Can u give calpol and nurofen together?

Do you want to know if it’s safe to give your child both medicines at the same time? Well, buckle up because we’re about to dive into the world of painkillers for kids.

The quick answer

Yes, you can give Calpol (paracetamol) and Nurofen (ibuprofen) at different times but not simultaneously.

Why some parents consider giving both at once

Although it may seem like a good idea to kill two birds with one stone by administering both drugs simultaneously, there are several reasons why this is not recommended:

  • Increased risk of overdosing
  • Possible drug interactions leading to adverse effects
  • Difficulty in tracking when the last dose was given

So next time someone suggests that they cool off their child’s fever with the combined power of Calpol and Nurofen say ‘Sorry pal, I am familiar with facts’, while dramatically removing sunglasses from your face.

How do they work?

Before discussing whether or not they can be administered together, let us first take a brief look at how these medications operate:


Paracetamol reduces fever by acting on specific areas of the brain that control temperature adjustments. It also works as an effective analgesic focused mainly on mild pain relief.


Ibuprofen operates in many ways similar to paracetamol; however, its effect lasts longer than acetaminophen. It targets inflammation thanks which reduces swelling while providing excellent pain relief.

The limitations

As previously stated individually both medicines contain powerful formulas designed primarily for treating acute symptoms such as moderate-to-severe headaches or fevers caused by flu-like illnesses. However toxic signs such as drowsiness and/or vomiting coupled with gastric discomfort have been identified, especially when those drugs are taken in large doses.

Can you give Calpol and Nurofen at the same time?

We’re getting to it! Finally.

Dual-action formulas

There is an option for so-called ‘dual-action’ painkillers that combine both Paracetamol (Calpol) and Ibuprofen (Nurofen). This way, two active substances can act concurrently but also with lower dosages generally being recommended than if administered as separate treatments.

That’s a small victory assuming your child needs assistance with both fever reduction and moderate-to-severe pains all at once.

But still, no not simultaneously!

As individual medicines targeted for completely different purposes neither Paracetamol nor Ibuprofen should be given together at once. Parents may unintentionally cause liver or kidney damage by adding an extra drug layer without consulting a licensed medical professional first–Very Bad News Bears.

Maximum daily doses & timing

To prevent accidental abuse of these medications one must follow proper dosage guidelines such as reading labels carefully. Keep track of this information between administrations to avoid unintended harm:

  • The maximum daily dose allowed based on weight per age group.
  • Keeping track of the last given dosage…

Interaction risks

A fact worth noting: some medications don’t get along like old high school rivals during Homecoming Week festivities…Seeing multiple brands stacked up doesn’t automatically mean they’ll work better; instead, combination drugs expose children to higher levels of medication which could potentially lead to severe side effects that go beyond basic stomach irritation.

Therefore triple-check if your child is taking any other medication beforehand and discuss any potential interactions with their doctor before commencing treatment options.

The Bottom Line: Never mix Calpol and Nurofen(Or Advil!)

Giving Children either medicine according to prescribed dosing schedules proves effective enough alone thus making combining ibuprofen(abril) and paracetamol(Calpol) a bad idea. Stick to treating symptoms in their source order (if possible), monitor all recording dosages, and of course always chat with a doctor before giving children medication.

So unless you’ve just completed the ‘Parenting Challenge’ where snatching medicine from both bottles at lightning-fast speed saves the day(because superhero parents can sometimes be reckless too!), stick to either Paracetamol or Ibuprofen instead. And don’t worry; there’s greatness in keeping things simple.


  • You cannot give Calpol and Nurofen together.
  • Dual-action formulas combining both medicines are available, but lower doses are generally used compared to separate treatments.
  • Combining medications could raise your child’s risk of toxic signs like nausea/vomiting leading up towards stomach problems making it harder for you both down the parenting road ahead.

Just remember this wise saying:

“The best way to avoid headaches is not doing stupid things.”

I’m pretty sure Shakespeare said that…or maybe it was Oprah? Regardless someone significant probably did!

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