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Alverine: Treatment for Abdominal Pain and Cramping

Mohommed Essop-Adam
Reviewed by Mohommed Essop-AdamReviewed on 30.10.2023 | 2 minutes read

Alverine is a renowned antispasmodic medication widely used in the management of gastrointestinal conditions like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and diverticular disease. This article will delve into the various aspects of alverine, including its usage, mechanism of action, contraindications, and potential side effects.

Understanding Alverine

Alverine, available both on prescription and over-the-counter (only with a previous diagnosis), offers relief from abdominal pain, cramping, and bloating associated with IBS, diverticular disease, and menstrual cramps in women.

Doctor’s advice

Dosage and Administration

Alverine comes in capsule form with strengths of 60mg and 120mg. The recommended dosage ranges from 60mg to 120mg, taken 1 to 3 times a day, depending on symptom severity. It is crucial to use alverine only when symptoms occur and consult a doctor if symptoms persist after two weeks.

How does it work?

An antispasmodic works by relaxing the muscles in the intestines and uterus. Alverine effectively relieves muscle spasms responsible for the symptoms experienced in gastrointestinal conditions.

Who should not take the medication?

Alverine should not be taken by individuals allergic to any of its ingredients, pregnant or breastfeeding women, and children under twelve years of age. Patients with paralytic ileus or intestinal blockages should also avoid alverine unless prescribed by a doctor.

Alverine should only be used if symptoms have been diagnosed by a medical professional. Any changes in symptoms or concerns should be discussed with a doctor. It is important to note that using more than one antispasmodic medication simultaneously is not recommended.

Possible Side Effects

While alverine is generally well-tolerated, some individuals may experience mild side effects like nausea, headache, or dizziness. If these side effects persist or become bothersome, consultation with your doctor or pharmacist is advised. Activities such as driving or operating machinery should be avoided if dizziness occurs.

Serious Side Effects:

Rarely, alverine can cause serious side effects, including skin rash, shortness of breath, wheezing, chest or throat tightness, or swelling of the mouth, face, or throat. In such cases, alverine usage should be stopped immediately, and urgent medical attention should be sought. Additionally, any signs of yellowing of the skin or eyes or symptoms of an allergic reaction should be addressed promptly.

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Mohommed Essop-Adam
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Reviewed on 30.10.2023
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