Buscopan IBS Relief

  • Effective treatment for IBS
  • Relieves abdominal pain and cramps
  • Works by relaxing the muscles within the gut
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What is Buscopan IBS Relief?

Buscopan IBS Relief is a tablet that contains the active ingredient Hyoscine Butylbromide which is an antimuscarinic antispasmodic.

These tablets are taken to relieve the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) in people who have been previously diagnosed with the condition by their doctor. It is an antispasmodic medicine which works to relieve the painful stomach cramps that often come with IBS. 

One tablet should be taken three times a day to ease your symptoms.

What is Buscopan IBS Relief used to treat?

Buscopan IBS Relief is used to treat the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). It works to relieve the abdominal pain that is caused by stomach cramps in people who suffer from this condition.

Irritable bowel syndrome, often just referred to as IBS, is a condition where the muscles within your bowel become very sensitive to things like:

  • Stimulants, such as coffee
  • Stress
  • Eating and drinking certain foods
  • Your eating and drinking habits
  • Hormonal factors

These things can trigger abdominal pain due to cramps or spasms. Other symptoms include feeling bloated or excessive wind. Constipation or diarrhoea are other conditions associated with it in some cases.

Buscopan IBS Relief helps to relieve the physical pain associated with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

How does Buscopan IBS Relief work?

Buscopan IBS Relief tablets contain the active ingredient hyoscine butylbromide, which is an antispasmodic medicine. This ingredient works to relax the muscles in your bowel, which helps to ease stomach cramps that are often caused by IBS flare-ups.

Buscopan works very quickly, helping to ease IBS symptoms and painful cramps within just 15 minutes.

How to take Buscopan IBS Relief

The recommended dose of this medicine is to take one tablet three times a day. If required, this dose can be increased to a maximum of two tablets, four times a day.

Do not exceed more than eight tablets in 24 hours.

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

Read the patient information leaflet, which will come with your medication, for complete instructions on how to take it.

Possible side effects

Like all medicines, Buscopan IBS Relief tablets come with the risk of side effects, although not everyone gets them.

Common side effects associated with this medicine may include:

  • Constipation
  • Blurred vision
  • Dry mouth
  • Abnormal sweating or reduced sweating
  • Fast heart rate

Speak to your doctor if any of these side effects bother you or do not go away.

This list is not exhaustive; please refer to the Side Effects tab for a list of rarer, more serious reactions you may experience.

Who can take Buscopan IBS Relief?

You should only take Buscopan IBS Relief if your doctor has told you that you have irritable bowel syndrome.

This medicine should not be taken by children under the age of 12.

Do not use this medicine if you suffer from any of the following conditions:

  • You are intolerant to or cannot digest certain sugars
  • You are allergic to hyoscine butylbromide or any of the other ingredients contained in this medicine (see the Ingredients tab for full details)
  • You have the eye condition glaucoma
  • You have a rare muscle weakness problem called myasthenia gravis
  • You have either a confirmed or suspected blockage of the bowel
  • You suffer from any conditions where your bowel does not work properly or is blocked
  • You have a very enlarged bowel (megacolon)

You should also take special care with Buscopan IBS Relief if any of the following symptoms apply to you; your abdominal pain may be connected to something different or more serious than irritable bowel syndrome.

Speak to your doctor if:

  • You are aged 40 years old or over and it has been some time since your last attack of IBS, or the symptoms are different this time
  • You have recently passed blood from the bowel
  • You are suffering with severe constipation
  • You are feeling sick and/or being sick
  • You have previously been treated or are currently being treated by a doctor for a severe sweating problem
  • You have lost weight
  • You have lost your appetite
  • You find it difficult or painful to urinate
  • You have recently travelled abroad
  • You have any heart problems, including a very fast heartbeat

If you have severe abdominal pain that persists or gets worse with any of the following symptoms, you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible:

  • Blood in your bowel movements
  • Feeling faint
  • Fever
  • Feeling sick
  • Being sick
  • Abdominal tenderness
  • Changes in your bowel movements
  • Low blood pressure

This list may not be exhaustive. Always consult the patient information leaflet for a complete list of warnings. Ask your doctor if you have any concerns.

Can you buy Buscopan IBS Relief over the counter?

You can buy Buscopan from pharmacies without needing a prescription. However, this medication is only supposed to be taken by people who have been told that they have IBS by their doctor.

Can you buy Buscopan IBS Relief online?

You can buy this medicine online from Medicine Direct if you have been previously told that you have irritable bowel syndrome by your doctor. Before your order goes through, you will need to complete a confidential online consultation questionnaire, which will be reviewed by a registered doctor.

Buscopan IBS Relief is available in packets of 20, 40 or 60 tablets.

If you order before 2pm, we can offer you next day delivery.

Never buy Buscopan or any other medicine online unless it is from a fully registered pharmacy, like Medicine Direct.

Buscopan IBS Relief alternatives

There are several medicines available to order from Medicine Direct to effectively relieve IBS symptoms.

Buscopan Cramps is an over the counter alternative to Buscopan IBS relief. This medication has the same active ingredient and works in the same way to relieve the abdominal pain that comes with this condition. However, you can also take Buscopan Cramps to treat issues like period pain.

Peppermint oil capsules such as Colpermin and Apercap can also be bought from Medicine Direct. These medicines do not require a prescription and work to relax the muscles in the stomach, easing the spasms brought on by irritable bowel syndrome.

Fybogel Mebeverine can also work to treat the symptoms of IBS, as well as ease constipation. This high-fibre treatment comes in the form of orange-flavoured powder sachets, which should be mixed with water and drank.

IBS is a condition that is usually lifelong, there is no cure for IBS, however certain diet changes can help with symptoms.

study into a low-FODMAP diet found that the restriction of FODMAP's (fermentable oligo-, di-, mono-saccharides and polyols, which are essentially short term carbohydrates that are resistant to digestion) was effective at reducing IBS symptoms.

Buscopan IBS Relief Indications and Dose

Always take Buscopan IBS Relief exactly as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist. Read the patient information leaflet thoroughly before you start to take it. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure of anything.

Buscopan IBS Relief is only suitable for adults and children over the age of 12; it is not recommended for anyone under 12 years old.

Our pharmacists and prescribers follow NICE guidelines when prescribing Buscopan IBS Relief.

Adults and children over 12 years old

Begin your treatment by taking 1 tablet 3 times a day.

If required, this dose can be increased to a maximum of 2 tablets 4 times a day.

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

What if I forget to take it?

If you accidentally miss a dose, just take it as soon as you remember, as long as it is not almost time for your next scheduled dose. If it is nearly time for your next dose, skip the dose you missed and continue taking the medicine as normal.

Never take two doses at once and do not double dose to try and make up for missing a previous dose.

To ensure you remember to take Buscopan IBS Relief, it is best if you take your doses at the same time each day. If you forget to take it more than once, it may be beneficial if you set an alarm to remind you to take it.

What if I take more than I am supposed to?

Taking an extra dose of Buscopan IBS Relief is unlikely to cause any serious harm.

However, if you become worried or have taken more than one extra dose, you should call 111 or go to a doctor straight away. Take your medicine with you so the doctor is aware of what you have taken.

Do not take it more than four times a day.

How to store Buscopan IBS Relief

Store these tablets out of sight and reach of children.

Do not store anywhere that is above 25C, and keep the medicine in its original packet.

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

What is the difference between Buscopan IBS Relief and Buscopan cramps?


There is no difference between the two products, both contain the same active ingredient and the same strength of medicine. The only difference is how they are marketed by Buscopan.

What does Buscopan IBS relief treat?


It is primarily used to treat painful IBS symptoms such as stomach cramps and bloating. However it is also used to relieve the pain caused by periods.

How long does Buscopan IBS Relief take to work?


Buscopan IBS Relief should begin to relieve your symptoms within 15 minutes of taking it.

How long do I need to take Buscopan IBS relief for?


You should use this medicine whenever your symptoms start to flare up. It does not need to be taken every day unless necessary.

Is Buscopan safe to take for a long time?


Buscopan is safe to take for more than 3 months, as it does not cause any long lasting side effects. However, if it has failed to relieve your symptoms after using it for 2 weeks you should discontinue use and consult your doctor as it may indicate a different underlying condition that require assessment.

Can I take Buscopan IBS Relief and Cramps at the same time?


Both products are the same, you should take one or the other. Doubling up on doses could cause adverse reactions and make your symptoms worse.

Can Buscopan IBS Relief be used to treat period pains?


Yes, it can be used to treat period pains. This is because the same type of involuntary muscle is present in the gut and the uterus, making buscopan an effective treatment for period pains.

When should I take Buscopan IBS relief?


This medicine should be taken at the onset of symptoms. You can take Buscopan IBS relief at any time of the day.

Can I drink alcohol whilst using Buscopan?


Yes you can drink alcohol whilst using Buscopan IBS Relief, there are no harmful interactions between the two.

Buscopan IBS Relief Serious Side Effects

The more common side effects of Buscopan IBS Relief can be found on the main product page.

More serious adverse effects may include:

  • Pain when you urinate
  • You get a painful red eye, with loss of vision

Seek immediate medical attention if you suffer any of the above adverse effects while taking this medicine.

Serious allergic reaction

In rare cases, it is possible to suffer a serious allergic reaction to Buscopan IBS Relief and you could require immediate treatment in hospital.

You should either call 999 or go to A&E straight away if you experience any of the following symptoms:

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

Always refer to the patient information leaflet for a comprehensive list of side effects you may experience. If you have any concerns or questions at all, we strongly advise you to discuss these with your doctor.

Buscopan IBS Relief Warnings and drug interactions

Buscopan IBS Relief may interact with other medicines, which could hinder its effectiveness or increase your risk of adverse effects.

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

In particular, you should make sure your doctor or pharmacist is aware if you are currently taking, or have recently taken, any of the following medicines:

  • Amantadine, used to treat the flu and Parkinson's disease
  • Any dopamine antagonists such as metoclopramide for feeling sick
  • Tetracyclic or tricyclic medicines, used for depression and particular types of pain relief
  • Any antipsychotic medicines for serious mental conditions, such as butyrophenones or phenothiazines
  • Quinidine or disopyramide, to help control your heartbeat
  • Beta 2 adrenergic medicines such as salbutamol inhalers for asthma
  • Anticholinergic medicines to treat breathing difficulties

For more information on medicines that interact with Buscopan IBS Relief.

If you have any questions or concerns, we advise you to discuss these with your doctor before you start to take a new medication.

Buscopan IBS Relief should only be taken by adults and children who are aged 12 years old and above.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

Buscopan IBS Relief is not suitable for women who are pregnant.

If you are currently pregnant, think you might be pregnant, or are trying to get pregnant, you should make sure your doctor is aware.

It is also not suitable for women who are currently breastfeeding.

If you suffer from IBS and are pregnant or breastfeeding, speak to your doctor about it; alternative forms of treatment may be more suitable for you to take. 

Read more about taking Buscopan IBS Relief tablets during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Driving and operating machinery

Buscopan IBS Relief may cause temporary blurred vision. Not everyone will experience this, but you should not drive, ride a bike or operate machinery if you do suffer from blurred vision.

If this problem persists, seek medical attention.

Buscopan IBS Relief Ingredients

The main active ingredient within this medicine is: Hyoscine butylbromide

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: 2076091

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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