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Apercap Peppermint Oil Capsules

Apercap Peppermint Oil Capsules (84 tablets )

Order before 3pm for delivery from Sat. 07 Aug.

Product Information

  • Age: 18

    Maximum per order: N/A

  • Pregnancy: Not suitable

    Breastfeeding: Not suitable

Apercap Peppermint Oil Capsules are taken to relieve the  symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Each capsule is specially coated, which allows the medicine to pass through the stomach intact. This allows Apercap Capsules to reach the part of the gut where they are needed. From here, the peppermint oil is released, which has the effect of relaxing the muscle spasms in the bowel wall that cause IBS. This reduces the associated symptoms, which include:

  • Bloating
  • Bowel discomfort
  • Trapped wind
  • Pain

Food is moved through the digestive tract by muscle contractions in the bowel. These muscles will contract and then relax in a regular fashion, helping food to transit through the intestines. Conditions such as IBS cause the muscles in the bowel to contract too often, which can often become painful. Peppermint Oil acts as a smooth muscle relaxant. When absorbed into the bowel, it will cause the overacting muscles to relax and contract less frequently. This helps relieve the associated symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. 

It is recommended that peppermint oil capsules only be taken when required. The capsule should be taken when the symptoms start to flare-up. Continue to take them until the symptoms resolve. Once your IBS has settled down, stop taking the capsules (this is typically within 1-2 weeks).

Do not take any other indigestion remedy within two hours prior to and after taking a peppermint oil capsule. This is because indigestion remedies can interfere with peppermint oil capsules, preventing them from working as intended. If your symptoms get worse or if any new symptoms develop, make an appointment to visit your doctor for advice.

Drinking alcohol whilst taking Apercap can increase the chances of experiencing side effects. If this is the case, it is advised to avoid alcohol when taking peppermint oil capsules. 

Antispasmodics, like Apercap, don’t work for everyone. For some, alternatives antispasmodics may be more effective. If you are taking peppermint oil capsules without noticing an improvement in symptoms, it is worth trying an alternative treatment. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice about what alternatives are suitable for you.

*Prescription medicines are supplied subject to a medical consultation at the discretion of a doctor.

One or two capsules should be taken three times daily. If possible, take the dose approximately one hour before meals. Peppermint oil capsules should not be taken immediately after food.

Do not worry if you forget to take a dose. Simply take your next dose when it is due. Do not double-up your next dose to make up for a forgotten capsule.

Swallow each Apercap capsule whole with a drink of water. Do not chew peppermint oil capsules.

Not everyone will experience side effects from taking peppermint oil capsules. However, if side effects do occur they can include:

  • Allergic reaction
  • Slow heartbeat
  • Headache
  • Trembling
  • Unsteadiness
  • Itching around the anus
  • Skin rash
  • Blurred vision
  • Nausea & vomiting
  • Urine and stools that smell like menthol
  • Pain or discomfort when passing urine
  • Inflammation of part of the penis

If you are concerned about any of these side effects, or if Apercap affects you in any other way, stop using it and speak with your doctor or pharmacist.

The active ingredient in each Apercap Capsule is; Peppermint Oil 0.2ml


Apercap also contains several inactive ingredients that make up the complete product:

  • Gelatin glycerol
  • Titanium dioxide powder (E171)
  • Chlorophyllin copper complex sodium (E141)
  • Aqua polish
  • Propylene glycol
  • Purified water

Please read the following warnings carefully to ensure you choose a suitable product.

Do not take Apercap if any of the following apply:

  • You are allergic to any of the active or inactive ingredients contained in this medicine
  • You suffer from inflammation of the bile duct
  • You suffer from gallstones or any other bile related disorder.
  • You suffer from achlorhydria

If any of the following apply, speak with your doctor or pharmacist prior to taking Apercap:

  • This is your first instance of suffering from the symptoms of IBS (bloating, trapped wind, bowel discomfort, and pain)
  • You are over 40 years old and haven’t suffered these problems recently
  • Your symptoms have changed compared with previous bouts of IBS
  • You feel sick or you have been sick
  • You feel feverish and have a temperature
  • You are experiencing severe constipation
  • You suffer from heartburn
  • You suffer from a hiatal hernia
  • You experience pain or discomfort when passing urine
  • You have experienced an unexplained loss of appetite
  • You have experienced unexplained weight loss
  • You are passing blood from your anus
  • You are experiencing unusual vaginal bleeding or discharge
  • You have recently traveled abroad

Apercap should not be taken at the same time as:

  • Indigestion remedies
  • Medicines for stomach or intestinal ulcers
  • Medicines used to treat acid reflux (histamine-2 blockers and proton pump inhibitors)

Please take the time to read the product packaging and the patient information leaflet prior to use. Always inform your doctor of medicines you are taking or intend to take.


Delivery & Shipping Information

Please note that due to the current situation with COVID-19, Royal Mail are experiencing some delays. This may mean that your order takes longer to arrive than you would normally expect. We are working hard to ensure that, where possible, all orders placed before 15:00 are still dispatched the same working day.


UK Orders

We offer FREE standard tracked delivery on orders over £40.

The following delivery options are available:

  • Standard Tracked Delivery - 2 - 3 day delivery - £2.95
  • Express Tracked Delivery - 1 - 2 day delivery - £4.45
  • DPD Next Day - 1 - 2 working days - £6.95
  • Special Delivery (Guaranteed before 21:00) - £8.95
  • Saturday Guaranteed before 21:00 - £10.45

Important Delivery Information

All our orders are sent out using Royal Mail (unless stated). We always aim to dispatch all Royal Mail & DPD orders received before 15:00 the same working day. Any orders received after 15:00 or over the weekend will be dispatched the next working day. Orders will not be dispatched on weekends or bank holidays.

All orders are subject to approval by our team of doctors and pharmacists. Your delivery date in the checkout is subject to your consultation being approved by our healthcare team.

All orders can be fully tracked from your dispatch email, in your online account and from any notifications from your courier.

We ensure all parcels are in plain packaging for discreet delivery of your medicines and pharmacy goods. Where possible, we will attempt to size all parcels to fit through your letterbox in tamper-proof packaging. By placing an order on our website, you confirm that it is safe and appropriate for a package containing medicines to be posted through your letterbox, if the carrier is able to do so. You should notify our customer support team if it is not safe for the package to be posted through the letterbox, for example due to animals or small children.

Deliveries containing pharmacy-only or prescription medicines may require a signature on receipt. 

Delivery is free for all NHS prescriptions.


Royal Mail


  • Fully tracked delivery
  • SMS & email notifications
  • Four-hour delivery window
  • Change delivery date directly with Royal Mail
  • Update delivery location - add a Safeplace, preferred neighbour, or update your delivery location to a local Post Office or Royal Mail Customer Service Point.

Royal Mail are the most widely recognised mail delivery company in the UK. Being on the UK’s 29 million doorsteps six days a week means they offer unparalleled price and convenience. The Independent Pharmacy uses Royal Mail’s Tracked 48, Tracked 24, and Special Delivery Guaranteed parcel services to offer reliable, fully-tracked delivery at very competitive prices. Your Royal Mail parcel will arrive with your normal daily delivery of post.

Please note: Royal Mail do not deliver on Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

If you are not home to accept your delivery, a card should be left by the Royal Mail representative. This card will provide details of where you can collect the order or how to arrange re-delivery.

Should you be unable to collect your missed delivery or arrange for your medication to be redelivered by Royal Mail, the pharmacy can resend your medication to the same, or a different address provided it has been returned to us and this happens within a 30 day window.

Once a package has been shipped with Royal Mail we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.




  • Fully tracked delivery
  • SMS & email notifications
  • One-hour delivery window
  • Change delivery date directly with DPD
  • Update delivery location - add a Safeplace, preferred neighbour, or update your delivery location to a local collection point.

DPD Local is the most innovative parcel carrier around. Thanks to their industry-leading Predict service, they provide parcel recipients with a one hour delivery window, notified by email, so you don't have to wait in all day. What's more, it enables receivers to watch the progress of their delivery on a real-time map, all the way down to a final 15 minute time-slot. 

As well as keeping customers informed at every stage of the journey, DPD believe in maximising choice and convenience. That's why DPD provide access to a suite of options both on the day of delivery and the night before, allowing customers to take delivery of their goods in a way that suits. If you wish to reschedule, you can:

  • Select an alternative delivery date
  • Opt for delivery to a nominated neighbour
  • Have the parcel left in a specified safe place
  • Collect the parcel from your local DPD Pickup Shop
  • Upgrade delivery to By 12

Please note: DPD do not deliver on Saturdays, Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

Once a package has been shipped with DPD we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.


Forwarding houses

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.


BFPO Postcodes

Unfortunately we are unable to deliver medicines to BFPO postcodes.


Remote Areas

Please be aware that Royal Mail Guaranteed services are not available to all customers in the UK, especially those that live in remote postcodes. Royal Mail advise customers of the following:

We deliver by 17:30 the next working day in the following postcode areas:
AB30 - 39, 41 - 45, 51 - 56
GY9 Alderney (Channel Islands)
HS1, 3 - 9
IV21 - 28, 40 - 49, 51 - 56
KA27, 28
KW1 - 3, 5 - 15
KW16 Stromness Town only
PA20 (0&9)
PA28 - 38, 41 - 49, 76, 77
PH15, 17 - 26, 31 - 40, 49, 50


We deliver within two working days by 17:30 to the following postcodes areas:
GY1 Herm (Channel Islands)
GY9 Sark (Channel Islands)
PA60 - 75, 78
ZE2, 3


We deliver within three working days by 17:30 to the following postcode areas:
KW16 - non-Town
PH30, 41 - 44


Please note: This applies to our 'Special Delivery' and 'Saturday Guaranteed' services.


International Orders

We are currently unable to ship orders outside of the UK.

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.

Need to know more about IBS?

Visit our advice area or contact our support team

Apercap Peppermint Oil Capsules Reviews

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Published on: 15-09-2016

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Reviewed on: 15-09-2020

Next review date: 15-09-2022

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