Why Buscopan

Why should I use Buscopan®?

Published on March 14, 2018

Relax the cramp, Relieve the pain.

Buscopan provides rapid relief of stomach pain with cramps.

After being swallowed, Buscopan moves down the digestive tract. There, Buscopan interrupts the signal that tells the muscles of the digestive system to cramp. The muscles then relax and the pain subsides.1

For specialised and rapid relief

Buscopan is an antispasmodic. It is specifically developed to relax the muscles of the digestive tract and provide rapid relief from stomach pain with cramps.2

Diagram 1

1.Food bolus. 2.Buscopan molecules. 3.Cramping smooth muscle.

Diagram 2

4.Smooth muscle relaxes once Buscopan has taken effect.

Buscopan works differently to general pain relievers

Many people take a general pain reliever such as paracetamol or ibuprofen when suffering stomach pain with cramps but there are several advantages for taking Buscopan.

Buscopan vs. Analgesics

Buscopan General pain relievers
  • Active ingredient: hyoscine butylbromide
  • Work in a two way action
    • relaxes cramps
    • relieves pain
  • Acts where the cramps and pain occur – stomach & intestines
  • Well tolerated and very little is absorbed into the bloodstream1.
  • Contains active ingredients such as paracetamol or ibuprofen
  • Work by blocking the pain signals, thereby relieving the pain without tackling cramps
  • Well tolerated and absorbed into the bloodstream

Specialised treatment

Buscopan is specifically designed to relax stomach cramps and relieve pain.

Targeted relief

Buscopan works only where the pains and cramps occur – in the digestive tract.

Works quickly

Buscopan provides rapid relief for stomach pain with cramps1

2 way action

Buscopan relaxes stomach cramps and relieves pain

Gentle on the stomach

Buscopan is well tolerated and very little is absorbed into the bloodstream1. It can be taken at the first sign of stomach pain with cramps.

Take on the go

Buscopans’ small, easy to swallow tablets are also flavour free!

Where Buscopan comes from?

In search for an effective treatment for the pain of stomach cramps, the makers of Buscopan learned from the healing arts of some of the world’s oldest cultures. Ancient Hindu physicians in India knew of the antispasmodic effects of a relative of Duboisia: the Datura plant. Today, the Buscopan story starts in Ingelheim, Germany, where elite Duboisia plants are grown in greenhouses.

These plants are bred to be resistant against nematodes and beetles. The best seeds are harvested and then delivered to plantations in South America and Australia for further on-site selection. Here, the shrubs grow on a large scale.

The pharmaceutically important alkaloid scopolamine contained in the dried leaves and stalks, is isolated and purified. Finally, the active precursor substance scopolamine undergoes a single chemical process – converted into hyoscine butylbromide, the active ingredient of Buscopan.

Duboisia flower
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References

  1. Buscopan Product Information, 21 June 2017.
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