Buscopan (Buscopan 20mg/1ml solution for injection ampoules)



Information specific to: Buscopan 20mg/1ml solution for injection ampoules when used in Pain.

Buscopan (Bus-coh-pan) is a medicine which is used in relieving spasms of the gastrointestinal or genitourinary tract and diagnostic procedures where spasm is a problem. Buscopan contains hyoscine butylbromide. It is supplied by Boehringer Ingelheim Limited.

The information in this Medicine Guide for Buscopan varies according to the condition being treated and the particular preparation used.

Your medicine

Buscopan works by relaxing muscles. This helps to relieve the pain and discomfort associated with muscle spasm in the gastrointestinal or genitourinary tracts.

Other information about Buscopan:

  • you will need to be under medical observation after Buscopan has been given to you

Buscopan is usually given to you by a healthcare professional. The person responsible for giving you your medicine will make sure that you get the right dose.

If you feel that the medicine is making you unwell or you do not think it is working, then talk to your prescriber or someone involved in your medical care.

Whether this medicine is suitable for you

Buscopan is not suitable for everyone and some people should never use it. Other people should only use it with special care. It is important that the person prescribing this medicine knows your full medical history.

Your prescriber may only prescribe this medicine with special care or may not prescribe it at all if you:

  • are allergic or sensitive to or have had a reaction to any of the ingredients in the medicine
  • have a high temperature
  • have had asthma or allergic disease
  • have heart problems
  • have megacolon
  • have myasthenia gravis
  • have narrow angle glaucoma
  • have other gastrointestinal problems such as paralytic ileus
  • have prostate problems and have urinary retention
  • have tachycardia
  • have thyrotoxicosis

Furthermore the prescriber may only prescribe this medicine with special care or may not prescribe it at all for a child.

As part of the process of assessing suitability to take this medicine a prescriber may also arrange tests:

  • to determine whether or not the medicine is suitable and whether it must be prescribed with extra care

Over time it is possible that Buscopan can become unsuitable for some people, or they may become unsuitable for it. If at any time it appears that Buscopan has become unsuitable, it is important that the prescriber is contacted immediately.


Alcohol can interact with certain medicines.

In the case of Buscopan:

  • there are no known interactions between alcohol and Buscopan


Medicines can interact with certain foods. In some cases, this may be harmful and your prescriber may advise you to avoid certain foods.

In the case of Buscopan:

  • there are no specific foods that you must exclude from your diet when having Buscopan

Driving and operating machinery

When taking any medicine you should be aware that it might interfere with your ability to drive or operate machinery safely.

In the case of Buscopan:

  • this medicine could affect your ability to drive or operate machinery

You should see how this medicine affects you before you judge whether you are safe to drive or operate machinery. If you are in any doubt about whether you should drive or operate machinery, talk to your prescriber.

Family planning and pregnancy

Most medicines, in some way, can affect the development of a baby in the womb. The effect on the baby differs between medicines and also depends on the stage of pregnancy that you have reached when you take the medicine.

In the case of Buscopan:

  • you should only have this medicine during pregnancy if your doctor thinks that you need it

You need to discuss your specific circumstances with your doctor to weigh up the overall risks and benefits of taking this medicine. You and your doctor can make a decision about whether you are going to take this medicine during pregnancy.

If the decision is that you should not have Buscopan, then you should discuss whether there is an alternative medicine that you could take during pregnancy.


Certain medicines can pass into breast milk and may reach your baby through breast-feeding.

For information about Buscopan and breast-feeding, contact your prescriber.

Taking other medicines

If you are taking more than one medicine they may interact with each other. At times your prescriber may decide to use medicines that interact, in other cases this may not be appropriate.

The decision to use medicines that interact depends on your specific circumstances. Your prescriber may decide to use medicines that interact, if it is believed that the benefits of taking the medicines together outweigh the risks. In such cases, it may be necessary to alter your dose or monitor you more closely.

Tell your prescriber the names of all the medicines that you are taking so that they can consider all possible interactions. This includes all the medicines which have been prescribed by your GP, hospital doctor, dentist, nurse, health visitor, midwife or pharmacist. You must also tell your prescriber about medicines which you have bought over the counter without prescriptions.

The following medicines may interact with Buscopan:

  • amantadine
  • disopyramide
  • ipratropium
  • metoclopramide
  • quinidine
  • tiotropium

The following types of medicine may interact with Buscopan:

  • anticholinergics
  • anticoagulants
  • antihistamines
  • antipsychotics
  • atropine-like medicines
  • beta-adrenergics
  • butyrophenones
  • dopamine antagonists
  • phenothiazines
  • tetracyclic antidepressants
  • tricyclic antidepressants

If you are taking Buscopan and one of the above medicines or types of medicines, make sure your prescriber knows about it.

Complementary preparations and vitamins

Medicines can interact with complementary preparations and vitamins. In general, there is not much information available about interactions between medicines and complementary preparations or vitamins.

If you are planning to take or are already taking any complementary preparations and vitamins you should ask your prescriber whether there are any known interactions with Buscopan.

Your prescriber can advise whether it is appropriate for you to take combinations that are known to interact. They can also discuss with you the possible effect that the complementary preparations and vitamins may have on your condition.

If you experience any unusual effects while taking this medicine in combination with complementary preparations and vitamins, you should tell your prescriber.

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