Buscopan Cramps

  • Relieves pain and discomfort caused by abdominal cramps
  • Begins to work in just 15 minutes
  • Relax the gut and eases symptoms caused by IBS
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What is Buscopan Cramps?

Buscopan has been a renowned medicine since it was first approved for medical use in 1951. Worldwide, it is one of the most well known antispasmodics as is on the World Health Organisations List of Essential Medicines.

Buscopan Cramps contains the active ingredient hyoscine butylbromide, which helps to relieve the pain and discomfort caused by cramps.

This medicine comes in packs of 20, 40 or 60 tablets.

What is Buscopan Cramps used to treat?

Buscopan Cramps is primarily used to treat the pain and discomfort caused by abdominal cramps.

The active ingredient, hyoscine butylbromide, gets to work very quickly and the cramps should ease after around 15 minutes of taking Buscopan. It eases abdominal cramps by helping your gut to relax.

It can be taken to treat problems like period pain and irritable bowel syndrome, which can cause severe stomach cramps.

Buscopan Cramps is suitable for adults and children who are aged 6 years old and over.

How does Buscopan Cramps work?

Stomach cramps can affect people of all ages and can occur for many different reasons, such as constipation, nausea, irritable bowel syndrome, period pain and anxiety.

Hyoscine butylbromide works by relaxing the muscles in the walls of the stomach, intestines, urinary tract, bowel and bile duct, which helps to relieve stomach cramps and the discomfort that comes with them.

Buscopan will usually relieve painful cramps within 15 minutes of administering.

How to take Buscopan Cramps

Swallow the tablets whole with a drink of water. Do not crush or chew them.

Adults and children over 12 should take two tablets, four times a day.

Children aged 6 to 12 should take one tablet, three times a day.

Always read the patient information leaflet for a full list of instructions. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.

Buscopan Possible side effects

As with all medicines, Buscopan comes with the risk of certain side effects, although not everyone will be affected by them.

The below adverse effects happen in more than 1 in every 1000 people. You should speak to your doctor if any of these persist or do not go away:

  • Blurred vision
  • Increased heart rate
  • Constipation
  • Dry mouth

This list is not exhaustive. Please, refer to the Side Effects tab on this page for a list of more serious side effects you may suffer while taking this medication.

Always read the patient information leaflet thoroughly before you start taking any medicine.

Who can take Buscopan Cramps?

Children under 6 years old should not take these tablets. Buscopan is also not suitable for certain adults and adolescents.

You should not take Buscopan Cramps if you suffer from any of the following:

  • You have a very enlarged bowel
  • You suffer from myasthenia gravis
  • You have a rare form of glaucoma called angle-closure glaucoma
  • You have had an allergic reaction to Buscopan or any other medicines in the past

Speak to your doctor before you take Buscopan Cramps if any of the below apply to you:

  • You have a temperature of 38C or higher
  • You have an overactive thyroid
  • You cannot digest certain sugars
  • You have a bowel blockage
  • You have any heart problems
  • You have a very fast heart rate
  • You find it difficult to urinate
  • You have any kind of digestive problems

This list may not be exhaustive. Read the patient information leaflet for full details on why Buscopan Cramps may not be suitable for you to take.

Can you buy Buscopan Cramps over the counter?

You can buy Buscopan Cramps over the counter from a local pharmacy or shop. You do not need a prescription for this medication.

Can you buy Buscopan Cramps online in the UK?

You can buy Buscopan Cramps online from Medicine Direct without needing a prescription. However, you will need to fill out a short online consultation form to make sure it is safe for you to take. One of our doctors or pharmacists will review your answers. After this, you can place your order with our online pharmacy; next day delivery is available if you order before 2pm.

Never buy any type of medication online unless you are ordering it from a pharmacy that is regulated by the General Pharmaceutical Council, like Medicine Direct. All legitimate pharmacies will have their pharmacy registration number clearly displayed on their website.

Buscopan Cramps alternatives

Various alternative IBS treatments can be ordered from Medicine Direct.

If you have been diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome and are looking for a medicine to provide effective relief from the symptoms of IBS, Buscopan IBS Relief can be ordered from our online pharmacy. This medicine contains the same active ingredient as Buscopan Cramps, but should only be used by people who have been formally diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome by a doctor.

Fybogel Mebeverine is available to order, as are Mebeverine tablets. These medicines work in the same way, although Fybogel Mebeverine comes as powder in a sachet, which you mix with water to create an orange-flavoured drink. Mebeverine relaxes the muscles in the gut to relieve discomfort.

Apercap and Colpermin peppermint oil capsules can also be bought from Medicine Direct. Peppermint oil is clinically proven to treat the symptoms of IBS by gently soothing the muscles in the gut.

To view the full range of IBS treatments available at Medicine Direct, see our Irritable Bowel Syndrome product page.

Buscopan Cramps Indications and Dose

Always take Buscopan Cramps exactly as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist. Check with them if you are unsure of anything before you start to take the medicine.

Do not crush or chew the tablets. Buscopan Cramps should be swallowed whole with a drink of water.

Our pharmacists and prescribers follow NICE prescribing guidelines when prescribing Buscopan Cramps.

For abdominal cramps

Adults and children over the age of 12 years old should begin treatment by taking 1 tablet 3 times a day.

If that dose not ease pain and discomfort, then it can be increased to 2 tablets 4 times a day. Do not take it more than 4 times a day.

Children between 6 years old and 11 years old should take 1 tablet 3 times a day.

When should I take it?

Take Buscopan as and when you suffer from abdominal cramps. You can take these tablets either with or without food.

What if I take more than I am supposed to?

An extra dose of Buscopan Cramps is unlikely to cause you any harm, but you should seek medical attention if you become worried or take more than one extra dose.

What if I forget to take it?

If you miss a dose, just take it as soon as you remember. If it is nearly time for your next dose, skip the missed dose altogether and continue to take the tablets as normal.

Never double dose a medicine and never take an extra dose to try and make up for a missed dose. This will not work and may increase your risk of side effects.

Buscopan Cramps FAQ's

How does Buscopan work?


Buscopan contains hyoscine butylbromide, which works to relax the muscles in your gut, which then eases the pain associated with abdominal cramps, period pain and irritable bowel syndrome. It normally relieves pain after about 15 minutes, making it a fast-acting antispasmodic.

When will I feel better?


Buscopan starts to work immediately and it should take around 15 minutes until your pain is eased. If your symptoms are still present after 2 weeks, you should go back to your pharmacist/doctor for advice.

Can I take Buscopan for a long time?


You should not take Buscopan for longer than 2 weeks. If your symptoms have not improved after 2 weeks, go back to your doctor. It is safe for you to take Buscopan for a long time, but this should only be when your doctor has instructed you to do so. This medicine is not normally recommended for children under 12 years old without a doctor’s recommendation.

What is the difference between Buscopan products?


Buscopan Cramps and Buscopan IBS Relief are essentially identical. They both contain the same active ingredient and are of the same dose. Buscopan Cramps is used to target stomach cramps, but it can also be used to help period pain and some IBS pain and discomfort. You can only purchase this from a pharmacy. It can be taken by adults and children who are over the age of 6 years old. It is available in packets of 20 tablets, 40 tablets or 60 tablets. Buscopan IBS Relief is specifically used to treat irritable bowel syndrome, which has been confirmed by your doctor. It is available to adults and adolescents; it is not recommended for children under 12 years old.

Where can I buy it?


Buscopan Cramps is available to purchase at Medicine Direct. We sell packets ranging from 20 tablets to 60. If you order with us before 2pm, we can offer you next day delivery on your order. Never order medicine online unless it is with a pharmacy registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council.

Can I take Buscopan with painkillers?


Yes, you can take this medicine with over the counter painkillers like paracetamol.

Can Buscopan become less effective over time?


There is no evidence to show that this medicine becomes less effective if taken for a long period of time. However, you should only take it for an extended period if instructed to do so by your doctor.

Are there other IBS remedies?


Yes, there are several other treatments for IBS, some of which can be bought over the counter and some of which are only available on prescription. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist about alternatives.

Will it affect my fertility?


There is nothing to suggest that Buscopan will affect your fertility, but you should still speak to your doctor or pharmacist if you are currently pregnant or are trying to get pregnant.

Will it affect my contraception?


No, this medicine does not have any effect on any type of contraception.

Can I drive or ride a bike?


Buscopan will not directly impair you from being able to drive or ride a bike. However, as some of the side effects of this medicine include blurred vision and dizziness, you should not drive, ride a bike or operate machinery if you experience any of these symptoms.

Can I drink alcohol with it?


You can drink alcohol with Buscopan, but you should not exceed the recommended 14 units of alcohol a week.

Can lifestyle changes help?


Certain lifestyle changes can help to ease abdominal cramps and IBS. Adults and children alike should try to exercise at least 3 times a week for at least 30 minutes. Cut down on the amount of caffeine and fizzy drinks you consume. Try to get an understanding of which foods trigger your pains; cutting down on fried food may also be beneficial. Trying to control your stress levels can also help you to reduce pain.

Buscopan Cramps Side Effects

In some cases, you may experience serious side effects while taking Buscopan.

Stop taking the medicine and call your doctor immediately if you:

  • Find it difficult to urinate
  • Get a painful red eye that makes it difficult to see, or your vision goes altogether

It is also possible to suffer a severe allergic reaction to this medicine. You must call 999 or go to A&E straight away if you have any of the following:

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

You may require urgent treatment in hospital.

Always read the patient information leaflet for a comprehensive list of possible side effects.

Buscopan Cramps Warnings and drug interactions

Buscopan Cramps may interact with other drugs. You should always inform your doctor of any other medicines you are using, including prescription and non-prescription medication, herbal remedies, vitamins and supplements.

The below medicines can increase your risk of side effects when taken alongside Buscopan:

  • Codeine
  • Amantadine
  • Quinidine or disopyramide
  • Any medicines to treat allergies
  • Certain inhaled asthma medicines
  • Medicines to treat mental health problems
  • Travel sickness medicines like metoclopramide and domperidone

For more information on medicines that interact with Buscopan Cramps.

Never take Buscopan more than 4 times a day and speak to a doctor if the person taking it is under 12 years old.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

You should make sure your doctor or pharmacist is aware if you are currently pregnant, trying to get pregnant, or think you may be pregnant. Buscopan is not normally recommended for women who are pregnant.

Buscopan may also reduce your milk production, so you should make sure your doctor or pharmacist is also aware if you are currently breastfeeding.

Alternative medicines may be more appropriate for you to take. Read more about taking Buscopan Cramps when pregnant or breastfeeding.

Buscopan Cramps Ingredients

The active substance contained in this medicine is hyoscine butylbromide.

Inactive ingredients also contained are: calcium hydrogen phosphate, maize starch, soluble starch, colloidal silica, tartaric acid, stearic acid, sucrose, talc, acacia, titanium dioxide, macrogol 6000, carnauba wax, white beeswax and povidone.

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Medically reviewed by Hussain Abdeh MPharm: 2211840

Published on: 12/10/2020

Updated on: 08/07/2021

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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