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Colpermin

Colpermin is a natural medicine that’s used to treat irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). It contains peppermint oil, which is thought to be helpful for gut motility. As a natural antispasmodic, the peppermint oil in Colpermin can help to relax some of the muscles in the bowel, helping to ease symptoms such as bloating, cramping, and painful spasms.


It’s available online, in pharmacies, and in many supermarkets, but you should still take caution with the medicine despite it being so readily available.

Colpermin should only be used if you’ve already been diagnosed with IBS. If you aren’t sure if it’s safe for you to take, you can call into your local pharmacy and discuss your concerns with them.


Prices start at £19.52 for 100 capsules. This price includes the cost of your prescription.


Last Patient Information Leaflet Review Date: 15/01/2020


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  • It is your first time experiencing symptoms
  • You are over 40 and it's been a while since your last IBS attack, or your symptoms are different to last time
  • You're taking indigestion remedies
  • You have blood in your stools
  • You're vomiting or feeling nauseous
  • You've lost your appetite
  • You're experiencing unexplained weight loss
  • You seem more pale than normal
  • You're more tired than usual
  • You have a fever
  • You've recently travelled abroat
  • You have abnormal vaginal bleeding or discharge
  • You're experiencing difficulty urinating
  • You're allergic to peanuts or soya
  • You're allergic to peppermint oil
  • You've used this treatment in the past and suffered from serious side effects
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What is colpermin?

Colpermin is a medicine that’s commonly used to treat the symptoms of IBS. It contains peppermint oil, which is a natural antispasmodic. It helps to relax the soft muscle in the bowel, reducing symptoms such as cramping and spasms that are associated with IBS.

By reducing the spasms of the bowel, Colpermin might also help to relieve symptoms such as diarrhoea or constipation related to the condition.

Where can I get Colpermin?

Colpermin is available, online, from pharmacies, some retailers, and also from some GPs. However, just because Colpermin is so readily available, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t take caution when taking it. It’s still a medication and should be treated with just as much caution as a drug that you can only get on prescription.

Can I take Colpermin?

As we’ve seen already, you should take caution when using any medication. You might think that because it’s available in a supermarket, it’s safe for everyone to use. Unfortunately, it isn’t as simple as that and you should always read the patient information leaflet with any medication you buy, whether it comes from your doctor or from the local supermarket.

There are some people that need to take more caution than others when using Colpermin, as it might not be the best treatment. If you have any of the following conditions, problems or symptoms, you should seek advice from your GP before using Colpermin capsules:

  • Allergic to any of the ingredients
  • Allergic to peanut or soya
  • If it’s the first time you’ve had symptoms
  • If you’re taking any medicines for indigestion
  • If you’ve passed blood from the bowel
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Unusually pale or tired
  • Severe constipation
  • Fever
  • Recently travelled abroad
  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding or discharge
  • Difficulty urinating

Whilst a peanut allergy might seem unrelated to an IBS treatment, Colpermin does contain peanut oil, so it’s important that you avoid taking the medication if you know you have an allergy to nuts. Always consult your doctor or local pharmacist if you have any concerns about starting a new medicine.

You should err on the side of caution when it comes to medication, and you should only take Colpermin if you’ve been diagnosed with IBS. If you aren’t sure that your symptoms are due to this condition, you should visit your doctor, as taking Colpermin might make some conditions worse.

What are the side effects of Colpermin?

Colpermin can cause side effects just like any medicine that you can only get on prescription, so it’s important to know what you might experience when taking the drug.

Some of the most common side effects of Colpermin include:

  • Allergic reaction
  • Heartburn
  • Acid reflux
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Burning sensation in the mouth
  • Anal irritation

If you think you may be experiencing an allergic reaction, don’t take any more Colpermin and seek urgent medical advice by either ringing your GP for an emergency appointment, or by calling NHS 111 (available 24/7)

If you experience heartburn or acid reflux as a result of taking Colpermin, it isn’t recommended that you also take antacids, as these can cause more harm than good in this circumstance. Antacids can damage the protective coating of the capsule, causing the peppermint oil to exacerbate symptoms.

If you do experience any side effects, you should report them to your doctor as soon as possible. You can also report any side effects that aren’t mentioned in the patient information leaflet via the MHRA yellow card app. You can do this by searching for the medication you’ve taken and by logging your symptoms and dosage. This also helps the manufacturer to make the medicine and instructions clearer and safer for everybody.

Can I take Colpermin with food?

No. Whilst a lot of treatments can be taken with or without food, taking Colpermin with food should be avoided.

If you’ve already eaten, you should wait 30-60 minutes before taking Colpermin. Otherwise, wait this long after taking the medication before eating anything.

How do you take Colpermin?

Colpermin is swallowed whole with a glass of water. It’s important that you don’t break the capsule as this may cause irritation and the medication might not work as well.

You should start by taking one capsule up to three times a day, which can be increased to two capsules if you feel like you need more relief.

Symptoms should resolve within 2 weeks of treatment, but if you find that they haven’t improved or have got worse, you should visit your doctor. They might suggest extending the treatment period with Colpermin, or they might try you with an alternative treatment.

What are the alternatives?

As IBS has several symptoms and varieties, there are different ways of tackling the issues. If you find that Colpermin isn’t working for you, your GP might suggest any of the following treatments:

  • Dietary changes. Some foods may irritate your gut and worsen symptoms of IBS. Modifying your diet might help with this
  • Modifying fibre intake. Depending on the type of IBS you have (your doctor will be able to help you identify this), you may need to have more or less fibre in your diet
  • Reducing stress. Stress can be a trigger for IBS, so you may be referred for talking therapies if your doctor suspects that stress might be a factor
  • Other antispasmodic medications
  • Laxatives (for IBS-C)
  • Antimotility medicines (for IBS-D)
  • Low-dose antidepressants. These aren’t a first-line treatment and you should have a discussion with your GP to see if this might be an option if no other treatments have worked for your condition.

Does Colpermin cure IBS?

Unfortunately, not. There’s no cure for IBS, but Colpermin may help to relieve some of the pain and irritation associated with the condition.

Dosage Instructions
Take ONE capsule three times each day with a glass of water. Avoid taking the capsules immediately after eating food. Increase the dosage to a maximum of TWO capsules three times daily if the discomfort and pain is more severe.
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Colpermin Dosage Quantity Cost Including Consultation
Colpermin 1 x 100 Capsules £19.52
Colpermin 2 x 100 Capsules £39.04

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