Peppermint Oil For IBS Symptoms

This page is about peppermint oil for IBS or the Irritable Bowel Syndrome. It is also known by the trade names Mintec, Apercap or Colpermin.

It is a natural treatment and can provide excellent symptom relief, particularly with the cramps that are common to the condition.

On this page you can learn more about the indications, dosage and potential side effects.

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  • Cautions - learn who should avoid this therapy
  • Side Effects - are there any problems associated with Peppermint use
  • Dosage  - learn about the dose and how often you should take this form of treatment
  • My View - i'll give you my view of its use as medication in the irritable bowel syndrome
  • References - your opportunity to explore this form of treatment with further reading

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It is used in the treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome and abdominal colic.


If you are sensitive to Menthol you should avoid this treatment. You should also discuss with a health care professional if you are;

  • feeling unwell and have a new onset of symptoms
  • if you are or might be pregnant
  • if you are breast feeding
  • if you have noticed any recent weight loss, gone off your food or feeling nauseous
  • if you are taking other medications
  • if you have any history of allergy to medications

Side Effects

Side effects are uncommon, but can include heartburn, perianal irritation (itchy bottom), rarely allergic reactions (including rash, headache, slow heart rate, muscle tremor and ataxia - stumbling and falls)


It comes as capsules and should be taken at a dose of 1 or 2, swallowed whole not broken so as to prevent mouth irritation, with water three times a day up to two to three months usually. 

This dose can be adjusted after discussion with your doctor.

My View Of Peppermint Oil For IBS

These capsules are an excellent way of helping improve the symptoms of colic.

They are generally non-toxic, readily available and a natural way of helping to improve symptoms.

They can be taken three times a day so this provides regular relief and they are relatively cheap to buy and available off prescription.

Most patients report some relief with them.

If you look at the evidence base for peppermint for IBS, studies have generally been quite small, but have shown overall benefit.

Your Reviews

Marilyn's review (South Africa)

Peppermint oil capsules (and Lennon 'Peppermentdruppels' available in South Africa) have always given me relief when my IBS flares up. Fortunately I've never experienced side effects.

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1) Mintoil in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome: a prospective double blind placebo-controlled randomized trial. Cappello G, Spezzaferro M, Grossi L, Manzoli L, Marzio L.Dig Liver Dis. 2007 Jun;39(6):530-6. Epub 2007 Apr 8.

2) Enteric-coated, pH-dependent peppermint oil capsules for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome in children. Kline RM, Kline JJ, Di Palma J, Barbero GJ.J Pediatr. 2001 Jan;138(1):125-8.

3) Liu JH, Chen GH, Yeh HZ, et al. Enteric-coated peppermint-oil capsules in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome: a prospective, randomized trial. J Gastroenterol 1997;32:765-8

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