Alverine Citrate

  • Relaxes the muscles in the gut
  • Used to treat irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Effectively reduces stomach cramps

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What is Alverine Citrate?

Alverine Citrate is a prescription-only capsule medicine, it is a smooth muscle relaxant which is present in the Gut. It can also be used to treat painful menstruation as the smooth muscle is also present in the uterus.

It is an antispasmodic hard capsule that is used to treat the symptoms of intestinal problems, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

What is Alverine Citrate used to treat?

Alverine Citrate is an effective treatment for the symptoms associated with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Alverine Citrate is a muscle relaxant that acts directly on the muscles in the gut, helping the gut to relax.

It can also treat diverticular disease and disease of the colon, which creates small pouches to form in the colon wall. These pouches can then become inflamed and cause pain.

Common symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) include:

  • Intestinal pain
  • Stomach pain and/or cramps
  • Diarrhoea
  • Constipation
  • Increased wind and flatulence.

How does Alverine Citrate work?

Alverine Citrate is the active ingredient contained in this medicine, and it works by directly targeting the smooth muscle in your gut and relaxing them. This relieves the pain that comes when you have a flare up of irritable bowel syndrome, reducing stomach cramps and allowing you to get on with your day as normal.

How to take Alverine Citrate

Take one or two Alverine capsules up to three times each day. For best results, take it at the same time each day unless your doctor tells you to do otherwise.

Swallow the capsules whole with a glass of water. Do not chew them or crush them.

Who can take Alverine Citrate?

This medicine should not be taken by anyone who is under the age of 12 years old.

Do not take Alverine Citrate if any of these apply to you:

  • You have been told by your doctor that you have an obstruction of the gut or that your small bowel is not working properly.
  • You are allergic to alverine citrate, or any other ingredients contained in this medicine (see the Ingredients tab for full details).

Speak to your doctor before taking Alverine Citrate if:

  • You are 40 years of age or older
  • You have a fever
  • You are currently suffering from severe constipation
  • You have passed blood from your bowel
  • You feel sick or are being sick
  • You have recently travelled abroad
  • You have lost weight
  • You have lost your appetite
  • You have abnormal vaginal bleeding or discharge
  • You find it difficult or painful when passing urine
  • You are looking pale
  • You are feeling tired

Alverine Citrate Possible side effects

As with all medicines, Alverine Citrate comes with the risk of certain side effects, although not everyone gets them.

Speak to your doctor as soon as possible if you experience any of these adverse effects while taking this medication:

  • Feeling sick
  • Feeling dizzy
  • Headaches
  • Increased levels of certain liver enzymes (your doctor will run a blood test to check for this)

This list is not exhaustive. Please, refer to the Side Effects tab on this page for a list of rarer, more serious reactions you may suffer.

Always read the patient information leaflet thoroughly before you start to take a new medicine.

Can you buy Alverine Citrate over the counter?

You cannot buy Alverine Citrate over the counter; it is a prescription only medicine and must be prescribed by a doctor.

Can you buy Alverine Citrate online in the UK?

Alverine Citrate is a prescription-only medicine (POM). You can buy Alverine capsules online from Medicine Direct, but you will first need to complete an online questionnaire for one of our registered prescribers to review your answers before you order.

If you place your order by 2pm, we can offer you next day delivery.

Medicine Direct is fully regulated by the General Pharmaceutical Council, which means we can guarantee that all medication you buy from us is approved and safe to use. Never order any type of medicine online unless it is from a regulated pharmacy.

Alverine Citrate alternatives

A wide variety of medicines are available to order from Medicine Direct to effectively treat the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.

Peppermint oil capsules such as Colpermin and Apercap can be bought from our online pharmacy. These medicines work to gently relax the muscles in the gut, reducing the symptoms of IBS quickly and effectively.

Mebeverine is a popular choice of medicine to treat IBS. From Medicine Direct, you can either order the tablets or Fybogel Mebeverine, which is a sachet of powder that you should mix with water to create a delicious orange drink. Swallowing this drink will relax the muscles in your gut and allow you to continue with your day without discomfort.

On the other hand, a tried and tested medicine for stomach cramps, including those caused by IBS, is Buscopan. Buscopan Cramps can be ordered from our pharmacy after an online consultation, and should get to work within 15 minutes. You can also buy Buscopan IBS Relief tablets if you have been diagnosed with the problem by a doctor.

Alverine Citrate Dosage

Always take Alverine Citrate exactly as instructed by your doctor. Read the patient information leaflet thoroughly before you start to take it. Speak to your doctor if you are unsure of anything.

The normal dosage of this medicine is 1 or 2 capsules, to be taken up to 3 times a day.

Our pharmacists and prescribers follow NICE guidelines when prescribing Alverine Citrate.

Alverine Citrate capsules should be swallowed whole with a drink of water. This medicine can be taken with or without food.

Speak to your doctor if your symptoms have not improved after 2 weeks of taking Alverine Citrate.

What if I take more than I'm supposed to?

If you accidentally take too much Alverine Citrate, speak to your doctor.

Symptoms of an overdose may include low blood pressure, dizziness, an increased heartbeat, dilated pupils, blurred vision, dry mouth and throat, difficulty breathing or difficulty urinating.

What if I forget to take it?

If you forget to take Alverine Citrate, just take it as soon as you remember. If it has been more than 4 hours since you last took it, just skip the missed dose and continue taking Alverine Citrate as usual

Never take an extra dose and do not double dose any medication to try and make up for a missed dose. This will not work and may increase your risk of experiencing adverse effects.

How to store

Store this medicine well out of the reach and sight of children.

Store in a cool and dry place.

Do not use this medication after the expiry date, which can be found on the packet.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist about how to safely throw away medicines that are past their expiration date.

Is Alverine Citrate good at treating IBS?


Alverine Citrate is an antispasmodic medicine, it is used to treat a number of painful gastrointestinal symptoms such as stomach cramps and bloating. Alverine Citrate is a smooth muscle relaxant which is present in the gut and the uterus.

Does alverine stop bloating?


Yes, bloating is one of the main symptoms of IBS which Alverine Citrate active helps to reduce.

How long does it take for Alvering Citrate to work?


Alverine Citrate will help to relieve symptoms within 1 to 2 hours after taking it. However you may need to take Alverine Citrate for 2 weeks before you see an improvement in your symptoms.

How long can I take Alverine for?


Alverine should be taken whenever you start to experience a flare up of IBS symptoms. If your symptoms have not improved within 2 weeks of taking Alverine you should discontinue use and consult your doctor.

Is Alverine safe to take for a long time?


Alverine should not be taken consistently every day, only when your IBS symptoms flare up. If you find that you are taking alverine on a daily basis this may be the sign of an underlying condition. Generally, alverine should only be taken when necessary.

Can alverine citrate be used for period pain?


Yes, the uterus contains the same type of muscle (smooth muscle) as the gut, alverine can also help to relieve period pain and symptoms.

What are the side effects of Alverine?


Possible common side effects of Alverine Citrate include, nausea, dizziness and headaches.

When is the best time to take Alverine?


You can take alverine at any time of day, it is generally recommended to take 1 tablet three times daily. You should ensure that you are taking the tablets at similar times every day for consistency. You can take alverine before or after meals.

Does Alverine stop constipation?


Yes, Alverine can help with relieving constipation, it does this by relaxing the muscle in the gut.

Is Alverine Citrate a laxative?


No, alverine is not a laxative, it is considered an antispasmodic that helps to relax the involuntary muscles in the gut.

Can I drink alcohol whilst taking Alverine?


Yes, there are no harmful interactions between Alverine and Alcohol. However alcohol can trigger IBS symptoms even when taking Alverine.

Alverine Citrate Serious Side Effects

Contact your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you notice any of the following side effects while using Alverine Citrate:

  • Yellowing of the skin or of the whites of the eyes – this could be inflammation of the liver

In rare cases, it is possible that you may experience a serious allergic reaction to Alverine Citrate.

Either call 999 or go to A&E straight away if you exhibit any of the following symptoms; you may require immediate treatment in hospital:

  • You are wheezing
  • You have swelling in your face, tongue, mouth, lips or throat
  • You have a skin rash that is red, itchy, swollen, blistered or peeling skin
  • You have tightness in your chest or throat
  • You are finding it difficult to speak or breathe

These lists may not be exhaustive. Always read the patient information leaflet thoroughly before you start to take a new medication.

If you have any questions or concerns at all, we strongly advise you to speak to your doctor before starting a course of treatment.

Alverine Citrate Warnings and drug interactions

Alverine Citrate may interact with other medications, which could either increase your risk of side effects or hinder the medicine's effectiveness.

Before you start to use a new medicine, you should always inform your doctor if you are currently taking any other medicine. This includes both prescription and non-prescription medications, herbal remedies, vitamins and supplements.

Always read the patient information leaflet for a list of any particular drugs that may interact with Alverine Citrate.

If you have any concerns or questions at all, we strongly advise you to discuss them with your doctor before you start using the medicine.

Driving and operating machinery

Alverine Citrate will not have a direct impact on your ability to drive or operate machinery.

However, as some of the side effects associated with this medication include dizziness, headaches and feeling tired, you are advised not to drive, operate machinery or ride a bike if you experience any of these effects.

If any of these reactions bother you, you should wait until you feel better before you do any of these activities.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

This medication is not recommended for women who are pregnant. If you are currently pregnant, think you may be pregnant, or are trying to get pregnant, make sure you inform your doctor.

Similarly, you should not take this medication if you are breastfeeding.

Speak to your doctor about alternative forms of treatment for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and diverticular disease.

Fore more information on taking Alverine Citrate capsules during pregnancy.

Alverine Citrate Ingredients

The main active ingredient within this medicine is: Alverine Citrate

For a full list of the inactive ingredients, please read the Summary of Product Characteristics

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This page has recently been medically reviewed by Hussain Abdeh MPharm: 2211840

Published on: 12/10/2020

Updated on: 18/08/2021

This content has been written by our Superintendent Pharmacist Hussain Abdeh and has been medically reviewed by our Pharmacist Sonia Khan

Hussain Abdeh Superintendent Pharmacist at Medicine Direct

Hussain Abdeh
MPharm: 2211840

Pharmacist Independent Prescriber

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