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Buscopan

Buscopan is a medicine that’s used to treat the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). It should only be taken by those who’ve had their condition confirmed by a doctor, and it isn’t recommended as a daily treatment.

Buscopan contains hyoscine butylbromine (not to be confused with hyoscine hydrobromide for nausea), which helps to relax the muscles in the gut. Its goal is to relieve stomach cramps that are associated with IBS and can often cause a lot of pain and discomfort for the sufferer.

Buscopan is available as 10mg tablets, and can be bought online, from pharmacies, and even in some supermarkets, but even though the medicine is easily accessible, it shouldn’t be abused.

Prices start at £3.79 for 20 tablets

Last Patient Information Leaflet Review Date: 14/01/2020

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What is Buscopan?

Buscopan is a popular and effective treatment for confirmed cases of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). It contains the ingredient hyoscine butylbromine which works to relieve painful stomach cramps associated with IBS.

Buscopan relaxes the muscles in the walls of the intestines, stomach, bowel, and bile duct, which move involuntarily. When these go into spasm and tense up, it causes the stomach cramps that are associated with IBS.

What is IBS?

IBS is a chronic and often painful condition that affects the digestive system. Its main symptoms include:

  • Stomach cramps
  • Urgency to defecate
  • Diarrhoea
  • Constipation

Some people with IBS only experience one of the troublesome bowel problems, but this doesn’t mean that they don’t have the condition.

Whilst IBS isn’t life threatening, it can affect sufferers’ daily lives and cause embarrassment and discomfort.

The cause of IBS isn’t yet known, but the condition can flare up from time to time. This can be for no reason, or due to a trigger such as stress or certain foods.

Can I take Buscopan?

Due to the nature of how Buscopan works, there are some people that need to consult their own doctor before using the medication due to the fact it may not be the most appropriate treatment for them. If you have any of the following conditions of problems, we suggest that you make an appointment with your GP to discuss the suitability of Buscopan for your IBS:

  • Allergic to any ingredients
  • Glaucoma
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Suspected blockage of bowel
  • Condition where bowel is blocked or doesn’t work as it should
  • Mega colon
  • Pregnant, trying to conceive, or breast feeding
  • Tachycardia
  • Thyroid problems
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Constipation
  • Fever

In addition to these conditions, you should also take extra care with Buscopan if you’re also taking any other medications. There are certain drugs that Buscopan might react with, making it potentially dangerous. The list of medications that are known to have some kind of interaction with Buscopan are:

  • Tetracyclic antidepressants
  • Antihistamines
  • Quinidine and other medicines to control your heart beat
  • Antipsychotics
  • Medicines for breathing problems such as atropine and the like
  • Amantadine
  • Metoclopramide

If you’re already taking any of the above medications, your doctor may wish to give you specific instructions for taking Buscopan, or may even want to give you an alternative treatment for your IBS.

Can you drink while taking Buscopan?

There’s no evidence to suggest that Buscopan reacts with alcohol, meaning that it should be safe to drink whilst taking the medication. However, as with all advice surrounding alcohol, we recommend that you drink responsibly and in moderation.

How do you take Buscopan?

Buscopan comes in tablet form, always as a 10mg dose. For most people, it’s recommended that you take two tablets up to 4 times a day to relieve the stomach cramps associated with your condition.

Although IBS is a condition that affects the digestive system, Buscopan can be taken with or without food and it won’t affect how it works or is absorbed into your body.

Can I take Buscopan every day?

Whilst it’s great for the temporary relief of stomach cramps, Buscopan isn’t intended to be used as a daily treatment. If you find that you’re struggling with stomach cramps or other symptoms of IBS often, please make an appointment with your doctor, as you may need to go for blood tests or scans to check for other conditions.

You may even be prescribed a different treatment that’s more suitable for your condition and that’s able to be used daily and for longer periods of time.

What other treatments are available for IBS?

Many cases of IBS can be managed by lifestyle and dietary changes, especially if your IBS is triggered by certain foods. If this doesn’t help your condition, you may also be prescribed different medicine to help with the symptoms, such as Mebeverine. More information about mebeverine is available here.

Other treatments that might help with symptoms of IBS include:

  • Loperamide (Imodium)
  • Fybogel
  • Peppermint oil

Never start any new treatments without first consulting with your GP or pharmacist.

Can IBS be cured?

Unfortunately, not. Because the cause of IBS is unknown, there’s currently nothing available to cure the condition. However, treatments like Buscopan are readily available to ease the symptoms and improve your quality of life whilst living with the condition.

Dosage Instructions
Start by taking ONE tablet THREE times a day. You can increase your dose to a maximum of TWO tablets FOUR times a day, if needed. Swallow the tablet whole with a glass of water. Do NOT crush or chew your tablet.
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Buscopan Dosage Quantity Cost Including Consultation
Buscopan 1 x 20 tablets £3.79
Buscopan 2 x 20 tablets £7.58
Buscopan 3 x 20 tablets £11.37

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The following delivery methods are currently available within the UK: All orders are sent in discreet, plain packaging.

UK Standard Delivery, £1.99

Order before 12pm to have your order delivered using Royal Mail Tracked 48 Service

standard UK delivery within 3-5 working days

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UK Express Delivery, £2.99

Order before 12pm to have your order delivered using the Express delivery service* (deliveries are made Monday - Saturday)

If you order after 12pm, your order will be dispatched the next working day and will be with you within 48 hours once dispatched. This excludes weekends and bank holidays

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Royal Mail Special Delivery Next Day Anytime, £4.99 (This service includes Saturday)

Order before 12pm to have your order delivered using Royal Mail Special Delivery Service, which includes Saturday deliveries.

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Royal Mail Special Delivery Next Day Before 1pm, £7.99 (This service includes Saturday)

Order before 12pm to have your order delivered before 1pm next day using Royal Mail Special Delivery service, this also includes Saturday deliveries.

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Royal Mail Special Delivery Next Day Before 9am, £14.99 (This service includes Saturday)

Order before 12pm to have your order delivered before 9am next day using Royal Mail Special Delivery service, this also includes Saturday deliveries.

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DPD Next Day Delivery, £4.99 (Monday - Friday only. This service does not include Saturday)

Orders signed by the doctor before 12 noon the day before will be delivered the following working day

If your order is signed by the doctor after 12 noon, your order will be delivered within 2 working days

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DPD Next Day Delivery, by 12 Noon, £9.99 (Monday - Friday only. This service does not include Saturday)

Orders signed by the doctor before 12 noon the day before will be delivered by 12 noon the following working day

If your order is signed by the doctor after 12 noon, your order will be delivered within 2 working days

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DPD Next Day Delivery, by 10:30am, £14.99  (Monday - Friday only. This service does not include Saturday)

Orders signed by the doctor before 12 noon the day before will be delivered by 10:30am the following working day

If your order is signed by the doctor after 12 noon, your order will be delivered within 2 working days

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DPD Saturday Delivery, £14.99

Orders signed by the doctor before 12 noon the day before will be delivered the following Saturday

If your order is signed by the doctor after 12 noon, your order will be delivered within 2 working days

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DPD Saturday Delivery, by 12:00am, £21.99

Orders signed by the doctor before 12 noon the day before will be delivered by 12:00am Saturday

If your order is signed by the doctor after 12 noon, your order will be delivered within 2 working days

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DPD Saturday Delivery, by 10:30am, £29.99

Orders signed by the doctor before 12 noon the day before will be delivered by 10:30am Saturday

If your order is signed by the doctor after 12 noon, your order will be delivered within 2 working days

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