Buscopan IBS relief is an antispasmodic agent that reduces painful spasms that can occur with Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
It is a commonly used drug and can be quite effective in some sufferers.
The actual generic name is hyoscine.
It works by relaxing the muscle layer in the stomach and gut.
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It is indicated as an antispasmodic agent in the symptomatic relief of colicky abdominal pain seen in IBS.
It can also be used to prevent bladder spasms as well as helping alleviate painful periods through its action of uterine muscle relaxation.
It should be used with caution in patients with Down syndrome, in children and the elderly as there is an increased risk of side-effects.
Also you should use with caution in reflux esophagitis, diarrhea, ulcerative colitis, acute myocardial infarction (heart attacks), hypertension, conditions that can increase heart rate (thyroid over-activity or heart conditions), fevers, constipation, pregnancy and breast feeding.
If taking medications or have a history of drug allergy always discuss with a health professional before use.
It is contraindicated in closed-angle glaucoma as it can precipitate an acute attack, myaesthenia gravis, paralytic ileus, pyloric stenosis and prostate enlargement due to urine retention.
There are many side effects, although not common. These include constipation, transient bradycardia (slow heart rate) followed by other heart rhythm disturbances, reduced bronchial secretions, urine urgency and retention, dilated pupils, photophobia (light sensitivity), dry mouth, flushing, skin dryness, Occasional confusion, nausea, vomiting and giddiness.
It is available as tablets or injection.
By mouth (adult) 20mg Four times a day
By injection 20mg as a stat dose IV or into the muscle.
Hyoscine Butylbromide and Buscopan plus (Hyoscine butylbromide 10 mg, paracetamol 500 mg) are used in the treatment of IBS as one of the antispasmodic agents that maybe effective for your colic symptoms.
This is a traditional treatment of IBS spasms and one I particularly like.
It does have side effects such as blurring of vision, dry mouth and urine retention although not usually clinically significant.
For occasional treatment of spasms, this is a treatment I would recommend.
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