What is alverine citrate used for?
Alverine citrate is a direct relaxant of the muscles of the gut (intestinal) and womb (uterus), and is sometimes known as an antispasmodic drug.
Alverine citrate is used to relax the muscles of the intestine and to treat symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and related conditions.
It is used to manage the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, a common intestinal condition which causes spasm and pain in the intestine, as well as stomach pain, persistent diarrhea (sometimes alternating with periods of constipation) and wind (flatulence).
It can also be used for painful diverticular disease of the colon (a condition of the large intestine), and to relieve period pains.
Benefits of being on this drug include reducing the painful and troublesome symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.
How should I take alverine citrate?
Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it.
Remember to use it at the same time each day – unless specifically told otherwise by your doctor.
It may take some time before the full benefit of this drug takes effect.
Certain medical conditions may require different dosage instructions as directed by your doctor.
How do I store alverine citrate?
Alverine citrate is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store alverine citrate in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of alverine citrate that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.
You should not flush alverine citrate down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.
Precautions & warnings
What should I know before using alverine citrate?
Before using this drug, tell your doctor if:
- You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
- You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
- You have allergy with any of active or inactive ingredients of alverine citrate or other medications.
- You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.
Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking this medication.
Alverine may cause dizziness, if affected do not drive or operate machinery. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details.
Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?
There isn’t enough information about the safety of using alverine citrate during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking alverine citrate.
What side effects can occur from alverine citrate?
Side effects may occur when using this drug, such as:
- Feeling sick (nausea)
- Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes).
If any of these persist or you consider them severe then inform your doctor.
Tell your doctor immediately if you develop any of the following symptoms: yellowing of the skin or eyes (jaundice), indicating inflammation of the liver (hepatitis).
A serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction include: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), dizziness, trouble breathing.
Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.
What drugs may interact with alverine citrate?
Alverine citrate may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.
Does food or alcohol interact with alverine citrate?
Alverine citrate may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.
What health conditions may interact with alverine citrate?
Alverine citrate may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.
Health conditions that may interact with this drug are:
- Severe constipation
- Having difficulty or pain when passing urine (water)
- Recently had a fever, bloody stools, or have had abnormal vaginal bleeding or discharge
- Paralytic ileus (lack of bowel movements, leading to blockage of the gut) or obstruction to the gut
The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using alverine citrate.
What is the dose of alverine citrate for an adult?
Dosage is based on your age, gender, medical condition, response to therapy, and use of certain interacting medicines.
Take this medication orally usually one- to three-times daily, with or without food.
This medication is suitable for adults and children over 12 years old.
What is the dose of alverine citrate for a child?
The dosage has not been established in pediatric patients. It may be unsafe for your child. It is always important to fully understand the safety of the drug before using. Please consult with your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
How is alverine citrate available?
Alverine citrate is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:
What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?
In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.
What should I do if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose of alverine citrate, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.
Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
Alverine citrate. https://www.drugs.com/uk/alverine-citrate-60-mg-hard-capsules-leaflet.html. Accessed October 2, 2017
Alverine citrate. http://drugs.webmd.boots.com/drugs/drug-20-Alverine-Citrate.aspx. Accessed October 2, 2017
Review Date: October 2, 2017 | Last Modified: September 11, 2019