If you struggle with painful abdominal cramps and discomfort trust Buscopan® for targeted effective relief. Buscopan® is an antispasmodic that is gentle* and offers a dual benefit – it relaxes the tight muscles to relieve the pain. Buscopan® is available behind the pharmacist’s counter without a prescription. Ask your pharmacist.
Dosage and how to use
One to two tablets, up to a maximum of 6 tablets per day. Swollow whole with a glass of water. Do not crush or chew.
Each tablet contains: 10 mg hyoscine butylbromide
Buscopan® is a clinically proven and effective antispasmodic medication which specifically relieves abdominal cramps, pain and discomfort in the stomach and gut (intestines and bowel).
For almost 70 years, nature has been the point of origin for hyoscine, the active ingredient in Buscopan®. This ingredient is obtained from the chemical processing of a plant called Duboisia, a large shrub that grows in Australia and South America, whose seeds are then grown in greenhouses. Hyoscine has been considered one of the most reliable treatments for relieving abdominal cramps.
Mode of action
How does it work?
Abdominal cramps are caused by sudden, strong tightening of the smooth muscles in the gut. Once you take Buscopan®, its active ingredient hyoscine butylbromide, directly targets these muscles with an antispasmodic effect, relaxing contractions and relieving cramps that cause you pain.
Frequently asked questions
Abdominal cramps are caused by sudden, strong tightening of the smooth muscles in the gut. Buscopan® is an antispasmodic medication that offers targeted relief of abdominal cramps, pain and discomfort in the stomach and gut (intestines and bowel) by relaxing the tight muscles – it acts where the pain develops, in the abdomen.
Adults: Take Buscopan at the first sign of abdominal pain. Take 1 to 2 tablets by swallowing tablets whole with a glass of water at first signs of pain. Do not take more than 6 tablets per day. In prolonged illness, your doctor may recommend taking one tablet 3 to 5 times a day. Do not take more than directed. In case a dose has been missed, take the next dose as scheduled. Do not double the dose. Always read and follow the label.
Buscopan® should not be taken on a continuous daily basis or for extended periods without investigating the cause of abdominal pain.
You should not use Buscopan® if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Talk to your healthcare professional.
Buscopan® can be taken at the first sign of abdominal cramp, pain and discomfort.
If you are taking antacids or adsorbent anti-diarrheals, your healthcare professional may tell you to take them at least 1 hour before taking Buscopan.
Buscopan® is available behind the pharmacist’s counter without a prescription. Just ask your pharmacist or speak to your doctor for more information.
Buscopan’s active ingredient is sourced from the Duboisia plant.
Medicinal ingredient: Hyoscine butylbromide
Non-Medicinal ingredients: acacia, anhydrous dibasic calcium phosphate, carnauba wax, colloidal silicon dioxide, corn starch, modified starch, polyethylene glycol 6000, povidone, stearic acid, sucrose, talc, tartaric acid, titanium dioxide, and white wax.
Consumers: If you want more information about Buscopan®, talk to your healthcare professional or contact Sanofi Medical Information at 1-800-636-3664.
Healthcare Professionals: Find the full Prescribing Information that is prepared for healthcare professionals by visiting the Health Canada website* or by contacting Sanofi Consumer Healthcare Inc., by visiting www.sanofi.ca or by calling 1-800-636-3664.
*By clicking on that link, you are consenting to leave the Buscopan® website and to be redirected to a website that is not under the control of Sanofi Canada
Lacy B, Wang F, Bhowal S, Schaefer E. [Internet] On-demand hyoscine butylbromide for the treatment of self-reported functional cramping abdominal pain. Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology. 2013 [Quoted June 11, 2020]; 48: 926-935
Sanofi Consumer Healthcare Inc. (2021). Prescribing information and patient medication information
Nicholas Hall Europe Ltd. (2021, April 22nd). Buscopan Claim Letter
Taxonomy. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.flora.sa.gov.au/efsa/lucid/Solanaceae/Solanaceae species/key/Australian Solanaceae species/Media/Html/Duboisia.htm
*Buscopan® is a substance that blocks the effect of acetylcholine (neurotransmitter). Side affects are generally mild and limited.