Buscopan is an antispasmodic medication prescribed to people troubled by abdominal cramps caused by certain foods, being stressed, bacteria, or even being terribly excited about something. The active ingredient of Buscopan is Hyoscine Butylbromide which is a substance derived from a species of plant genus in Australia, called Duboisia.
When taken as directed, Buscopan relaxes the smooth muscles in your stomach, intestines, bladder, and urethra by interrupting the signal that triggers your gastro-intestinal muscles to cramp or spasm, targeting the problem at the source to relieve your pain rather than just masking the pain.
Unlike other antispasmodics, Buscopan is less likely to cause drowsiness because it does not cross the blood brain barrier and instead works directly on the spasms. This helps you avoid merely masking the problem and deals with it head on.
Abdominal cramps can be very painful if not treated quickly. The regular movements of the smooth muscles along your digestive tract are quite sensitive and if something sets it off, the rhythmic movements can become out of balance. At times like this, the gentle wave-like muscle contractions, known as peristalsis, that slowly move your food along become painful and can last for hours. By taking Buscopan as soon as you realize there is noticeable cramping, you will find relief within 15 minutes.
Although there is no cure for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), taking Buscopan can relieve your pain, bloating, cramping, and other symptoms of IBS. You can also implement lifestyle changes to help reduce the amount of times your IBS acts up.
Buscopan should not be used during pregnancy unless the benefits outweigh the risks. If you become pregnant while using this medication, you should contact your doctor immediately. Provide your doctor with a list of any current OTC or Rx drugs you take or use, including herbal remedies and dietary or vitamin supplements so it can be determined if Buscopan is safe for you to take.
Until you know how Buscopan will affect you, avoid driving, operating machinery, or performing any task that may be unsafe if any of your senses are impaired. See your doctor right away if your abdominal cramping becomes worse, you become feverish, or you feel ill. Store all medications out of a child’s sight and reach and never share your meds with anyone else.