol & Nurofen half price @ M&S £1.50/£1.65

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LocalFound 5th Sep 2015
In M&S Simply Food in Cheltenham today, spotted standard size Calpol and Nurofen for children on half price. £1.50 and £1.65, respectively. At the till, the reduction didn't come through, but complained at customer services and was given reduction. Manager told me "promotion is running until November." Haven't seen Calpol at this price, ever. Stock up for winter!
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Calpol and paracetamol are the same thing according to doctors, and you can buy a 100ml for £1 at pound shops. Also you can buy nurofen 100ml for £1.
They are the same drug, I agree, but the formulation & flavours vary, as well as the bottle itself. Calpol is significantly easier to draw up from the bottle with a syringe than cheaper generic brands, and I find it useful. Plus my 2 year old takes it without issue, unlike some others. Worth paying the 50p extra for, in my opinion.
hamster33

They are the same drug, I agree, but the formulation & flavours vary, as … They are the same drug, I agree, but the formulation & flavours vary, as well as the bottle itself. Calpol is significantly easier to draw up from the bottle with a syringe than cheaper generic brands, and I find it useful. Plus my 2 year old takes it without issue, unlike some others. Worth paying the 50p extra for, in my opinion.


As for taste etc I agree. However and I haven't checked. The active ingredient will have the same registered licence number.
The formulation is likely to be identical.
Waste of money, get it for free (and in a larger bottle) from the chemists under the minor ailments scheme
minor ailments scheme has now stopped
Its no way same thing as pound shop ones the cheapest i ever saw is 2.49 so will be getting some tomorrow thanks OP heat added
Also when it comes to infants and kids meds n food i dont think saving money by going to cheaper options is smart thing. I dont mind a 24p ibrufen box for myself
iibdii

Also when it comes to infants and kids meds n food i dont think saving … Also when it comes to infants and kids meds n food i dont think saving money by going to cheaper options is smart thing. I dont mind a 24p ibrufen box for myself



Sorry but medication is strictly licenced and controlled in this country. Paracetamol and Ibuprofen liquids are just that and all the same active ingredient.
All you are doing is believing in the marketing. When a child is in hospital, they are not given branded Calpol, does that mean they are being mistreated? Of course not.
bryantommy78

minor ailments scheme has now stopped


Still running in my area.
We switched to the Boots own brand versions that are cheaper and no complaints so far.

Although for me the calpol bottles are easier to draw from, and easier to judge remaining quantity.

minor ailment scheme doesn't exist in every city/town.

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Sharpharp

Waste of money, get it for free (and in a larger bottle) from the … Waste of money, get it for free (and in a larger bottle) from the chemists under the minor ailments scheme


You still pay for the minor aliments scheme. NHS is funded by our taxes!
bryantommy78

minor ailments scheme has now stopped



It hasn't I signed up on Friday and got free calpol at boots
Stocking up will be a bit of a pain as they treat it like paracetamol and only allow you a few bottles at a time...Great price, I go for the generic stuff myself though
dollbrain

It hasn't I signed up on Friday and got free calpol at boots


Depends what part if the country you are in.
stoney_Jedi

Stocking up will be a bit of a pain as they treat it like paracetamol and … Stocking up will be a bit of a pain as they treat it like paracetamol and only allow you a few bottles at a time...Great price, I go for the generic stuff myself though


Because it is paracetamol
stoney_Jedi

Stocking up will be a bit of a pain as they treat it like paracetamol and … Stocking up will be a bit of a pain as they treat it like paracetamol and only allow you a few bottles at a time...Great price, I go for the generic stuff myself though



Why would you need to stock up unless you have more than two kids? I bought one bottle over two years ago and it is just under half full now.
Edited by: "pototea" 6th Sep 2015
personanly i prefer capol but its not because i beleve that its better than the cheaper versons its because ive found that the cheaper ones like the £1 bottles that asda sell come with a spoon and not a suringe and its easyer to give it to a niggley toddler in pain than trying to use a spoon
I found the pound shop version like syrup, so back to Calpol.
i personally find there is a lot difference in efficacy between calpol/ nurofen And cheap non branded Paracetamol/ Ibuprofen. ...Calpol Nurofen Best and Really works at least I in my case. lolz
Ticiabell

personanly i prefer capol but its not because i beleve that its better … personanly i prefer capol but its not because i beleve that its better than the cheaper versons its because ive found that the cheaper ones like the £1 bottles that asda sell come with a spoon and not a suringe and its easyer to give it to a niggley toddler in pain than trying to use a spoon


Keep a syringe for the future
emmaw140380

CommentYou still pay for the minor aliments scheme. NHS is funded by our … CommentYou still pay for the minor aliments scheme. NHS is funded by our taxes!



the ones who pay taxes....... if you don't pay any taxes than everything is free...
Every time the same discussion: the formula is the same , the taste not ! If your child is picky than it's a good deal. If you couldn't care less than £1 shop for you.

Good deal for me.
I disagree with some of the earlier comments as I think Calxxxx is worth paying a little extra for. Yes the active ingredients are the same in all the formulations (it wouldn't be paracetamol or ibuprofen if not as they are specific molecules!) but what they put with it varies a lot by brand - flavours, stabilisers, binding agents, anti-irritants, etc. In my experience the different formulations don't just taste different but also sit very differently in the stomach. That especially seems to be the case with formulations for older children (with higher concentrations of the active ingredients). Paracetamol is quite bitter and ibuprofen is a bad stomach irritant (as are all NSAIDs, which should only be taken with or after food), so what is mixed with it does seem to make a big difference. We've bought a lot of generics over the years, and whilst some are better than others, Calpol and Calprofen (the brands) seem to get the job done better for us than any of them, and are probably worth paying a little extra for when you have poorly/grumpy kids. Hot!


Edited by: "qyestionmark" 6th Sep 2015
Sharpharp

Waste of money, get it for free (and in a larger bottle) from the … Waste of money, get it for free (and in a larger bottle) from the chemists under the minor ailments scheme



Just because you can claim for something doesn't mean you should. If you cannot afford medicine then fair enough. But if you are just using the minor ailments scheme because you can then remember that is money the NHS cannot use for other items like Cancer treatments. Personally I'm happy to pay the couple of quid for calpol myself.
Thanks everyone for the heat...

Further to the comments raised :
a) hospitals don't use Calpol, that's true, but they're drawing it up from wide neck generic brand bottles with specialised syringes. Calpol comes with a specific syringe porthole-type lid device, which fits tightly and allows you to fully invert the bottle, to get every last drop out. Filling a syringe from this at 2am with an unhappy, feverish toddler crying loudly in the background is a distinct advantage!

B) The drug itself is identical and I don't have any issue giving generic meds as such. The different brands do taste different and some children do prefer one over the other. Again, I refer you back to my 2am position described earlier. Anything that helps in this situation is a good thing.

C) stocking up. I bought 4 bottles. Didn't get declined. 100ml of 120mg/5ml is only 2.4g paracetamol. Or just less than 5 adults tablets. Given you can buy 32 tablets in one transaction without issue, ie 2 packs of 16, ie 16g paracetamol, you would have to buy more than 6 bottles of Calpol to be equivalent.

D) to the person who wonders why you need to stock up, then please let us know your secret of how you've avoided the misery of teething and generalised unhappiness of a feverish toddler for the best part of 2 years... I don't dish out calpol to my kids like sweets by any means, but they seem to have a constant cold and low grade temperature, and Calpol massively improves their happiness when they're under the weather. If they're happy, I'm happy. Why put everyone through suffering?
Why people insist on recommending the minor ailments scheme for things like this I will never understand.

The minor ailments scheme:
- is only available in certain areas and pharmacies
- is only available when the pharmacy is open
- is only available when the child is symptomatic and seen by a pharmacist
- is used at the pharmacist's discretion
- can't be used for "stocking up"

Products like this are cheap and should be a staple of everyone's medicine cabinet or first aid kit. Why wait until they're ill at 2am to then drag them out to see a phamacist when they open in the morning when you will probably pass a dozen shops selling this on the way.
pototea

Why would you need to stock up unless you have more than two kids? I … Why would you need to stock up unless you have more than two kids? I bought one bottle over two years ago and it is just under half full now.



you should keep the bottle for no more than the 6 weeks it states. After this there is a reduction in the performance of the active ingredient and you might aswell give sugar.
Any good for purple drank?
butler_helen

you should keep the bottle for no more than the 6 weeks it states. After … you should keep the bottle for no more than the 6 weeks it states. After this there is a reduction in the performance of the active ingredient and you might aswell give sugar.



butler_helen

you should keep the bottle for no more than the 6 weeks it states. After … you should keep the bottle for no more than the 6 weeks it states. After this there is a reduction in the performance of the active ingredient and you might aswell give sugar.



I had never heard this, and have just looked at the product leaflet. Nowhere does it state in there that the medicine should be discarded after 6 months. It only states that it should be used only up to the expiry date, which is April 2018 for the ones I've bought this weekend.

In any event, this shouldn't be a problem, as a 100ml bottle only contains about 14 doses for my 4 year old, and we could get through a bottle within a week or so at that rate, let alone 6 months!
yrreb88

Why people insist on recommending the minor ailments scheme for things … Why people insist on recommending the minor ailments scheme for things like this I will never understand. The minor ailments scheme:- is only available in certain areas and pharmacies- is only available when the pharmacy is open- is only available when the child is symptomatic and seen by a pharmacist- is used at the pharmacist's discretion- can't be used for "stocking up"Products like this are cheap and should be a staple of everyone's medicine cabinet or first aid kit. Why wait until they're ill at 2am to then drag them out to see a phamacist when they open in the morning when you will probably pass a dozen shops selling this on the way.



You need to remember that the NHS is diversifying who can provide advice and medication to patients. This reduces the stress in the NHS, doctors and clinics.
In my area, NHS Grampian we have Nurses, a opticians and medically trained Pharmacists. Who can all prescribe drugs for conditions they are training to identify.
In these cases that is where minor ailments comes into it.

Yes people should have the staple medicine cabinet supplies. However it is also justified for long boughts of teething, cold/feverish symptoms, to pick up further supplies.

Minor ailments is normally a case of you register with one Physical pharmacy. So while it may be boots, it's the one you actually register in that can dish out 'supplies'. This helps prevent abuse of the system.

Yes in the grand scheme of things Calpol isn't expensive, genetics are much less. Early treatment is better than later complications that cost the NHS much more. Yes we do use the minor ailments and yes we can afford to buy anything required. However we get no benefits, except family allowance, we pay into the NHS and our works Private health schemes so we contribute way more than the ~£5 we take out each year.

As for calpol being more effective, sorry it may taste better. However any balancing agents that help keep it down would be part of the registered licence number, which I don't believe it has. It is paracetamol registered and nothing else.
iibdii

Also when it comes to infants and kids meds n food i dont think saving … Also when it comes to infants and kids meds n food i dont think saving money by going to cheaper options is smart thing. I dont mind a 24p ibrufen box for myself


The one sold by Poundland is called Parapaed and is the product that alot of pharmacy's give out to patients under the minor aillments scheme. Their is nothing wrong with the Poundland one other than children who may be picky about the taste.
yrreb88

Why people insist on recommending the minor ailments scheme for things … Why people insist on recommending the minor ailments scheme for things like this I will never understand. The minor ailments scheme:- is only available in certain areas and pharmacies- is only available when the pharmacy is open- is only available when the child is symptomatic and seen by a pharmacist- is used at the pharmacist's discretion- can't be used for "stocking up"Products like this are cheap and should be a staple of everyone's medicine cabinet or first aid kit. Why wait until they're ill at 2am to then drag them out to see a phamacist when they open in the morning when you will probably pass a dozen shops selling this on the way.


In my area the pharmacist has never required the child to be present, he/she only normally requires an explantion of what the symptoms are and then issues the appropriate medication.
Think this is cheaper than we get it on trade from the wholesalers!
This is a good price! I would stock up if I could, especially if kids all get sick at once (which happens often)!
qyestionmark

I disagree with some of the earlier comments as I think Calxxxx is worth … I disagree with some of the earlier comments as I think Calxxxx is worth paying a little extra for. Yes the active ingredients are the same in all the formulations (it wouldn't be paracetamol or ibuprofen if not as they are specific molecules!) but what they put with it varies a lot by brand - flavours, stabilisers, binding agents, anti-irritants, etc. In my experience the different formulations don't just taste different but also sit very differently in the stomach. That especially seems to be the case with formulations for older children (with higher concentrations of the active ingredients). Paracetamol is quite bitter and ibuprofen is a bad stomach irritant (as are all NSAIDs, which should only be taken with or after food), so what is mixed with it does seem to make a big difference. We've bought a lot of generics over the years, and whilst some are better than others, Calpol and Calprofen (the brands) seem to get the job done better for us than any of them, and are probably worth paying a little extra for when you have poorly/grumpy kids. Hot!



Finally some educated reply to those who think cheaper is better,
Can't BOTH these Product's for Kids be hasd for nowt via your GP for your Kids anyway?, or ..... lol.

Gooooood Deal for anyone that's not able to get it via this method mind?. :-)
amour3k

Can't BOTH these Product's for Kids be hasd for nowt via your GP for your … Can't BOTH these Product's for Kids be hasd for nowt via your GP for your Kids anyway?, or ..... lol.Gooooood Deal for anyone that's not able to get it via this method mind?. :-)



Yes but why book an appointment to see a GP to get something as basic as these on prescription from a chemist? Even then you're not guaranteed to get the branded stuff like this. The amount of time, resources and money wasted on a product which is pretty cheap is crazy imo. At least the minor ailments scheme helps alleviate this but still.
Good pricey, but definitely not this price in Sheffield.
no shelf edge label,scans at£3 and will not reduce price
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