Buscopan is used to treat renal colic, bladder cramps and stomach aches by relaxing the digestive system.
Packet of medicine Buscopan (butylscopolamine) 40 tablets
Composition of Buscopan
This drug is available under many brand names and in multiple forms. Each white, sugar-coated, round tablet contains 10 mg hyoscine butylbromide. And the injection form is available in which each mL contains 10 mg hyoscine butylbromide. The chemical formula of hyoscine butylbromide is C21H30NO4+ and the molecular weight is 360 .467 g.
This drug is used to reduce the pain of the smooth muscle cramps (spasms) in the intestines, stomach, urethra and bladder. The smooth muscles of the intestines, urethra, stomach and bladder are relaxed under the action of hyoscine. Irritable Bowel Syndrome is also relieved by the use of buscopan.
How to use Buscopan
The usual dosage of buscopan is 10 mg tablets once or twice a day. If this medication has to be taken regularly, then the usual dose is one tablet 3-5 times in a day. The usual dose for the intramuscular, subcutaneous or intravenous injection is 10-20 mg. The maximum dosage in a day is 100 mg. The medicine has to be swallowed as a whole with water.
Side-Effects of Buscopan
Some of the following side-effects may be observed:
- Reduced ability to perspire
- Temporary blurred vision
- Dry mouth
- Urinating difficulty
- Changes in vision
- Skin itching and rashes
- Trouble breathing
- Increased pulse
- Swollen legs/hands
- Red, painful eye
- Loss of vision
- Symptoms of extreme allergy (swollen mouth/face/tongue/throat, hives)
This drug should not be taken along with MAOI (like linezolid, selegiline), tricyclic antidepressants, antacids, anticholinergics and antidiarrhea medicines (absorbent type). Take this medication at least 60 minutes before anti-diarrhea medicines and antacids. Buscopan is not advised to use when there is a bowel or stomach.This medication should not be used if you:
- Show allergic reactions to hyoscine or other atropinics.
- Are suffering from myasthenia gravis
- Have enlarged colon (megacolon)
- Have enlarged/blocked prostate (obstructive prostatic hypertrophy)
- Have glaucoma.
- Have vision disorders.
- Have porphyria (uncommon blood pigment disease)
- Prostate problems
- Achalasia (difficulty in swallowing).
Additionally, this drug should not be taken in the form of injection if you:
- Are receiving this medicine by injecting into the muscle and are consuming blood thinner drugs (like heparin, warfarin).
- Have narrow GI (Gastrointestinal) tract.
- Have heart disorder
- Have angina
- Have tachycardia
Pregnancy and Buscopan
During pregnancy, the use of buscopan is not advisable unless the advantages outrun the risks. Contact your physician or doctor immediately if you become pregnant while consuming this drug. It is yet not known whether hyoscine enters the human milk or not. If you are a nursing mother and are taking this medicine, it may influence your baby.
Home Remedies for Gastric Upset
Gastric upset is also referred as stomach upset in many cases. This commonly observed condition could be of mild, moderate, or sever nature. According to the intensity of the condition, it is uncomfortable, painful an annoying at times.
As a result of gastric upset, you may have to deal with watery diarrhoea, vomiting, chills, nausea, heartburn, abdominal bloating, cramps, and loose stools.
There are several causes behind the incidence of gastric upset. Some of the causes include:
- Reaction with medications or drugs
- Excessive drinking
- Gastrointestinal disease
- Motion sickness
- Allergic reaction
- Food positioning
You will find many drugs that can provide relief to this condition. You can also try out some natural way of resolving this condition at home. These home remedies have the ability to bring down the symptoms significantly.
These remedies are considered to be natural and effective. Some of them are mentioned below:
Bananas are considered to be an excellent remedy to gastric upset. It relieves indigestion along with loose stools. Bananas are also able to absorb extra amount of acids that the stomach contains. Bananas are quite rich in potassium along with pectin, which is helpful in solidifying the excreta.
In order to try this remedy at home, you will have to mash a rip banana completely and add some amount of buttermilk to it. Mix the two of them well and consume it two or three time for about a day or two.
If you want to try a different method, you can mash a banana and add tamarind to it. You can also add salt for some taste. Mix all of it together and consume it two or three times everyday till the condition improves.
You will be benefitted greatly with the help of rice tea in case of diarrhoea and upset stomach. In order to make rice tea, you will have to heat half cup of rice in some amount of water. After boiling it for about 15 minutes, you need to remove the rice from it. Add some flavour to the water with honey or sugar and consume it for relieving gastric upset.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has pectin, which is quite soothing for an irritated stomach. It can also be very helpful in reliving nausea. As apple cider vinegar is acidic, it can be very helpful against gastric upset. All you have to do is take some amount of apple cider vinegar and mix it with some water. You can also include honey in it for some taste and flavour. Drink it when you are done with your meals to get rid of the symptoms.
Cumin seeds are effective in combating the contraction of the smooth muscles in order to calm the stomach. It is also good for digestion.
Fennel seeds are great for getting rid of bloating and pain. All you have to do is chew a few fennel seeds or add some of it in a hot water cup. Strain the water and drink it a few times daily.