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Buscopan

Written by Caidr's team of doctors and pharmacists based in UK | Updated: 26.01.2023 | 2 min read
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Buscopan (hyoscine butylbromide) is a medication used commonly to treat gastrointestinal cramping and spasms, but can also be used to reduce symptoms of period pains, bladder, and urinary spasms. It is available as Buscopan IBS relief for stomach cramps associated with IBS or Buscopan cramps for other symptoms after seeking advice from a Pharmacist.

Who is it for?

Buscopan IBS relief is available to buy from supermarkets and pharmacies for treating abdominal cramps associated with IBS. If you are experiencing cramping and symptoms you think could be caused by IBS for the first time, it may be best to speak to your doctor about the symptoms before taking it. Buscopan should only be used short-term for a maximum of 2 weeks, and should not be used when the cause of the symptoms are unknown.

How does it work?

Buscopan (Hyoscine butylbromide) is an antispasmodic medicine that directly relaxes smooth muscles which are found in the gastrointestinal and urinary tract, easing pain from any spasm or cramps at the root of the cause. It can get to work within 15 minutes. This is different from general painkillers like paracetamol and ibuprofen which block the sensation of pain.

Should anybody not take it?

You should not take Buscopan if you are allergic to any of the ingredients, or have any severe symptoms, or are unsure of the cause of your symptoms. Buscopan should also be avoided if you suffer from any of the following conditions: myasthenia gravis, narrow angle glaucoma, or other complex issues with the gastrointestinal tract where you would normally speak to your doctor before starting a new medication.

You should also be aware that buscopan can interact with certain medications such an antidepressants, antihistamines, antipsychotics, and anticholinergics. If you are taking any of these medications or are not sure, then speak to a doctor or pharmacist before taking buscopan.

Are there any side-effects?

Side effects from Buscopan are uncommon but can include dry mouth, dizziness, and a rash. It may also affect your ability to sweat so should not be used when you have a fever as this will affect your body’s ability to regulate your temperature. Like any medication, it is possible that Buscopan has the potential to also cause an allergic reaction.

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