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- Patient Information Leaflet
What is Mebeverine
Mebeverine is a drug that falls underneath a class of medications classified as antispasmodics. It contains mebeverine hydrochloride as an active ingredient which reacts to relieve symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome(IBS).
How effective Is Mebeverine?
Mebeverine is an effective way of managing and controlling the spasms of the intestines. It relaxes the muscles of the intestine, thus relieving the patient of stomach pains, small pellet-like stools and abdominal cramps. It is a prescription drug hence ensure that you adhere to the instructions provided for effective use. Normally, it takes 10 to 14 days for symptoms to disappear; hence if symptoms worsen after two weeks, seek immediate medical help.
Mebeverine is recognized as an effective treatment against spastic constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, spastic colitis and mucous colitis. It is not recommended for children or persons under the age of 18 years.
Can I buy Mebeverine online?
Mebeverine requires a prescription; hence you are very welcome to book an appointment with a health expert at Click Pharmacy to discuss how best to use this product. Each unit of Mebeverine contains 100 tablets. The maximum order is of two units, which can be purchased online to be sent directly to you by Next Day Delivery.
What dose should I choose?
Mebeverine is not recommended for persons under the age of 18 years. This medication comes in the form of film-coated tablets, each carrying strength of 135mg of the active ingredient mebeverine hydrochloride. Take this medication as prescribed by your doctor or pharmacist.
Usually, the recommended dose is one tablet three times a day. Do not exceed this limit.
Always check the label and read instructions before beginning treatment.
How should I take Mebeverine
As mentioned before, Mebeverine 135mg film-coated tablets are obtained with a prescription. Therefore follow the instructions given by the doctor and read the patient information leaflet before use.
Take a whole tablet of Mebeverine 20 minutes before a meal. The usual recommended dose is one tablet three times a day. Do not exceed the limit of three tablets per day. When symptoms improve, the doctor might decrease your dosage.
However, if symptoms persist or worsen, seek medical help.
Mebeverine should be swallowed whole, with a glass of water, and not chewed.
How does Mebeverine work?
This medication works by relaxing the muscles in the gastrointestinal tract.
Spasms of these muscles are the cause of your pain and of the other IBS symptoms, such as constipation, diarrhoea, flatulence, bloating or pellet-like stools.
Mebeverine is used to treat irritable bowel syndrome, spastic constipation, spastic colitis, mucous colitis and chronic irritable colon.
How long do I take Mebeverine for before I notice a difference?
Mebeverine is available on prescription. For practical use, ensure that you follow the doctor’s/pharmacist’s instructions. Usually, the recommended dose is a maximum of three tablets in a day. However, this may change once your symptoms improve. The treatment takes 10 to 14 days; therefore, if symptoms persist or worsen after this period, seek immediate medical attention.
Do not stop treatment unless the doctor asks you to.
What are the side effects of Mebeverine?
The main side effects of using this medication are the following: itchiness or hives, redness of the skin, swelling of the face, lips, tongue, throat, neck, or difficulty in breathing.
If any of these occur, you’re having an allergic reaction, and you should inform your doctor immediately.
If you get any of the above side effects, including those not mentioned on the patient leaflet enclosed, seek immediate medical assistance from your GP or a hospital.
Mebeverine contains lactose; hence if you’re intolerant to some sugars, inform your doctor before you begin the treatment.
Side effects vary from patient to patient. Therefore should you require any further advice, please speak to your doctor or consult our specialists at Click Pharmacy.
When shouldn’t I take Mebeverine?
Do not begin this treatment if you are allergic to mebeverine hydrochloride or any other ingredient listed on the product. In case your symptoms worsen or you develop new symptoms upon taking Mebeverine, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. Also, inform your doctor if you have liver or kidney problems before taking this medicine. Mebeverine doesn’t interact with other drugs, but you should inform your doctor if you're on prescription or non-prescription medication before you begin treatment.
It is stated that you can drink alcohol while taking this treatment. However, if you are pregnant, planning to get pregnant or are currently breastfeeding, ask your doctor about the suitability of this medication.
If this medication has reached the expiry date (last day of the month), do not use it.
Mebeverine is not suitable for children and persons under the age of 18 years.
What is the difference between Mebeverine and Colofac/ Buscopan
All of the above medications are antispasmodics that treat irritable bowel syndrome. Mebeverine and Colofac are similar, only that Colofac is the branded version of Mebeverine. The two have the active ingredient mebeverine hydrochloride, although Colofac stands as the expensive treatment between the two. Even though Mebeverine is cheaper, it is just as effective as Colofac.
Buscopan is also an antispasmodic, but instead of having mebeverine hydrochloride as the active ingredient, it has hyoscine butyl bromide. It is also an effective treatment against irritable bowel syndrome and abdominal cramps.
Alternatives to Mebeverine
If, for some reason, Mebeverine does not work for you, you can find various other treatments for IBS. For instance, other treatments include:
- Colpermin (peppermint oil)
Besides cramps and stomach pain, IBS can lead to irritating symptoms like diarrhoea and constipation. For such symptoms, you can use anti-diarrhoea medication, such as Imodium. Similarly, if you experience constipation, you can use laxatives such as Fybogel.
Can Mebeverine help constipation?
No. Mebeverine is meant to alleviate symptoms such as stomach pain and cramps. Muscle spasms typically cause stomach pain and cramps. Although these are common symptoms of IBS, it is a given that some people experience constipation as a common symptom of IBS. However, Mebeverine does not help with that. You can use laxatives for constipation.
Is Mebeverine the same as Buscopan?
No. Buscopan is very different from Mebeverine. However, Mebeverine and Buscopan contain ingredients that relieve muscle spasms. The critical difference is that Buscopan includes the active ingredient hyoscine, which works differently.
How quickly does Mebeverine work?
The effect of Mebeverine begins to work within 30 to 60 minutes of taking a dose. However, the exact timeframe may vary from person to person and the intensity of the stomach cramps.
How many Mebeverine can I take per day?
You can take three tablets of Mebeverine per day. That is the maximum amount. Do not exceed this limit.
How can I cure IBS permanently?
Unfortunately, as of right now, there is no cure for IBS. The ideal solution for IBS is managing the symptoms with the help of suitable medication. You can use effective medicines such as Mebeverine to ease symptoms. In addition to this, you can make some lifestyle changes to avoid triggers.
Can I buy Mebeverine over the counter?
Yes. You can purchase Mebeverine over the counter in the UK. However, it is only available over the counter in certain pharmacies. In other pharmacies, you may be asked for a valid prescription.
You can also request to order it from registered online pharmacy services. You will be required to complete a questionnaire online, which will be evaluated. Once it is assessed, you will be issued your medication.
Using Mebeverine with Alcohol
Although alcohol does not interact with Mebeverine in any way, it is not recommended to take alcohol if you have IBS. This is because alcohol can trigger IBS symptoms and even worsen the intensity of the symptoms. Therefore, whilst it is possible to drink alcohol when taking Mebeverine, it is not recommended as alcohol can trigger IBS symptoms.
What is the difference between Mebeverine Tablets and Colofac IBS?
While both Mebeverine Tablets and Colofac IBS are used to treat symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, the main difference is branding and price. Colofac IBs is the branded version of Mebeverine Tablets making it cost more.
How long do Mebeverine Tablets take to work?
Mebeverine Tablets generally take an hour to begin working and improving symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.
Can children use Mebeverine Tablets for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome?
Mebeverine Tablets are not suitable for children under the age of 10 years old.
Can pregnant or breastfeeding women use Mebeverine Tablets for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome?
Pregnant or breastfeeding women should refrain from using Mebeverine Tablets as it may cause harm to the baby.
What if I forget to take my dose of Mebeverine Tablets?
If you forget to take your dose of Mebeverine 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 Mebeverine Tablets?
Yes, it is safe to combine painkillers such as paracetamol and ibuprofen with Mebeverine Tablets.
Can I use other medication for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome while using Mebeverine Tablets?
You should not combine other drugs for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome with Mebeverine Tablets. Extra medication is unlikely to relieve symptoms and instead is likely to cause more side effects.
You should not experience any side effects from using Mebeverine Tablets. If you experience any of the following side effects:
- Peeling of skin
These side effects may be signs of an allergic reaction (hypersensitivity) to the drug, in this case you should stop using Mebeverine Tablets immediately and seek medical advice from a GP or pharmacist as soon as possible.