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Alverine Citrate 60mg Information
Alverine Citrate 60 mg Tablets offer effective relief from painful episodes of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Helping to prevent the spasming and cramping of the bowels to support regularity leavin you feeling more comfortable.
Alverine is available from The Independent Pharmacy to purchase online once you have completed a short health consultation to help us ensure this is the best treatment for you. In just a few simple steps get your IBS treatment delivered directly to you.
Alverine Citrate 60mg Capsules information
What is Alverine and what is it used for?
Alverine is a smooth muscle relaxant that can be used for intestinal disorders like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). As an antispasmodic treatment, Alverine is effective at relaxing the muscles surrounding your intestines and uterus — reducing stomach cramping (a common symptom of irritable bowel syndrome).
Alverine is available from The Independent Pharmacy for adults and children over the age of 12 years to be taken 1 - 3 times a day. Each box contains 100 tablets and is manufactured in the UK by Dr Reddy's Laboratories.
What is IBS?
IBS is a common intestinal condition that causes your abdominal muscles to spasm when food passes through. With IBS, the usual functioning of the gut muscle is lost and can lead to painful intestinal symptoms such as intense bloating, diarrhoea, and constipation. IBS can be a very distressing disease to have that disrupts your quality of life and makes everyday things like eating and going to the toilet painful.
Common IBS Symptoms are:
- Intestinal pain
- Stomach pain
- Consistent diarrhoea, needing to go to the loo suddenly
- Periods of constipation
- Increased wind and flatulence.
Alverine can also be used to treat the diverticular disease of the colon, relieving the symptoms of the painful intestinal condition. This condition causes small pouches to form within the colon wall due to a weakness of muscle layers surrounding the colon. These pouches can become inflamed and painful if particles of food become trapped within the gastrointestinal tract.
Treating IBS & colon diseases with Alverine citrate
Smooth muscles are muscles in our body that we cannot voluntarily control like the ones in our gut and intestines. Alverine citrate (the active ingredient) is a smooth muscle relaxant that relaxes the gut muscles that are spasming out of control, relieving painful symptoms and helping you regain control of your gut.
Non-medicinal alternatives to Alverine
As well as IBS treatments, try some of the following measures to help relieve symptoms:
- Try to manage stress levels
- Don’t rush meals
- Eat a balanced diet with plenty of high fibre foods and leafy greens
- Try to keep a food journal tracking your symptoms, and avoid the ones that make your IBS worse.
For more treatment information please take a look at our Advice for IBS page.
Before using Alverine capsules for the first time it is important to read the following warnings carefully to make sure you are making a fully informed decision.
Alverine capsules should not be used if you are allergic to any of the ingredients. They should also be avoided if you have been told by a medical professional that you have an obstruction within the gut or a malfunctioning small bowel.
Alverine might not be the right treatment for you if any of the following apply:
• You are aged 40 years or over
• You have passed blood in your stools
• You are feeling sick or vomiting
• You have lost your appetite or lost weight
• You are suffering from severe constipation
• You are looking pale and feeling tired
• You have abnormal vaginal bleeding or discharge
• You have a fever
• You have difficulty or pain passing urine
• You have recently travelled abroad
Always read all available packaging and Patient Information Leaflet before using any new medication and if you have any concerns, consult your doctor.
For adults and children over the age of 12 years: Take 1 - 2 Alverine capsules up to three times a day for a maximum of 2 weeks. Swallow with a glass of water.
If your symptoms have not improved after 2 weeks you should speak to a doctor for advice.
The active ingredient contained in Alverine capsules is: Alverine citrate 60mg
The inactive ingredients contained in Alverine capsules are: Pregelatinised starch, Magnesium stearate, Gelatin, Titanium dioxide (E171).
Alverine side effects
Side effects are uncommon when using Alverine, however, there is a small chance that you may encounter any of the following:
- Feelings of sickness
- Allergic reactions (itching or rashes)
If you have any further concerns or experience any side effects not listed above, cease usage and consult with your doctor immediately.
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Alverine Citrate 60mg Capsules FAQs
Alverine citrate is used for treating IBS, but it can also be used for treating intense period pain and diverticular disease of the colon. It’s a capsule that you take three times a day on a regular basis to help control involuntary muscle spasms.
A feeling of nausea or dizziness, headaches, and minor allergic reactions are possible side effects; but they are not necessarily that common.
It depends on the individual. You should speak to a doctor if you feel no improvements within a few weeks, or your symptoms seem to be getting worse.
Yes, if your doctor prescribes it to you.
There are two dosages: 60mg and Alverine Forte at 120mg. Forte tends to be prescribed by the doctor if the 60mg capsules taken a few times a day have had no effect.
Yes, in moderation.
Speak to your doctor first before taking Alverine while pregnant or breastfeeding.
It’s safe to take alverine citrate alongside other popular IBS medicines. You can continue to take medicines like Buscopan, Ibuprofen, Paracetamol, Fybogel, and Pepto Bismol while on Alverine, but always discuss with with your doctor first.
Alverine tends to be well-reviewed, but it can take a while for people to find the ideal IBS treatment for them. It’s important to consider how lifestyle changes may improve your condition, as tablets can help relieve symptoms, but not ‘cure’ the condition. Speak to a doctor to see what treatment they would recommend for you individually.
For IBS relief, small packs of Buscopan IBS and Buscopan Cramps can be bought over the counter — it’s also an antispasmodic. You may also want to try natural remedies like peppermint oil. Fybogel Mebeverine may also help. Remember that persistent symptoms should always be checked by a doctor. IBS should be diagnosed to check symptoms are not caused by other conditions.
Alverine isn't normally used for period cramps although some doctors may prescribe it. Speak to your GP to find the best treatment for you.
No, it’s a prescription-only IBS treatment. It can be purchased online using our Online Doctor service without the need for a prescription from your GP.