What is Buscopan® (hyoscine butybromide) used for?
Buscopan® is commonly used for relieving colicky abdominal pain, which is caused by painful spasms in the muscles of the gastro-intestinal (GI) or genito-urinary (GU) tract. They include:
- Spasms of the stomach, intestines or bile duct (gastro-intestinal tract), including those associated with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Spasms of the bladder or urinary system (genito-urinary tract)
How should I take Buscopan® (hyoscine butybromide)?
Take as directed by your doctor. Swallow tablets whole with a glass of water. Take at least one hour before antacids or certain anti-diarrhea drugs (e.g., kaolin-pectin type).
How do I store Buscopan® (hyoscine butybromide)?
Buscopan® is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Buscopan® in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Buscopan® 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 Buscopan® 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 Buscopan® (hyoscine butybromide)?
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 Buscopan® or other medications.
- You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.
Caution is advised when this drug is used in the elderly.
Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?
There isn’t enough information about the safety of using Buscopan® during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Buscopan®.
What side effects can occur from Buscopan® (hyoscine butybromide)?
Constipation, dry mouth, trouble urinating, or nausea could occur. If these continue or are bothersome, notify your doctor promptly.
Very unlikely side effects are rash, itching, swelling of the hands or feet, trouble breathing, increased pulse, dizziness, diarrhea, vision problems, eye pain.
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 Buscopan® (hyoscine butybromide)?
Buscopan® 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.
Products may interact with this drug, including:
- Antidepressants (tricyclic type)
- MAO Inhibitors (e.g., phenelzine, linezolid, tranylcypromine, isocarboxazid, selegiline, furazolidone)
- Antihistamines (e.g., diphenhydramine)
- Potassium chloride supplements
- Absorbent-type antidiarrhea medicines (e.g., kaolin-pectin)
Does food or alcohol interact with Buscopan® (hyoscine butybromide)?
Buscopan® 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 Buscopan® (hyoscine butybromide)?
Buscopan® 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.
Especially if you have:
- Glaucoma or other eye problems
- Heart disease
- Enlarged prostate (males)
- Stomach or intestinal diseases
The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using Buscopan® (hyoscine butybromide).
What is the dose of Buscopan® (hyoscine butybromide) for an adult?
The usual dose of hyoscine tablets is 1 or 2 10 mg tablets per day. If you need to take this medication regularly, the usual dose is 1 tablet 3 to 5 times a day. The maximum dose is 6 tablets per day.
For the injection, the usual dose is 10 mg to 20 mg given by intramuscular (into a muscle), intravenous (into a vein), or subcutaneous (under the skin) injection. The maximum daily dose is 100 mg.
What is the dose of Buscopan® (hyoscine butybromide) 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 Buscopan® (hyoscine butybromide) available?
Buscopan® is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:
- Buscopan® tablet 10MG
- Buscopan® injection 20MG/ML
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 Buscopan®, 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.
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