December 22, 2014
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Buscopan

(hyoscine)

DIN (Drug Identification Number)

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

What side effects are possible with Buscopan?

Many medications can cause side effects. A side effect is an unwanted response to a medication when it is taken in normal doses. Side effects can be mild or severe, temporary or permanent.

The side effects listed below are not experienced by everyone who uses this medication. If you are concerned about side effects, discuss the risks and benefits of this medication with your doctor.

The following side effects have been reported by at least 1% of people using this medication. Many of these side effects can be managed, and some may go away on their own over time.

Contact your doctor if you experience these side effects and they are severe or bothersome. Your pharmacist may be able to advise you on managing side effects.

  • blurred vision that is temporary
  • constipation
  • decreased ability to sweat
  • diarrhea
  • difficulty urinating
  • dizziness
  • dry mouth
  • fast heartbeat
  • flushing
  • nausea

Although most of the side effects listed below don't happen very often, they could lead to serious problems if you do not seek medical attention.

Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:

  • skin rash and itching
  • vision changes

Stop using the medication and seek immediate medical attention if any of the following occur:

  • painful red eye with loss of vision
  • symptoms of a severe allergic reaction (e.g., hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of the face, mouth, tongue, or throat)

Some people may experience side effects other than those listed. Check with your doctor if you notice any symptom that worries you while you are using this medication.





Are there any other precautions or warnings for Buscopan?

Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use this medication.

Difficulty urinating: This medication may make it more difficult for you to urinate. If you have an enlarged prostate, urinary retention or difficulty urinating, discuss with your doctor how this medication may affect your medical condition, how your medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of this medication, and whether any special monitoring is needed.

Fructose intolerance: Fructose intolerance is a rare condition in which fructose (a type of sugar) is not broken down by the body. One sugar-coated tablet of 10 mg contains 41.2 mg sucrose, which can result in 411.8 mg sucrose per day if the maximum recommended daily dose of hyoscine is needed. You should not use this medication if you have fructose intolerance.

Heart problems: This medication can increase your heart rate. If you have tachycardia (a fast heart rate), heart disease, an abnormal heart rhythm, heart failure, or mitral stenosis (a heart valve problem), discuss with your doctor how this medication may affect your medical condition, how your medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of this medication, and whether any special monitoring is needed.

Stomach and intestinal problems: If you have reflux esophagitis, a medical condition that narrow or blocks the intestines (e.g., achalasia, pyloroduodenal stenosis), or ulcerative colitis, discuss with your doctor how this medication may affect your medical condition, how your medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of this medication, and whether any special monitoring is needed.

Vision problems: This medication may affect your vision. Do not drive or operate machinery until any vision problems have resolved. If you receive this medication during a diagnostic procedure, you should arrange for someone to drive you home from the hospital or clinic after your procedure.

If you have glaucoma or are at risk for glaucoma, discuss with your doctor how this medication may affect your medical condition, how your medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of this medication, and whether any special monitoring is needed.

Get immediate medical attention if you experience a painful red eye with loss of vision.

Pregnancy: This medication should not be used during pregnancy unless the benefits outweigh the risks. If you become pregnant while using this medication, contact your doctor immediately.

Breast-feeding: It is not known if hyoscine passes into breast milk. If you are a breast-feeding mother and are using this medication, it may affect your baby. Talk to your doctor about whether you should continue breast-feeding.

Children: The safety and effectiveness of using this medication have not been established for children.

Seniors: Seniors are more sensitive to the side effects of this medication, especially constipation, dry mouth, and difficulty urinating. If you experience any of these side effects and they continue or are severe, contact your doctor.

What other drugs could interact with Buscopan?

There may be an interaction between hyoscine and any of the following:

  • amantadine
  • antacids
  • anticholinergics (e.g., scopolamine, atropine)
  • antihistamines (e.g., diphenhydramine, chlorpheniramine)
  • beta-agonists (e.g., epinephrine, norepinephrine, dopamine)
  • disopyramide
  • droperidol
  • MAO inhibitors (e.g., phenelzine, tranylcypromine)
  • methotrimeprazine
  • metoclopramide
  • potassium chloride
  • quinidine
  • tricyclic antidepressants (e.g., amitriptyline, desipramine, nortriptyline)

If you are taking any of these medications, speak with your doctor or pharmacist. Depending on your specific circumstances, your doctor may want you to:

  • stop taking one of the medications,
  • change one of the medications to another,
  • change how you are taking one or both of the medications, or
  • leave everything as is.

An interaction between two medications does not always mean that you must stop taking one of them. Speak to your doctor about how any drug interactions are being managed or should be managed.

Medications other than those listed above may interact with this medication. Tell your doctor or prescriber about all prescription, over-the-counter (non-prescription), and herbal medications you are taking. Also tell them about any supplements you take. Since caffeine, alcohol, the nicotine from cigarettes, or street drugs can affect the action of many medications, you should let your prescriber know if you use them.

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