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Mebeverine

Mebeverine is a drug that’s used to treat irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). IBS isn’t a life-threatening condition, but can cause a great deal of discomfort and embarrassment depending on the severity of your symptoms. There are several types of IBS:

  • IBS-D – with the main symptom being diarrhoea
  • IBS-C – with the main symptom being constipation
  • IBS-M –with the main symptoms consisting of both diarrhoea and constipation.

Mebeverine relieves symptoms such as pain and muscle cramps that are usually present in patients with IBS, but also reduces diarrhoea and flatulence, making it a highly effective medicine for the treatment of IBS-D.

Mebeverine can be used alongside other medications such as Fybogel. For example, if you suffer with IBS-M and mebeverine doesn’t relieve your constipation, it’s safe to use alongside fybogel as long as it doesn’t also contain the drug.

Mebeverine can also be used to treat the following conditions:

  • Chronic irritable colon
  • Spastic constipation
  • Mucous colitis
  • Spastic colitis

If you think that mebeverine is the right medication for you, please fill out our patient questionnaire and one of our doctors will review it at the earliest opportunity.

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Mebeverine is a drug that’s used to treat irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). IBS isn’t a life-threatening condition, but can cause a great deal of discomfort and embarrassment depending on the severity of your symptoms. There are several types of IBS:

  • IBS-D – with the main symptom being diarrhoea
  • IBS-C – with the main symptom being constipation
  • IBS-M –with the main symptoms consisting of both diarrhoea and constipation.

Mebeverine relieves symptoms such as pain and muscle cramps that are usually present in patients with IBS, but also reduces diarrhoea and flatulence, making it a highly effective medicine for the treatment of IBS-D.

Mebeverine can be used alongside other medications such as Fybogel. For example, if you suffer with IBS-M and mebeverine doesn’t relieve your constipation, it’s safe to use alongside fybogel as long as it doesn’t also contain the drug.

Mebeverine can also be used to treat the following conditions:

  • Chronic irritable colon
  • Spastic constipation
  • Mucous colitis
  • Spastic colitis

If you think that mebeverine is the right medication for you, please fill out our patient questionnaire and one of our doctors will review it at the earliest opportunity.

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What is mebeverine?

Mebeverine is an anti-spasmodic medicine used to treat the following conditions:

  • IBS
  • Chronic irritable colon
  • Spastic constipation
  • Mucous colitis
  • Spastic colitis

How does mebeverine work?

Mebeverine, similar to other anti-spasmodic medications, helps to relax the muscles in the wall of your gut.

In patients with IBS and some of the other conditions mentioned above, the intestine (a long muscular tube) can go into spasm and cause abdominal pain. By relaxing this muscle, mebeverine relieves the pain and cramping that patients with IBS so often experience.

As well as reducing pain, mebeverine can also reduce diarrhoea and flatulence.

What are the side effects of mebeverine?

The drug is generally so well-tolerated that side effects are rare. However, in the few cases where people haven’t been able to tolerate mebeverine, they reported symptoms such as:

  • Swollen face
  • Swollen tongue
  • Swollen throat
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Rash

If you experience these symptoms while taking mebeverine, it could indicate an allergic reaction. In this instance, please stop taking the medicine and contact your GP for help.

Can I take mebeverine?

Due to the fact it’s generally well tolerated, most people are able to take mebeverine without any adverse reactions. However, it’s important to talk to your doctor before starting treatment, especially if you have any of the following health problems:

  • Over 40
  • Have blood in your stools
  • Loss of appetite
  • Unintentional weight loss
  • Look pale
  • Unusual fatigue
  • Severe constipation
  • Have a fever
  • Recently travelled abroad
  • Pregnancy
  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding
  • Pain and difficulty urinating
  • Lactose intolerance (lactose is an ingredient in mebeverine)

If you do have any of the above conditions, it may not necessarily mean that you can’t take mebeverine, but that you’ll probably need to be monitored whilst taking it. Either that, or there may be a more suitable option for you.

How do you take mebeverine?

Mebeverine is usually taken before a meal with a glass of water. This is to mitigate any symptoms that might be caused by eating. Your dosage will differ depending on the severity of your symptoms and tolerance to the medication, but general advice is to not take any more than three tablets or capsules within a 24-hour period.

Mebeverine is also available as an oral solution for those who find it difficult to swallow pills. This should also be taken before a meal, but doesn’t need to be taken with water.

Doctors advise that mebeverine should be taken as needed, usually during a flare-up until symptoms subside. Most patient find that this method relieves their symptoms and don’t feel a need to continuously take the medication.

Can I still drink alcohol while taking mebeverine?

In moderation, yes. Alcohol isn’t known to cause any adverse effects when taken alongside mebeverine, but you know that it triggers your symptoms, it’s best to avoid it altogether. However, if alcohol hasn’t ever had any effect on your IBS, it’s safe to drink in moderation with this medication.

Will I be able to drive?

Mebeverine isn’t known to cause any side effects that would hinder your ability to drive, so you should still be able to go about your daily life as you normally would. However, if you do feel unwell (whether it’s caused by medication or not), try to refrain from driving until you’re well enough.

I can’t take mebeverine, are there any alternatives?

There are several options out there for people that struggle with IBS, but to choose the best treatment for you, it’s important to know your main symptom (i.e: diarrhoea or constipation). Some alternatives include:

  • Loperamide (Immodium) – for the temporary treatment of diarrhoea
  • Fybogel – for the relief of constipation
  • Hyoscine butylbromide (Buscopan) – for relieving painful stomach cramps
  • Peppermint oil – for relieving cramps and bloating
  • Antidepressants – some treat diarrhoea and some treat constipation. There is some evidence to suggest that taking antidepressants may reduce the impact of emotional stress on IBS. These should be taken with caution and they are rarely used as a first-line treatment. You need to see your GP if you’re considering using antidepressants to treat IBS.

Mebeverine can often be used in conjunction with other IBS medications. For example, it’s safe to take it alongside buscopan, and if your IBS symptoms include both diarrhoea and constipation, you’re able to take remedies to relieve the symptoms that mebeverine doesn’t. However, if you choose to take fybogel alongside it, be careful that it only contains ispaghula husk and not mebeverine, as some types of fybogel do also contain the medicine.

My symptoms haven’t improved

If you’ve been taking mebeverne for more than 2 weeks and you’ve seem no improvement in symptoms or your condition has got worse, please make an appointment with your GP to rule out any other conditions that could be causing your discomfort and bowel issues. You might be moved on to a different treatment to see if another medication relieves your symptoms any better, and you may also be sent for a series of tests.

Dosage instructions
Mebeverine 135mg contains the active ingredient mebeverine hydrochloride. The usual dose is one tablet taken three times daily.