Alverine citrate

  • Alverine citrate is used to treat abdominal spasms associated with irritable bowel syndrome and diverticular disease.
  • It can be purchased from a pharmacy by people who have previously been diagnosed by a doctor. If this is the first time you have had these symptoms, you should consult your doctor.
  • Alverine citrate is not suitable for children under 12 years of age.
Type of medicine Antispasmodic
Used for Pain caused by gastro-intestinal muscle cramps
Period pain cramps
Also called Spasmonal®, Spasmonal® Forte
Audmonal®, Audmonal® Forte
Available as Capsules

Alverine citrate is an antispasmodic medicine which is used to relieve abdominal muscle spasms. It is particularly useful to help ease the spasm-type pain that may be associated with irritable bowel syndrome and similar conditions. It can also be used to help relieve period pain cramps.

Alverine citrate works by relaxing the muscles causing the problem.

Before taking alverine citrate make sure your doctor or pharmacist knows:

  • If you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
  • If you know you have a condition called paralytic ileus (a blockage of the bowel).
  • If you are taking other medicines, including those available to buy without a prescription, herbal and complementary medicines.
  • If you have ever had an allergic reaction to this or to any other medicine.
  • Before starting this treatment, read the manufacturer's printed information leaflet from inside the pack. The leaflet will give you more information about the specific brand and strength of capsule you have been given, and any possible side-effects from taking it.
  • Take alverine citrate exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. The usual dose is one capsule which can be taken one to three times a day.
  • You can take the capsules before or after meals.
  • If you forget to take a dose, do not worry, just take the next dose as normal. Do not take two doses together to make up for a forgotten dose.
  • Alverine citrate can be purchased from pharmacies by people who have previously been diagnosed by a doctor. If this is the first time you have had these symptoms, you should consult your doctor before using any treatment.
  • If you develop any new symptoms, or if your symptoms worsen, or if your symptoms have not improved within two weeks of taking these capsules, you should see your doctor for advice.
  • If you buy any other medicines, check with a pharmacist that they are safe to take with this medicine.

Along with their useful effects, most medicines can cause unwanted side-effects although not everyone experiences them. These usually improve as your body adjusts to the new medicine, but speak with your doctor or pharmacist if any of the following side-effects continue or become troublesome.

Possible alverine citrate side-effects What can I do if I experience this?
Feeling sick Stick to simple foods
Headache Ask your pharmacist to recommend a suitable painkiller
Feeling dizzy If this happens, do not drive or use tools or machines
Itching and skin rash Use a moisturiser to help soothe your skin. Speak with your doctor or pharmacist if this continues

If you experience any other symptoms which you think may be due to this medicine, speak with your doctor or pharmacist.

  • Keep all medicines out of the reach and sight of children.
  • Store in a cool, dry place, away from direct heat and light.
  • Never take more than the prescribed dose. If you suspect that someone has taken an overdose of this medicine, go to the accident and emergency department of your local hospital at once. Take the container with you, even if it is empty.
  • This medicine is for you. Never give it to other people even if their condition appears to be the same as yours.
  • If you are having an operation or dental treatment, tell the person carrying out the treatment which medicines you are taking.
  • Never keep out-of-date or unwanted medicines. Take them to your local pharmacy which will dispose of them for you.
  • If you have any questions about this medicine ask your pharmacist.

Further reading & references

  • British National Formulary; 62nd Edition (Sep 2011) British Medical Association and Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, London
  • Manufacturer's PIL, Spasmonal® 60 mg; Manufacturer's PIL, Spasmonal® 60 mg, Meda Pharmaceuticals, electronic Medicines Compendium. Dated November 2011.
  • Manufacturer's PIL, Spasmonal® Forte 120 mg hard capsules; Manufacturer's PIL, Spasmonal® Forte 120 mg hard capsules, Meda Pharmaceuticals, electronic Medicines Compendium. Dated November 2011.

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Original Author:
Helen Allen
Current Version:
Peer Reviewer:
Prof Cathy Jackson
Last Checked:
19/01/2012
Document ID:
3806 (v24)
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