Fybogel Mebeverine (Orange Flavour)

  • Very high in natural fibre
  • Helps to promote natural bowel movements
  • Relieves spasms and cramps in the gut
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About Fybogel Mebeverine (Orange Flavour)
  1. What is Fybogel Mebeverine?

    Fybogel Mebeverine contains ispaghula husk, a natural plant material that is very high in fibre.

    The medicine comes as an orange-flavoured powder sachet, which should be mixed with water and drank.

    Mebeverine is an anti-spasmodic medicine that helps to relax the stomach muscles. This makes it an effective treatment for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), helping to encourage bowel movements and relieve discomfort.

    You can buy Fybogel Mebeverine sachets over the counter. 

    What is Fybogel Mebeverine used to treat?

    Fybogel Mebeverine is used to treat constipation and irritable bowel syndrome.

    This medicine contains two different active ingredients, a laxative and an antispasmodic, which means that it can both treat stomach pain and also help you to go to the toilet.

    Fybogel Mebeverine is dissolved in water for a pleasant-tasting orange drink, which is also sugar and gluten-free.

    Why are Fybogel Mebeverine sachets recommended for IBS?

    Mebeverine has been clinically tested and shown to be a safe and effective medicine for IBS. 

    How does Fybogel Mebeverine work?

    This medicine works by increasing the bulk of the contents of your gut passing through the digestive system. This helps to promote normal bowel movements and relieves spasms and cramps that occur in your gut.

    It contains two active ingredients, ispaghula husk and mebeverine. Ispaghula husk is a type of fibre known as a bulk-forming laxative, which helps to relieve constipation and maintain regular bowel movements. When mixed with water, it swells in the gut and increases the volume of your bowel movements without being absorbed into the body. The muscles of the bowel wall can then push the contents along, helping you to go to the toilet.

    Mebeverine is an antispasmodic that relaxes the muscles in and around the intestinal wall, which relieves the abdominal pain that comes with spasms caused by irritable bowel syndrome.

    Who can take Fybogel Mebeverine?

    Fybogel is not suitable for children under 12 years old.

    You should consult your doctor before taking Fybogel Mebeverine if:

    • You are vomiting
    • You are over the age of 40
    • You have severe constipation
    • You have pain or difficulty while passing urine
    • You have lost weight or lost your appetite
    • You have been prescribed potassium supplements
    • You have a fever
    • You have unexplained vaginal bleeding or vaginal discharge
    • You have been prescribed a potassium-sparing diuretic medicine
    • You have blood in your stools
    • You look pale or feel tired
    • You are pregnant, trying to get pregnant or are breastfeeding

    This list is not exhaustive. Always read the patient information leaflet, which comes with your medicine, before you start to take it.

    Can you buy Fybogel Mebeverine over the counter?

    Yes, you can buy Fybogel Mebeverine over the counter from your local pharmacy.

    Can you buy Fybogel Mebeverine online in the UK?

    You can buy Fybogel Mebeverine online from Medicine Direct by filling out a simple questionnaire on our website. Your answers will be reviewed by one of our registered prescribers to make sure that this medicine is safe for you to use.

    You can then order from our online pharmacy, with next day delivery if your order is placed by 2pm.

    It is important to ensure that you are buying medicine online from a fully regulated UK pharmacy. To learn more about our company and the licenses we hold, visit our about us page.

    Fybogel Mebeverine alternatives

    Understanding what triggers your IBS symptoms should be the first-line treatment option, trying to pinpoint if certain foods cause your symptoms can help you to make lifestyle adjustments and eliminate those symptoms-causing foods from your diet.

    A gut health test can also help to identify your symptoms by measuring the bacteria within your gut microbiome. Certain bad bacteria within your gut can cause symptoms to arise, a gut microbiome test will identify if those bad bacteria types are present and will create a personalised plan to reduce them and improve the quantity of good bacteria.

    Various alternatives to Fybogel Mebeverine can be ordered from Medicine Direct. The full list of IBS treatments can be found on the Irritable Bowel Syndrome product page.

    Peppermint oil capsules such as Apercap and Colpermin are available to order without needing a prescription. These capsules contain peppermint oil, which works to relax the muscles in the gut, relieving discomfort effectively. They can also regulate bowel movements, relieving bloating.

    Senocalm IBS Relief works to ease stomach cramps and can also help to alleviate bloating.

    Alverine Citrate is another muscle relaxant that can swiftly relieve irritable bowel syndrome symptoms. This medication is a prescription-only medicine (POM), but you can buy it from Medicine Direct after completing an online consultation questionnaire.

  2. Fybogel Mebeverine Indications and Dose

    Always read the patient information leaflet thoroughly before you start to take Fybogel Mebeverine. Make sure you follow your doctor's instructions on how to take this medication. Consult your doctor if you are unsure of how to take it.

    Our pharmacists and prescribers follow NICE prescribing guidelines when prescribing Fybogel Mebeverine.

    How to take Fybogel Mebeverine

    Adults and children over 12 years should take one sachet half an hour before eating breakfast, then a second one half an hour before the evening meal.

    A third sachet can be taken at lunchtime if required.

    Mix the contents of the sachet into a glass of approximately 150ml of cold water. Consume the whole drink straight away.

    Aside from Fybogel Mebeverine, you should make sure you drink plenty of water throughout the day.

    Do not take this medicine before you go to bed. Speak to your doctor if you have not noticed an improvement after two weeks.

  3. Fybogel Mebeverine side effects

    As with all medications, Fybogel Mebeverine may cause certain adverse effects, although not everyone gets them.

    Contact your doctor immediately if you experience a skin rash; symptoms may include itching or stinging.

    For the first few days of using this medicine, you may experience flatulence or bloating; these symptoms should go away as your treatment progresses.

    You may also have difficulty swallowing and/or a bowel blockage.

    If any of these symptoms bother you or persist, you should speak to your doctor as soon as possible.

  4. Warnings and drug interactions

    Always ensure you tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines before you start using another one. This includes both prescription and non-prescription medications, vitamins, supplements and herbal remedies.

    In particular, you should inform your doctor if you are already taking any of the following:

    • Carbamazepine to treat mood problems and epilepsy
    • The heart medicine digoxin
    • Mesalazine, which is used to treat gut problems

    Pregnancy and breastfeeding

    Fybogel Mebeverine is considered safe to use during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

    Ask your doctor about taking any medicines if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

    For more information on taking Fybogel mebeverine and treating constipation when pregnant or breastfeeding.

  5. Ingredients

    The main active ingredients within this medicine are ispaghula husk and mebeverine hydrochloride.

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

  6. What is Fybogel Mebeverine used to treat?

    Fybogel Mebeverine is used to treat the painful symptoms of IBS, it contains Fybogel which is a laxative that can help with the symptoms of constipation. It also contains Mebeverine which is an antispasmodic which helps to relieve the symptoms of painful muscle crams, bloating and abdominal pain.

    Can I take Fybogel Mebeverine everyday?

    Whilst it is safe to take every day, it is generally not recommended. You should only use Fybogel Mebeverine when symptoms start to flare up. Using a laxative daily can lead to diarrhoea over a prolonged period of time.

    Is Fybogel Mebeverine a Laxative?

    Yes, one of the active ingredients (Fybogel) in this medicine is classed as a laxative.

    What is the difference between Fybogel and Fybogel Mebeverine?

    Fybogel just contains the active ingredient Fybogel which is a laxative. Fybogel Mebeverine contains both Fybogel and Mebeverine which is an antispasmodic and helps to relieve painful IBS symptoms such as stomach cramps, bloating and abdominal pain.

    What are the side effects of Fybogel Mebeverine?

    Common side effects include flatulence and bloating, however these symptoms should go after a few days. 

    When is the best time to take Fybogel Mebeverine?

    You should take Fybogel Mebeverine 30 minutes before each one of your 3 main meals.

    Can I drink alcohol whilst using Fybogel Mebeverine?

    Yes, it is safe to drink alcohol whilst using this medicine. However alcohol can trigger a number of IBS symptoms even when taking Fybogel Mebeverine.
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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