The active component of the Buscopan tablets is hyoscine(hyoscine-N-butyl-bromide), known to have antispasmodic properties. It meansthat the tablets can be used to treat stomach cramps and spasms. Buscopan is not a pain medication, it doesn’t prevent thepain, but treat the reasons behind the pain. It relaxes the muscles in thestomach, intestines, urinary and reproductive tract, because the spasm of thosethe muscles is what’s causes the pain.
Some of the patients using Buscopan may experience certainside effects of the medication. The common side effects include: dry mouth,blurred vision, urinary retention, tachycardia (the heart is beating fasterthan normal) and constipation. Sometimes patients are not sweating normally ormay have a skin reaction to Buscopan.
Before the start of the treatment with Buscopan consult your doctoror pharmacist and report any other drugs you have been using (OTC, prescribedor herbal remedy).
The risk of dry mouth, blurred vision, urine retention andconstipation is increased if Buscopan is used with other antispasmodic medicines,antihistamines (sometimes OTC or herbal remedies for cough and cold may containthese) and anti-nausea drugs. Medications for Parkinson’s, urinary incontinence(inability to control the bladder), antiarrhytmics, antidepressants andatipsyhotics, amantidine and muscle relaxants also tend to increase the risk ofbuscopan side effects.
Buscopan shouldn’t be used with domperidone ormetoclopramide, because these medications won’t work at all, when combined.
Dry mouth as the side effect of Buscopan may affect the useof glyceryl trinitrate (GTN). This drug should be used sublingually (placed underthe tongue) and due to less fluid in the mouth it became less dissolved andless effective too. So, if you are using GTN and Buscopan take a sip of waterand then use the sublingual tablet.
Be aware that the use of Buscopan may affect your vision andability to operate some machinery or drive. If you are experiencing blurred visionit is recommended not to drive.
Redness or pain in the eye, with headache, blurred vision,loss of sight and seeing haloes around lights are the reasons to check your eyeat the doctors’.
Caution is necessary when using Buscopan in elderly people, especiallyin older men with enlarged prostate, patients with existing tachycardia, heartproblems, overproduction of the thyroid gland, in case of fever and in peoplewith the history of intestinal blockage.
Buscopan should not be used if the patient is suffering frommyasthenia gravis (the condition of abnormal weakness of the muscles),megacolon, closed angle glaucoma, hereditary blood problems or fructose orsucrose intolerance. It is not recommended to use Buscopan tablets in childrenyounger than 6 years. If you are allergic to ingredients of Buscopan you shouldn’tbe using these tablets.