Colpermin IBS Relief 100 Capsules

  • Contains peppermint oil
  • Gentle and fast acting
  • Relieves cramps, bloating and trapped wind
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What are Colpermin IBS Relief Capsules?

Colpermin IBS Relief Capsules are a specially formulated medicine for relieving the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

They contain peppermint oil as the active ingredient, which provides gentle but fast-acting relief to cramps, bloating and trapped wind.

Peppermint oil is largely used as flavouring in foods and drinks, however it also helps to naturally relieve spasms, cramps and other symptoms of IBS.

What are Colpermin Capsules used to treat?

Peppermint oil capsules, including Colpermin; are an antispasmodic treatment used to relieve the uncomfortable symptoms associated with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

You will normally be instructed to take one capsule three times a day.

They are suitable to be taken by adults and children who are over the age of 15.

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common condition, the food you eat is moved through your intestines by the bowel muscles constantly contracting and relaxing. When you have IBS, the muscle contractions become painful, which cause discomfort and bloating.

How do Colpermin Capsules work?

A recent study into the efficacy and safety of peppermint oil when treating IBS, concluded that Peppermint oil has an antispasmodic effect of the gastrointestinal tract. It is also considered to be a very safe medicine with relatively few side effects.

Colpermin Capsules contain natural peppermint oil as the active ingredient, which is an effective and gentle reliever of the symptoms of this condition. Peppermint oil is a muscle relaxant, which works by helping to reduce the stomach contractions that occur when suffering from IBS. This eases discomfort and helps you to get on with your day.

Colpermin IBS relief capsules can help to relieve various symptoms of IBS. They work by:

  • Relaxing the muscles in your intestines
  • Reducing bloating, discomfort and trapped wind
  • Helping to regulate bowel movements

How to take Colpermin Capsules

Adults and children over 15 years should take one capsule three times a day.

Swallow the capsules whole with a drink of water.

Do not take them straight after eating.

If you are suffering from severe symptoms, you can increase the dose to up to two capsules, three times a day.

Read the information that comes with the medicine before you start to take Colpermin Capsules. Here, you will find comprehensive instructions on doses. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are unsure.

Who can use Colpermin Capsules?

Do not use Colpermin if:

  • You are under 15 years old
  • You are allergic to peanuts or soya

Speak to your doctor before you start taking Colpermin if:

  • You have recently travelled abroad
  • You suffer from heartburn
  • You have blood in your faeces
  • You have severe constipation
  • You are taking any other medication
  • You have any other medical conditions
  • You are allergic to any other medicine
  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding

You should also avoid alcohol while taking Colpermin Capsules.

Can you buy Colpermin Capsules over the counter?

Colpermin Capsules can be bought over the counter from pharmacies without needing a prescription.

Can you buy Colpermin Capsules online in the UK?

Colpermin capsules can be bought online from most online pharmacies, it is important to ensure that you are buying medicine from a fully regulated UK online pharmacy such as Medicine Direct. 

You can learn more about our company, licenses and our team of medical professionals on our about us page.

Colpermin Capsule alternatives

Apercap Peppermint Oil capsules can also be bought from Medicine Direct. These capsules work in the same way as Colpermin, although they should not be taken by people under 18. Like Colpermin, you should take Apercap up to three times a day.

For a completely different form of treatment for irritable bowel syndrome, you could instead opt for tablets like Buscopan Cramps or Buscopan IBS Relief. Buscopan has been a renowned treatment for stomach cramps for many years. It is considered a very safe medicine and can be taken by adults and children, although Buscopan IBS Relief should only be used if your doctor has diagnosed you with IBS.

Mebeverine is another effective treatment for IBS symptoms. You can either buy Mebeverine tablets, which will relax the stomach muscles, or Fybogel Mebeverine, which is a powdered medicine that you mix with water to create an orange-flavoured drink you swallow.

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.

Colpermin Indications and Dose

Adults and children over the age of 15 should take one capsule three times a day.

If you have severe IBS symptoms, the dose can be increased to two capsules three times a day.

Our pharmacists and prescribers follow NICE prescribing guidelines.

You should keep taking these capsules until your symptoms are resolved, which should normally be within one to two weeks.


Always take Colpermin Capsules as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist. Read the patient information leaflet thoroughly before you start to take them. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are unsure.

These capsules are for oral use only. Swallow them whole with a drink of water; do not crush or chew them.

Do not take them immediately after food.

Do not take Colpermin at the same time as indigestion remedies.

If you forget to take them

Take the next dose when required if you miss a dose.

Do not take a double dose.

If you take more than you should

Speak to your doctor or go to A&E if you or anyone else takes more than the recommended dose.

Take the medicine and packaging with you if you need to go to hospital.

Storage instructions

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

Do not use after the expiry date, which can be found on the carton. The expiry date refers to the last day of the month stated.

Do not store in conditions above 25C. Do not store the medication in direct sunlight.

How does Colpermin help with IBS?

Colpermin IBS relief capsules contain peppermint oil, it is thought that peppermint oil helps in a number of ways via its muscle relaxation, anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties that help with the symptoms of IBS.

How long does it take for Colpermin IBS relief to work?

You may need to take this medicine for a couple of weeks until it has completely cleared your symptoms.

Is colpermin safe to take for a long time?

Yes, peppermint is safe to take for a long time as it is a completely natural ingredient. There are no harmful side effects when taking peppermint for a long time.

How long should I take Colpermin for?

You should take colpermin until your symptoms have been eased and cleared. If there has been no improvement to your symptoms after 2 weeks of taking Colpermin, discontinue use. You can keep taking colpermin for a maximum of 3 months for more severe symptoms.

When is the best time to take colpermin?

Do not take colpermin directly after food. You can take colpermin before bed or after waking up, however we recommend taking colpermin 30 minutes before all three of your main meals of the day. 

Can I drink alcohol whilst taking Colpermin IBS relief?

Yes, there are no harmful interactions between Colpermin and Alcohol. However, alcohol is a known trigger of IBS which can make your symptoms worse, even when taking colpermin.

Is Colpermin a laxative?

No, Colpermin is not a laxative and will not make you go to the toilet. It helps with stomach cramps, bloating, diarrhoea and constipation and other painful symptoms related to IBS.

Do I need to change my diet when taking Colpermin capsules?

You do not have to change your diet when taking Colpermin, however it is recommended that you remove certain foods that trigger your IBS from your diet to help with your symptoms.

Colpermin side effects

Like all medicines, Colpermin Capsules come with the risk of certain side effects, although not everyone will get them. Most of these reactions are mild.

Occasional adverse effects may include:

  • Feeling sick or being sick
  • Heartburn or acid reflux
  • Anal irritation
  • Burning sensation in the mouth

Please note, this list is not exhaustive. Please read the Side Effects tab on this page for details on rarer and more serious reactions associated with this product.

Serious Side Effects

Stop using this product and seek medical attention if you have:

  • Allergic reactions to peppermint oil or menthol; this may include a rash, shaking, headache, slow pulse rate loss of co-ordination (these may occur if you take the capsules with alcohol)

Serious allergic reaction

In rare cases, it is possible to have a serious allergic reaction to Colpermin Capsules.

Stop using the product and call 999 or go to A&E straight away if:

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

You may be having a serious allergic reaction and require immediate treatment in hospital.

These lists may not be exhaustive. Always read the patient information leaflet for comprehensive information on side effects. If you are worried about side effects, speak to your doctor or pharmacist.

Colpermin warnings and drug interactions

Inform your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any other form of medication before you start using Colpermin Capsules.

Do not take this medicine if you are allergic to peanut or soya.

Peppermint oil can cause allergic reactions. Symptoms may include: rash, headache, slow pulse rate, loss of co-ordination and shaking). If you take the capsules with alcohol, you are more likely to get these symptoms.

This medicine should not be taken by children who are under the age of 15.

Speak to your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or get worse after taking Colpermin Capsules for two weeks.

For more on medicines tht interact with Colpermine IBS relief capsules.

Do not take these capsules immediately after food.

Always read the patient information leaflet for comprehensive details on warnings and drug interactions. If you have any questions or concerns at all about Colpermin Capsules, we strongly advise you to speak to your doctor or pharmacist before you start your course of treatment.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

Do not use this medicine without speaking to your doctor first if you are currently pregnant, think you might be pregnant, are trying to get pregnant, or are breastfeeding. For more information on taking Colpermine IBS relief capsules.


The main active ingredient within this medicine is: Peppermint oil

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

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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