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Buscopan IBS Relief Tablets

Buscopan IBS Relief Tablets (20 tablets)

Order before 3pm for delivery from Tue. 22 Jun and Wed. 23 Jun.

Product Information

  • Age: 12 years +

    Maximum per order: 3

  • Pregnancy: Not suitable

    Breastfeeding: Not suitable

Buscopan IBS Relief Tablets are part of a drug family known as antispasmodics. Buscopan Tablets help relieve the pain of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). 

Buscopan targets the pain of IBS, helping to relax the bowel muscles. This helps to stop your muscle spasms and decrease your discomfort.


What Is IBS?

IBS is a condition that affects your digestive system, causing painful and irritable symptoms: 

  • Bloating
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhoea
  • Stomach cramps

Suffering from IBS makes the muscles of your bowels sensitive to food, anxiety, and stress. It is common to suffer from IBS and there is currently no cure for it. 

You can find more information about IBS at the official NHS Irritable Bowel Syndrome page.

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

Directions For Use

Buscopan dosage:

Each tablet should be swallowed whole with a glass of water. You must not chew your tablet. 

You can find the full directions for use in this leaflet. Please read it before you take your Buscopan Tablets. 


Not everyone will experience side effects when they take Buscopan IBS relief, however if you do they can include:

Uncommon (affects fewer than 1 in 100 people)

Dry mouth, Dyshidrosis (outbreaks of sweat and dryness of the skin)

If you are concerned about these effects, or if the product affects you in any other way, stop using it and talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

The active ingredients contained in Buscopan IBS relief is:

Hyoscine butylbromide

Buscopan IBS relief tablets also contains the following inactive ingredients to make up the complete product:

Calcium hydrogen phosphate, maize starch, soluble starch, colloidal silica, tartaric acid, stearic acid, sucrose, talc, acacia, titanium dioxide, macrogol 6000, carnauba wax, white beeswax and povidone.

You Should Not Take Buscopan Tablets If:

  • You are allergic to any of the ingredients of Buscopan IBS relief.
  • You are intolerant or cannot digest some sugars (as the tablet coating contains a small amount of sucrose)
  • You have glaucoma (an eye problem)
  • You have megacolon (a very enlarged bowel)
  • You have something called ‘myasthenia gravis’ (a very rare muscle weakness problem)
  • If you are pregnant, likely to get pregnant, or are breast feeding.


Be Careful When Taking Buscopan Tablets If:

  • You are 40 years or over and it is some time since your last attack of IBS or the symptoms are different this time.
  • You have recently passed blood from the bowel
  • You have severe constipation
  • You are feeling sick or vomiting
  • You have lost your appetite or lost weight
  • You have difficulty or pain passing water (urine)
  • You have a fever
  • You have recently travelled abroad (in case you have picked up a stomach bug)
  • You have a very fast heart rate or other heart problems
  • You have been treated by a Doctor for a severe sweating problem.


Speak To Your Doctor If You Experience:

  • Fever
  • Feeling sick
  • Being sick
  • Changes in your bowel movements
  • Abdominal tenderness
  • Low blood pressure
  • Feeling faint
  • Blood in your bowel movements.

You should also speak to your doctor prior to taking Buscopan, if you have an underlying medical condition. 


Inform Your Doctor If You Are Taking These Medicines:

  • Antihistamines- Taken for hay fever
  • Tetracyclic or tricyclic medicines - used to treat depression and some types of pain
  • Antipsychotic medicines – used to treat severe mental illness
  • Dopamine antagonists such as metoclopramide for feeling sick
  • Beta 2 adrenergic medicines - such as inhalers for asthma.
  • Quinidine or disopyramide – used to control your heart beat
  • Amantadine – used for Parkinson's disease and flu
  • Anticholinergic medicines  – usually inhaled to treat breathing problems.

Please read all packaging and the Product Information Leaflet before taking any new medicine and 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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are Buscopan IBS Relief tablets used for?

    Buscopan IBS Relief tablets are used to relieve any cramps and spasms occurring due to diagnosed cases of IBS.

  • How do Buscopan IBS Relief tablets target IBS symptoms?

    Buscopan IBS Relief target IBS symptoms because they contain an active ingredient known as hyoscine butylbromide.  Hyoscine is able to target your pain by helping to relax muscles around the stomach and intestinal walls. The muscles surrounding the stomach and intestines will contract and relax naturally, but IBS causes them to spasm uncontrollably. The contractions which can lead to cramping are caused by a natural neurotransmitter known as acetylcholine.

    Bear in mind that these contractions are involuntary and not under our control, when they are working properly we cannot feel them. If they spasm, however, you will become aware of their presence immediately. Hyoscine works by blocking the body’s acetylcoline receptors, preventing the smooth muscles’ spasms.

  • How many Buscopan IBS Relief tablets should I take?

    Any who is over the age of 12 should begin by taking one tablet three times per day. Depending on the effect this has on you, you can increase the dosage to a maximum of two tablets four times a day but only if necessary.

  • How do I take Buscopan IBS Relief tablets?

    As with many other pills, Buscopan IBS Relief tablets need to be completely swallowed with a glass of water. If you miss your dose, make sure not to take extra in order to make up for it. The best thing to do is to take a dose immediately, or, if your next dose is near, you can wait for that one.

    It is important to remember that this treatment should not be used for a prolonged time period without consulting with your doctor. If, after 14 days, your symptoms have not improved, or if your condition worsens, contact your doctor immediately.

  • How will I know if Buscopan IBS Relief is the right drug for me?

    You should only take Buscopan IBS Relief if you have been diagnosed with IBS by your doctor. Even if you have been diagnosed, you should still consult with your doctor if:

    • You are over 40 years of age and your IBS symptoms are different than usual.
    • You have experienced bleeding or passed blood when using the toilet.
    • You suffer from constipation, vomiting or have trouble urinating.
    • You have lost your appetite or have a fever.
    • You look paler than usual or more tired.
    • You have recently been in a different country.
  • Can I drive after taking Buscopan IBS Relief?

    One side effect of Buscopan IBS Relief is that it can cause blurred vision and this may impact upon your ability to drive or operate any kind of machinery in a safe manner. If this side effect affects you then it is better to not drive.

  • At what point should I visit my doctor?

    During you treatment period using Buscopan, you should contact your doctor as soon as possible if you condition gets worse, or if you have an increase of symptoms such as nausea, high temperature, vomiting, fainting, and bloody stools.

    You should also contact your doctor immediately if you experience red or painful eyes, headaches, vision loss, or experience haloes surrounding lights. These rare symptoms may be the result of an increased pressure inside of your eyeball and should be looked at by your doctor urgently.

  • Will taking Buscopan IBS Relief interfere with any of my other medications?

    Buscopan can increase the risk of antimuscarinic side effects including but not limited to: blurred vision, dry mouth, constipation, difficulty passing urine, and even confusion.

    If Buscopan is taken with other antimuscarinic medications such as:

    • amantadine
    • antihistamines, eg promethazine, brompheniramine, chlorphenamine,diphenhydramine, triprolidine
    • antimuscarinic medicines for Parkinson's symptoms, eg procyclidine,orphenadrine, trihexiphenidyl
    • antimuscarinic medicines for urinary incontinence, eg oxybutynin, trospium,tolterodine
    • antipsychotics, eg chlorpromazine, clozapine, thioridazine
    • antisickness medicines, eg meclozine, cyclizine, hyoscine hydrobromide
    • codeine
    • disopyramide
    • nefopam
    • other antispasmodics, eg atropine, propantheline, dicycloverine
    • tricyclic antidepressants, eg amitriptyline, clomipramine.

    Buscopan IBS tablets should not be taken alongside domperidone or metoclopramide as these different medicines may cancel each other out. Hyocin works by decreasing the guts motility; however both domperidone and metoclopramide will increase the guts motility.

    Drugs that are meant to be placed underneath the tongue, such as sublingual glyceryl trinitrate tablets, may be less effective if dry mouth is one of your symptoms. These kinds of tablets will not dissolve properly in a dry mouth and will lose their effectiveness. This can be resolved by having a drink before taking the tablets, in order to allow them to dissolve underneath the tongue.

  • How long should I take Buscopan IBS Relief tablets for?

    You should take Buscopan for as long as your doctor tells you to, however if your cramps worsen see your doctor immediately.

  • What are the potential causes of stomach cramps and muscle spasms?

    There are many common causes of stomach cramps and muscles spasms including:

    • spicy or highly seasoned foods can cause abdominal pain.
    • acid from citrus, caffeine and alcohol can also cause discomfort.
    • stress, anxiety, and not eating properly can lead to nervousness.
    • a drastic change from your normal life, such as going to a foreign country, can upset your digestive tract

    Because the body is so extensive, with many important organs, symptoms are often hard to pinpoint as they can be caused by many different factors. Usually though, stomach cramps, constipation, and diarrhoea can be dramatically improved by Buscopan.


  • At what point should I seek medical help for my abdominal cramps?

    If your pains continue for more than a few days, or if your condition worsens then you should seek out your doctor for advice. If you have a fever or bloody stools then contact your doctor immediately.

  • Are abdominal cramps and pain different to IBS?

    IBS sufferers will have abdominal pain, but will also have symptoms like diarrhoea, constipation, or flatulence.

  • Can IBS get better as I get older?

    People from all age groups can be affected by OBS, but older sufferers usually have less severe symptoms. It is still not completely understood why this is, but one hypothesis is that it has something to do with leading a less stressful lifestyle.

    Medical professionals are still unsure as to the exact cause of IBS, however they have outlined a comprehensive list of its associated symptoms. In order to be diagnosed with IBS you must have suffered from abdominal pain or bowel discomfort for 3 month. Doctors must also have ruled out other explanations for your symptoms, such as diseases and allergies.

    IBS can also cause sufferers mental distress as the constant negative experience of pain can affect overall mood. Diarrhoea, bloating, and vomiting can adversely affect a sufferers self-confidence, and prevent them from going about their normal life. Sufferers might also experience severe tension headaches as well as general fatigue and tiredness.

  • What are the criteria for irritable bowel syndrome?

    Do not self-diagnose. Only a medical professional will be able to provide you with a correct diagnosis. You can use the below questionnaire to help diagnose your symptoms. The more questions that you answer with a “yes”, the more chance you will have that your doctor will diagnose you with IBS.


    Have you experienced any of the following in your bowel movements?

    • Cramps
    • Abdominal spasms
    • Stomach swelling
    • Mucus

    Has the frequency of your bowel movements changed?

    Has the consistency of your stools changed?

    After having a bowel movement, are your symptoms relieved?

    Has this been affecting you for the last three months?

    Does your condition worsen when in stressful situations?

    Have you previously had any other digestive tract tests that could possibly have caused the symptoms?


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Chris Newbury

BPharm IP

Published on: 20-09-2016

Last modified on: 20-09-2018

Chris is a vastly experienced clinical pharmacist and has been registered as an Independent Prescriber since 2014.

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Dr Donald Grant

MB ChB DRCOG MRCGP Dip.orth.med

Reviewed on: 20-09-2020

Next review date: 20-09-2022

Dr Don Grant is a GP with over 30 years experience and is the Clinical Advisor at The Independent Pharmacy

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