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Quick summary

Type of medicine

Over-the-counter antispasmodic

Works by

Relaxing smooth muscles in the gastrointestinal tract

Active Ingredient

Hyoscine Butylbromide (10mg)

Effective within

Typically provides relief within 15-30 minutes



Side effects

Dry mouth, blurred vision, constipation (rare)

Medication details


Buscopan Cramps Tablets are designed to provide relief from abdominal cramps and spasms. They belong to a class of medications known as antispasmodics. The active ingredient in Buscopan Cramps Tablets is hyoscine butylbromide.

Hyoscine butylbromide works by relaxing the smooth muscle in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, which includes the stomach and intestines. This relaxation can help relieve the tightness and discomfort associated with abdominal cramps, including those caused by irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).


Using Buscopan Cramps Tablets is straightforward, but it's important to follow the instructions carefully:
Dosage: The typical dosage for adults and children over 12 years old is one or two tablets up to four times a day. The tablets should be taken with a glass of water. Do not exceed the recommended dose.
Duration: Use Buscopan Cramps Tablets as needed to relieve abdominal cramps. If your symptoms persist or worsen, consult a healthcare professional.
Age Restrictions: These tablets are not recommended for children under 12 years old.
Swallow Whole: Swallow the tablets whole with water. Do not crush or chew them.
Avoid Alcohol: It's advisable to avoid consuming alcohol while using Buscopan Cramps Tablets, as it can potentially exacerbate abdominal symptoms.


Buscopan Cramps Tablets contain the following active ingredient:
Hyoscine Butylbromide (10mg): This antispasmodic agent relaxes the smooth muscle in the GI tract, providing relief from abdominal cramps and spasms.
The tablets also include several inactive ingredients, which can vary by manufacturer. It's essential to review the product packaging or consult a healthcare professional for a complete list of ingredients and potential allergens.

Side Effects

Buscopan Cramps Tablets are generally well-tolerated, but, like all medications, they can cause side effects in some individuals. Common side effects may include:
Dry Mouth: Some people may experience a dry mouth while taking Buscopan.
Blurred Vision: Blurred vision can occur, particularly at higher doses. If this happens, avoid activities that require clear vision, such as driving.
Constipation: In rare cases, these tablets may lead to constipation.
Allergic Reactions: Although uncommon, some individuals may have allergic reactions to the ingredients. If you experience symptoms such as rash, swelling, or difficulty breathing, seek immediate medical attention.
Interactions: Buscopan may interact with certain medications. Consult a healthcare professional before use if you are taking other drugs or have underlying medical conditions.


Before using Buscopan Cramps Tablets, consider the following important warnings:
Consult a Healthcare Professional: Always consult with a healthcare professional before using this medication, especially if you are pregnant, nursing, or have underlying medical conditions. They can provide personalized guidance and ensure the product is safe and appropriate for your situation.
Age Restrictions: These tablets are not suitable for children under 12 years old.
Driving and Machinery: Buscopan may cause drowsiness or blurred vision in some individuals. Avoid driving or operating heavy machinery if you experience these effects.
Alcohol: While there are no specific contraindications, it's advisable to avoid alcohol consumption, as it may exacerbate abdominal symptoms.
Constipation: If you experience severe constipation while using Buscopan, consult a healthcare professional for guidance.

Medically reviewed and published

  • This page was medically reviewed by Dr Sohaib Imtiaz, Clinical Lead on Oct 11, 2023, 9:42 am

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Are Buscopan Cramps Tablets the same as regular Buscopan?

Buscopan Cramps Tablets contain hyoscine butylbromide, which is the same active ingredient found in regular Buscopan. The difference lies in the formulation, as Buscopan Cramps Tablets are specifically designed for the relief of abdominal cramps and spasms. Regular Buscopan may come in different forms and is used for various purposes.

How quickly can I expect relief after taking Buscopan Cramps Tablets?

Buscopan Cramps Tablets typically provide relief within 15-30 minutes of ingestion. However, individual responses may vary. If you do not experience relief within a reasonable timeframe, consult a healthcare professional for further evaluation.

Can I take Buscopan Cramps Tablets with other medications?

It's advisable to consult a healthcare professional before using Buscopan Cramps Tablets if you are taking other medications, as there is a potential for drug interactions. They can provide guidance on the safety of combining Buscopan with other drugs.

How long can I use Buscopan Cramps Tablets continuously?

You can use Buscopan Cramps Tablets as needed to relieve abdominal cramps and spasms. However, if your symptoms persist or worsen over an extended period, it is important to consult a healthcare professional for further evaluation and guidance.

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