Colpermin capsules are used to relieve the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). IBS can be triggered by stress, hormones or foods and includes symptoms such as stomach cramps, bloating, diarrhoea or constipation. It is often related to abnormal muscle contraction and inflammation of the intestinal wall.
Colpermin contains peppermint oil, which is a natural antispasmodic. The capsules have an enteric coat which prevents them from dissolving until they have passed through the stomach and upper intestine into the lower intestine. Here, the capsules gradually release the peppermint oil which relaxes the muscles of the bowel wall, preventing painful spasms and easing bloating.
Results differ from patient to patient, but Colpermin generally provides effective relief from IBS if used correctly.
The active ingredient in Colpermin is peppermint oil.
The inactive ingredients in Colpermin are gelatin, colloidal silica, titanium dioxide (E171), indigotine (E132), Eudragit L, Eudragit S, triethylcitrate, monostearin, macrogol 4000, talc, purified water, beeswax, refined arachis (peanut) oil, ammonia.
Always take Colpermin as instructed by a doctor or pharmacist. The recommended dose for adults and children over the age of 15 is 1 capsule three times a day until symptoms are resolved. For severe symptoms, the dosage can be increased to 2 capsules 2 times a day.
One capsule of Colpermin should be swallowed with a small amount of water 3 times a day. For best results, take each dose 30-60 minutes before a meal. Do not take Colpermin directly before of after a meal, or in combination with indigestion remedies. Colpermin capsules should not be chewed or broken before being swallowed.
Symptoms should be resolved within 2 weeks. If they do not improve, or if they worsen, consult your doctor.
Colpermin should be taken 30-60 minutes before a meal. If you forget to take your capsule, do not take it directly before or after eating. Missing a dose is not harmful, just resume taking the medication the recommended time before your next meal.
Like all medicine, some people may experience side effects while taking Colpermin. If you experience any of the following, stop taking the medication and consult your doctor:
If you experience symptoms of an allergic reaction to Colpermin, stop using the medication and seek immediate medical care.
Do NOT take Colpermin if:
Before taking Colpermin, speak to your doctor if:
Talk to your doctor for advice if you are taking any indigestion remedies before starting Colpermin.
You can drink alcohol while taking this medication.
If you are pregnant, or are planning on becoming pregnant, consult your doctor for advice before taking this medication.
Speak to your advice if you are planning on taking Colpermin while breastfeeding.
Alternative treatments for IBS are available to purchase from Dr Felix. Colofac comes in the form of tablets or capsules and contains the active ingredient mebeverine hydrochloride, antispasmodic which works in a similar way to peppermint oil. Fybogel Mebeverine is available in the form of dispersible sachets and contains mebeverine hydrochloride and ispaghula husk, which promotes the growth of healthy probiotics in the gut and acts as a mild laxative. Fill in a form with Dr Felix to find out with treatment is best for you.
Alongside treatment such as Colpermin, you can try adjusting your lifestyle to help relieve the symptoms of IBS. Changes to your lifestyle might include:
The effectiveness of Colpermin as a laxative is uncertain. The antispasmodic properties of peppermint oil may help ease constipation by relaxing the bowel muscles. This medicine should not be taken without prior diagnosis from a doctor.