Dicycloverine

  • If you are taking dicycloverine for irritable bowel syndrome and you develop any new symptoms, or if your symptoms worsen, or if your symptoms have not improved within two weeks, you should see your doctor for further advice.
Type of medicine Antimuscarinic antispasmodic
Used for Gastrointestinal muscle spasms
Available as Tablets and oral liquid

Dicycloverine is an antispasmodic medicine which is used to relieve cramps in the stomach and intestines. It is useful to help ease the spasm-type pain that may be associated with irritable bowel syndrome or diverticular disease. It works by relaxing the muscles of the stomach and intestines which are causing the problem.

Before taking dicycloverine make sure your doctor or pharmacist knows:

  • If you are pregnant, trying for a baby or breast-feeding.
  • If you have any other digestive system problems, such as reflux disease, diarrhoea, and ulcerative colitis.
  • If you have glaucoma (raised pressure in your eye).
  • If you have high blood pressure or have had a heart attack.
  • If you have prostate problems.
  • If you have myasthenia gravis (a condition causing muscle weakness).
  • If you have been told you have a fast heart rate.
  • If you have Down's syndrome.
  • 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 you have been given, and any possible side-effects from taking it.
  • The usual dose of dicycloverine for an adult is one 10 mg tablet or one 5 ml spoonful three times a day. If dicycloverine has been prescribed for you by a doctor, your dose may be different to this, in which case your doctor or pharmacist will tell you how much to take and how often to take it.
  • You can take dicycloverine before or after meals.
  • If you forget to take a dose, do not worry, just take the next dose when it is due. Do not take two doses together to make up for a forgotten dose.
  • If you have bought dicycloverine for irritable bowel syndrome and you develop any new symptoms, or if your symptoms worsen, or if your symptoms have not improved within two weeks of taking it, you should see your doctor for advice (even if you have previously been diagnosed by your doctor).
  • If you buy any medicines, check with a pharmacist that they are safe to take with dicycloverine.

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 dicycloverine side-effects - these affect less than 1 in 100 people who take this medicine What can I do if I experience this?
Dry mouth, feeling thirsty Try sucking sugar-free sweets or chewing sugar-free gum. Drink plenty of water
Feeling dizzy, blurred eyesight If this happens, do not drive or use tools or machines

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.
  • If you are having an operation or dental treatment tell the person carrying out the treatment which medicines you are taking.
  • This medicine is for you. Never give it to other people even if their condition appears to be the same as yours.
  • 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

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Original Author:
Helen Allen
Current Version:
Peer Reviewer:
Dr Helen Huins
Last Checked:
19/01/2012
Document ID:
3804 (v23)
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