April 20, 2014
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Buscopan

(hyoscine)

DIN (Drug Identification Number)

00363812 BUSCOPAN TAB 10MG
00363839 BUSCOPAN INJ 20MG/ML

How does Buscopan work? What will it do for me?

Other medications like this

Hyoscine belongs to the group of medications called antispasmodics. Hyoscine is used to relieve smooth muscle spasms (cramps) in the stomach and intestines and in the bladder and urethra. Hyoscine reduces spasms by relaxing smooth muscles within the stomach, intestines, bladder and urethra. The injection form is used to relieve these same types of muscles spasms that might occur during diagnostic procedures.

Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are using this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop using this medication without consulting your doctor.

Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to use this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.

How should I use Buscopan?

The usual dose of hyoscine tablets is 1 or 2 10 mg tablets per day. If you need to take this medication regularly, the usual dose is 1 tablet 3 to 5 times a day. The maximum dose is 6 tablets per day.

For the injection, the usual dose is 10 mg to 20 mg given by intramuscular (into a muscle), intravenous (into a vein), or subcutaneous (under the skin) injection. The maximum daily dose is 100 mg.

Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are using the medication without consulting your doctor.

Swallow the tablets whole with a glass of water. Do not crush or chew the tablets.

It is important to use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not use a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.

Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.





What form(s) does Buscopan come in?

Tablets
Each round, white, sugar-coated tablet contains hyoscine butylbromide 10 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: acacia, carnauba wax, castor oil, lactose, magnesium stearate, maize starch, polyethylene glycol, shellac, sucrose, talc, tartaric acid, titanium dioxide, and white wax.

Injection
Each mL contains hyoscine butylbromide 20 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: sodium chloride and water for injection.

Who should NOT take Buscopan?

Do not use this medication if you:

  • are allergic to hyoscine or any ingredients of this medication
  • are allergic to other atropinics (e.g., atropine, scopolamine)
  • have myasthenia gravis, megacolon (enlarged colon), glaucoma, or obstructive prostatic hypertrophy (enlarged or blocked prostate)

In addition, do not use the injection form of this medication if you:

  • are receiving this medication as an intramuscular injection and are taking a blood thinner medication (e.g., warfarin, heparin)
  • have narrowing of the gastrointestinal tract, a fast heartbeat, angina, or heart failure

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