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What is Apercap Peppermint Oil
Apercap peppermint oil capsules are an effective and reliable treatment for the reduction of uncomfortable symptoms that are associated with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). These include:
- Trapped wind
- Stomach cramps
Each Apercap peppermint oil capsule is specially coated to stop it dissolving in the stomach, allowing it to reach the part of the gut where it is needed, intact. The peppermint oil is then released into the bowel, where it acts to relax the muscle spasms that cause IBS.
How should I use Apercap Peppermint Oil Capsules?
It is recommended that you take one or two Apercap peppermint capsules three times per day, depending on the severity of your symptoms.
The capsules must always be swallowed whole with a drink of water.
Do not break or chew the capsules.
Do not take your Apercap peppermint oil capsules immediately after food.
You should also not take any other indigestion remedy within two hours before and after taking an Apercap peppermint oil capsule.
If your symptoms do persist or get any worse, you should consult your doctor.
How do Apercap Peppermint Oil Capsules work?
Peppermint oil acts to relax muscle spasms in the wall of the bowel. When the peppermint oil is absorbed into the bowel, it will cause the overacting muscles to relax and contract less frequently, thereby relieving the associated symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
How effective are Apercap Peppermint Oil Capsules?
Apercap peppermint oil capsules are an effective treatment to bring relief to the uncomfortable and often painful symptoms of IBS, which include bowel cramps, trapped wind and bloating, as well as diarrhoea and constipation.
In addition to taking Apercap peppermint oil capsules, patients can help to treat their symptoms of IBS by making certain lifestyle changes, for example, modifying their diets to avoid certain foods that are known to aggravate IBS. This could be dairy products for some patients, but it will differ from person to person.
It is also widely considered that taking regular exercise can help to relieve some of the symptoms of IBS, for example, a brisk walk or cycling.
As well as attempting to lower stress levels through exercise, meditation, and certain behavioural changes may also help to ease any symptoms that you may be experiencing as a result of IBS.
Can I buy Apercap Peppermint Oil Capsules online?
Yes. Apercap peppermint oil capsules do not require a prescription and are, therefore, readily available to purchase online via retailers such as Click Pharmacy, who will deliver to your preferred address. However, to ensure that this product is the best choice for your needs, we will ask that you answer a few short questions before we can process your order.
Should you require next-day delivery, then you can select this option when you get to the checkout stage of the process.
If you need information or advice in advance of your purchase, you can speak to one of the experts at Click Pharmacy, who will be happy to help.
What dose should I choose?
Adults should take one Apercap peppermint capsule three times per day.
If your symptoms feel more severe, then you may increase the dose to two capsules, taken three times per day.
Apercap peppermint oil capsules can be taken until your symptoms are resolved. This is usually within a two to three-week time period, but sometimes, in more persistent cases, this can take anywhere up to two to three months.
If, after a two to three-month period, you feel that your symptoms have got worse or new symptoms have appeared, then you should consult your doctor, who may investigate the possibility of further underlying health issues.
If you accidentally forget to take your Apercap peppermint oil capsules, then you should take your next dose when it is due. Do not double up your dose.
The capsules should only be taken when required and when your symptoms start to flare up, and you can continue to take them until your symptoms settle down. This is typically within one to two weeks.
Apercap peppermint oil capsules are not suitable for children under the age of 18 years.
Before taking Apercap peppermint oil capsules, you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist if you are pregnant, are planning on becoming pregnant, or think that you may be pregnant. You should also advise if you are breastfeeding or planning to breastfeed.
Please read all of the instructions thoroughly before using the product and ensure they are correctly followed. You will find instructions in the packaging when the product arrives.
How long do I use Apercap Peppermint Oil Capsules for before I notice a difference?
Apercap peppermint oil capsules should only be taken when required and when your symptoms start to flare up.
You can continue to take this medication until your symptoms resolve. Once your IBS has settled down, stop taking the capsules (this is typically within one to two weeks).
What are the side effects of Apercap Peppermint Oil Capsules?
As with all products that contain an active ingredient, side effects can occur. However, they are usually rare, and symptoms will be relatively mild.
Side effects can include:
- A slow heartbeat
- Trembling and unsteadiness
- Blurred vision
- Itching around the anus
- Urine and stools that smell of menthol
- Pain or discomfort when passing urine
- Inflammation of part of the penis
- An allergic reaction, including a skin rash
If you have concerns about any potential side effects while using Apercap peppermint oil capsules, please speak to your doctor or one of the experts at Click Pharmacy.
When shouldn’t I use Apercap Peppermint Capsules?
Apercap peppermint capsules are not suitable for use by anyone under the age of 18.
You should not take Apercap Peppermint Oil Capsules if you suffer from any of the following:
- Inflammation of the bile duct
- Gallstones or any other bile-related disorder
Consult your doctor or pharmacist before taking Apercap peppermint oil capsules if:
- This is the first time that you have suffered from any of the symptoms relating to IBS
- You are over 40 and have never experienced these issues until recently
- Your symptoms differ compared to previous episodes of IBS
- You have been sick or feel sick
- You have a temperature or feel feverish
- You are experiencing severe constipation
- You are suffering from heartburn
- You are experiencing unexplained weight loss
- You are passing blood from your anus
- You notice any unusual bleeding or discharge from your vagina
- You have recently travelled abroad
You must not take Apercap peppermint oil capsules at the same time as any of the following medications:
- Indigestion remedies
- Medicines for the stomach or ulcers of the intestines
- Medications that are used to treat acid reflux
You should also not use this product if you are allergic to any of the ingredients. These are:
- Peppermint oil 0.2ml
- Gelatine glycerol
- Titanium dioxide powder (E171)
- Chlorophyllin copper complex sodium (E141)
- Aqua polish
- Propylene glycol
- Purified water
If you have any questions about taking Apercap peppermint oil capsules, speak to your GP or pharmacist.
What is the difference between Apercap Peppermint Oil Capsules, Buscopan IBS Relief and Alosetron (Lotronex)?
There are various other remedies available to treat the symptoms of IBS, including Buscopan IBS Relief and Alosetron (Lotronex).
Buscopan IBS Relief contains the active ingredient, hyoscine butlybromide, which belongs to a group of medicines called antispasmodics. In contrast, the active ingredient in Apercap Peppermint Oil Capsules is peppermint oil itself.
Alosetron, which is sold under the brand name of Lotronex, is only available when prescribed by a doctor. It is primarily intended for use by women with IBS who have unsuccessfully tried other treatments, and they have not worked.
Can everyone take Apercap Peppermint Oil Capsules?
Although Apercap Peppermint Oil Capsules are generally safe to use, they are not suitable for everyone. You should not use Apercap Peppermint Oil Capsules if you have any of the following:
- Any bile related disorder
- Inflammation of the bile duct
- Allergy to the active ingredient
- Allergy to any of the inactive ingredients
Can I take other medicines while taking Apercap Peppermint Oil Capsules?
Although it is generally safe to combine different medicines with Apercap Peppermint Oil Capsules, you should not combine Apercap Peppermint Oil Capsules with any of the following:
- Medicines for acid reflux
- Medicines for stomach ulcers
- Medicines for indigestion
Can I take Apercap Peppermint Oil Capsules on an empty stomach?
It is advised to take Apercap Peppermint Oil Capsules 1 hour before having a well balanced meal or snack.
How should I store Apercap Peppermint Oil Capsules?
You should store Apercap Peppermint Oil Capsules in a cool dry place, out of reach from children, and at room temperature. These oil capsules should not be exposed to extreme temperatures or direct sunlight.
Like all medicines, after taking Apercap Peppermint Oil Capsules you are likely to experience a number of different side effects. It is important to note that not everyone experiences the same side effects. Possible side effects include the following:
- Slow heartbeat
- Blurred vision
- Pain when urinating
If any of these side effects worsen you should stop using Apercap Peppermint Oil Capsules immediately and seek medical advice as soon as possible.