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What is Colofac IBS
Colofac IBS tablets offer effective and reliable relief from the uncomfortable and often painful symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). These can include:
- Stomach cramps
- Trapped wind
- Small, hard stools or ribbon-like faeces
IBS is a prevalent complaint that causes spasms or pains in the gut. If the intestine goes into spasm mode and squeezes too tightly, it will be painful.
Colofac tablets contain the active ingredient, mebeverine. Mebeverine belongs to a group of medicines that are called antispasmodics. It works to treat involuntary muscle spasms and movements, relieving the pain that is associated with IBS.
Colofac IBS tablets are not suitable for use by those under 18.
What are the side effects of Colofac IBS Tablets?
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:
- Breathing difficulties
- Swelling of the face, throat, lips, or mouth
- A skin rash or itching of the skin
If you have any concerns about any potential side effects, please speak to the experts at Click Pharmacy.
How should I take Colofac IBS Tablets?
Colofac IBS tablets should be swallowed whole with a drink of water.
Tablets should not be chewed, as they are coated and designed to break down in the gut in a controlled manner. Chewing the tablet will interfere with the effects of the medication.
You should try to take your tablets approximately 20 minutes before a meal. This is because some people report that their symptoms feel the strongest after having eaten.
If your symptoms persist or worsen, then you should consult your doctor for further advice and investigation of any other underlying problems.
How do Colofac IBS Tablets work?
Colofac tablets contain an active ingredient called Mebeverine. Mebeverine belongs to a group of medicines called antispasmodics, and it works to treat involuntary muscle spasms and movements in the intestines, thereby relieving the pain and discomfort that is associated with IBS.
How effective are Colofac IBS Tablets?
Colofac IBS tablets are an effective treatment to bring relief to the symptoms of IBS, such as bowel cramps, bloating, trapped wind, and diarrhoea or constipation.
As well as taking Colofac tablets, patients can help to alleviate 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, but it will, of course, differ from patient to patient.
It is also considered that regular exercise can help to relieve some of the symptoms of IBS, such as a brisk walk or cycling.
Relaxation and lowering stress levels through activities such as meditation are also thought to help alleviate some of the symptoms of IBS.
Can I buy Colofac IBS Tablets online?
Yes. Colofac tablets 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 you to fill in a quick questionnaire before we can process your order.
Should you require next-day delivery, 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?
Colofac IBS tablets are not suitable for children and adolescents, and they should only be taken by adults aged 18 and over.
Adults over 18 years of age should take one capsule three times a day. However, this dosage can be reduced if your symptoms start to improve.
Do not take more than three Colofac tablets within a 24-hour period.
Do not exceed the stated dose. If you do accidentally take more Colofac tablets than you should, contact your doctor or pharmacist, or attend the nearest hospital straight away, taking your medicine packet with you.
Should you forget to take your dose of Colofac tablets, wait until the next dose is due. Do not double up the amount of your medication to make up for a missed dose.
Before taking Colofac tablets, you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist if you are pregnant,
are trying to become pregnant or think that you may be pregnant. You should also advise if you are breastfeeding or planning to breastfeed.
You should read all the instructions thoroughly before using the product and ensure that they are correctly followed. You will find instructions in the packaging when the product arrives.
How long do I use Colofac IBS Tablets for before I notice a difference?
The mebeverine in your Colofac tablets should begin to ease your symptoms in around one hour, and you should start to feel better one to three hours after taking your medication.
You can continue to take this treatment until your symptoms resolve. Once your IBS has settled down, stop taking the tablets. This is typically within a one to two-week time period.
You should speak to your doctor if your symptoms have not improved after two weeks.
When shouldn’t I use Colofac IBS Tablets?
Colofac tablets are not suitable for use by anyone under the age of 18 years old. You should speak to your GP or pharmacist for appropriate alternative remedies.
If you have a sugar or lactose intolerance, speak to your doctor or pharmacist before using this product.
You should also consult your GP or pharmacist before taking Colofac tablets if:
- This is the first time that you have suffered from any of the symptoms relating to IBS, or you have developed new symptoms, or your symptoms have worsened
- You are over the age of 40, and your symptoms have changed compared to previous episodes of IBS, or it has been some time since you have experienced IBS.
- You have blood in your stools.
- You are feeling nauseous, or are vomiting
- You look pale and feel tired
- You are constipated
- You have a fever
- You feel any pain or discomfort when passing water
- You notice any unusual bleeding or discharge from your vagina
- You have recently travelled abroad
You should not take Colofac IBS tablets if you are allergic to any of the ingredients. These are:
- 135 mg mebeverine hydrochloride
- Starch (potato or maize)
- Magnesium stearate
- Carnauba wax
Speak to your doctor or pharmacist if you have any concerns.
What is the difference between Colofac IBS Tablets, Audmonal Forte (Alverine) 120mg Capsules, and Mintec Peppermint Oil Capsules?
There are various other remedies available on the market to treat and relieve the symptoms of IBS, and Colofac tablets are one of them.
Others include Audmonal Forte (Alverine) 120mg Capsules and Mintec Peppermint Oil Capsules.
Audmonal Forte capsules contain the active ingredient, alverine, which is different from the one found in Colofac tablets. However, it is still an antispasmodic and works to relieve the pain and discomfort caused by IBS, the same as Colofac tablets do. Audmonal Forte capsules are suitable for use by children aged 12 years and over. However, they should not be used if you have an obstruction in your gut or your small bowel is not working correctly.
Unlike Colofac tablets and Audmonal Forte capsules, Mintec peppermint oil capsules use a natural ingredient to combat the uncomfortable symptoms of IBS. Mintec peppermint oil capsules are not suitable to be taken by children, and they should also be avoided if you are allergic to peppermint oil, aspirin, or any aspirin-like medications. You should also not consume alcohol while taking this medication.
Are Colofac IBS Tablets suitable for everyone to use?
Colofac IBS Tablets are not suitable for everyone, you should not use Colofac IBS Tablets if you have any of the following:
- Constipation caused by an inactive gut
- Cannot digest galactose
- Are pregnant, trying to get pregnant or breastfeeding
What if I forget to take my dose of Colofac IBS Tablets?
If you forget to take your dose of Colofac IBS Tablets, you should skip the dose you just missed and continue as normal. You should never take two doses at once, even if you are making up for a missed dose.
Can I take painkillers while taking Colofac IBS Tablets?
Yes, it is safe to combine painkillers such as paracetamol and ibuprofen with Colofac IBS Tablets.
Can I use other medication for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome while using Colofac IBS Tablets?
You should not combine other drugs for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome with Colofac IBS Tablets. Extra medication is unlikely to relieve symptoms and instead is likely to cause more side effects.
How should I store Colofac IBS Tablets?
You should store Colofac IBS Tablets in a cool dry place, out of reach from children, and at room temperature. These tablets should not be exposed to extreme temperatures or direct sunlight.
After taking Colofac IBS Tablets you are unlikely to experience any side effects. This is because these tablets do not interfere with anything else within the body. If you experience any of the following:
- Peeling of skin
These side effects may be signs of an allergic reaction to the drug, in this case you should stop using Colofac IBS Tablets immediately and seek medical advice, from a GP or pharmacist, as soon as possible.