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Mebeverine is used to treat the symptoms such as abdominal pain and cramps, flatulence, persistent, nonspecific diarrhea, etc. associated with irritable bowel syndrome. It is not recommended for use in patients less than 18 years of age.

What is mebeverine used for?

Mebeverine is used to relieve the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and related intestinal disorders caused by spasms in the intestinal muscles. These include chronic irritable colon, spastic constipation, mucous colitis and spastic colitis.

Mebeverine is licensed for use in adults and children over 10 years of age. (The tablets and liquid are not licensed for use in children under 10, and the modified-release capsules are not licensed for use in children under 18.) However, specialists do sometimes prescribe mebeverine for intestinal spasms in younger children. Your doctor or pharmacist can give you more information about this.

You can buy mebeverine without a prescription from pharmacies for relieving IBS symptoms in adults, if IBS has been previously diagnosed by a doctor.

Side effects

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Rash
  • Headache
  • Heartburn and indigestion
  • Constipation
  • Dizziness

Before taking mebeverine

Some medicines are not suitable for people with certain conditions, and sometimes a medicine may only be used if extra care is taken. For these reasons, before you start taking mebeverine it is important that your doctor or pharmacist knows:

If you are pregnant or breast-feeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.

If you have severe constipation, or if you feel your bowel is not working properly.

If you are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, as well as herbal and complementary medicines.

If you have ever had an allergic reaction to a medicine.

What special precautions should you take?

During pregnancy or while breastfeeding, first consult with your doctor or Clicks pharmacist before using mebeverine because it could be unsafe for use.

Mebeverine should be avoided if you suffer from an intestinal obstruction.

Mebeverine should be used with caution if you suffer from the following conditions:

  • Liver disorders
  • Kidney disorders
  • Heart disorders

What drug interactions could you experience?

Mebeverine has no known drug interactions. However, to avoid potential adverse drug interactions, always inform your doctor or Clicks pharmacist what prescription and non-prescription medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements and herbal products you are taking or planning to take.

Where I should keep this medicine?

  • Keep the medicines in a cupboard, away from heat and direct sunlight. It should not be stored above 30°C.
  • Make sure that children cannot see or reach the medicine.
  • Keep the medicine in the container it came in.
  • Return any unused medications to a pharmacist.

Who to contact for more information

Your doctor, pharmacist or nurse will be able to give you more information about mebeverine and about other medicines used to treat intestinal spasms.