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After trying a few different tablets for IBS my GP prescribed these for me. You can also buy smaller packets in Tesco but they are very expensive at around £4 for a small box of 20.
Colpermin has a main ingredient of peppermint oil. Peppermint oil is accepted as being one of the best remedies for IBS. The oil helps to relax the intestine which in turn helps to prevent spasms and painful cramps associated with IBS.
The tablets need to be taken three times a day an hour before eating, they shouldn't be taken after eating.
The tablets are suitable for children over 15 years of age and are only recommended for people who have had a diagnosis of IBS by their Doctor. You are also advised not to take any indigestion remedies with these tablets.
There are a number of warnings on the box which advise you to consult your Doctor if you have had certain illnesses or you are pregnant or breastfeeding. There are also a couple of listed side effects to this medication the main one being heartburn and indigestion, feeling sick or allergic reactions.
The tablets are small and oval shaped one side of the capsule is green and one side is white. The tablets have an enteric coat which delays absorption in the body until it actually reaches the intestine at which point it dissolves and travels through the small intestine and then the large intestine.
With my IBS I get periods of feeling extremely nauseous and I go for periods without eating this means when I do eat I tend to get terribly bloated and I get horrible stomach cramps.
The first few times I took these tablets I did suffer from heartburn something I had only experienced when pregnant I managed to get through this by drinking lots of water and milk as you aren't recommended to take antacids with this medicine. I could sometimes taste the peppermint an hour or so after taking this despite the fact the tablets aren't meant to dissolve until they reach the small intestine. I managed stick these side effects out for a few days and they eased after I had been taking the tablets on a regular basis.
Since taking these tablets my symptoms have become more manageable. I find that these help with the bloating and despite the packaging telling me that these may cause nausea these actually help me feel less sick.
If you suffer from IBS I would recommend giving these tablets a try they have made my life so much better and helped me to get my symptoms under control.
Colpermin peppermint oil capsules are antispasmodics that act on the gut to soothe the abdominal cramps of IBS and related disorders. These are one of a few types of antispasmodics that you can buy from a pharmacy without prescription and are preferred by many people because they are based on peppermint oil so seem more "natural" (though they have a huge list of ingredients).
==Why would I take it?==
I was recommended these by my GP as an add-on to regular medicine to treat severe abdominal cramps. They told me to alternate taking these with either mebeverine or buscopan, because either on their own was not strong enough and wore off before you were allowed the next dose. They are also recommended for other IBS symptoms, such as bloating, diarrhoea and constipation.
You swallow one-two capsules three times a day (not immediately after food, not at the same time as indigestion remedies). Each tablet contains peppermint oil B.P 0.2ml.
These cost £6.12 for a pack of 20 from Boots at the moment. This is middlingly expensive compared to other antispasmodics available (Buscopan costs £3.89 for 20 tablets and Mebeverine costs £4.99 for 15).
==Is it natural?==
Inasmuch as it is processed plant, then I guess as far as medicines go that it's fairly natural if that is important to you. I don't subscribe to the notion that natural is automatically better. Belladonna is natural, but I wouldn't want to eat that! Just because something is natural doesn't mean it doesn't have any active ingredients - this product DOES contain drugs, but if you are happy because the drugs come from plants then this product will make you happy.
A word of warning though - these contain peanut oil, so watch out if you are allergic!
==Couldn't I just have peppermint tea?==
My personal view is that since I like peppermint tea, I'd rather have that most days. But these tablets are a lot stronger. Taking the tablets rather than the tea means you know exactly what dosage you are getting (although my doctor did tell me I didn't need to worry about overdosing on peppermint tea).
==Does it work?==
I find that it offers a little relief, but quite often if my gut has got into a really bad state, then I don't actually digest the capsules well enough for them to take effect properly (the same goes for all antispasmodics, not just this brand). In those instances, I find that simple peppermint tea works just as well.
I personally find that Mebeverine works a lot better on me than Colpermin, but my doctor said that many people had to try quite a few types before they found one that was the best for them.
==Does it have side effects?==
Because it is a muscle relaxant, peppermint can worsen acid reflux (because it relaxes the muscle opening the stomach).
==Should I see the doctor first?==
The leaflet has a huge list of reasons that you should see the doctor (practically everyone it seems!). E.g. if tummy issues last more than a couple of weeks, if you are over 40, or pregnant, or symptoms change.
The leaflet says this also contains gelatin, colloidal silica, E171,E132, Eudragit L, Eudragit S, triethyl citrate, ammonia, monostearin, polyethyleneglycol 4000, talc, purified water, beeswax, refined arachis (peanut) oil.
Offers relief from the pain of gut cramps. I prefer proper drugs over this brand but this is good for a "top up" dose when my regular medicine wears off.
I wouldn't have classed myself as suffering from IBS, but after a couple of days off sick from work on more than 1 occassion and both for crampy kind of stomach pains then my Doctor advised of these tablets. I got them on a prescription as it was quite a large box I got, and although you can buy these in a smaller pack then it was cheaper to get these through a prescription.
My box had 100 tablets in it, and after looking online you can buy this size of pack online for about £16. So a £6 prescription at the time was a bit better. Things are even better thesedays as Prescriptions in Scotland are now down to £3 which is a huge difference to the prices in England which I know that are over £7. Apparently there is talk of Scotland getting free prescriptions, but we will see what happens. Not sure why this is happening, but that would be good.
I think the smallest pack size you can buy in Chemists is 20 tables and this will cost you around £5. My box looked like the Dooyoo picture, so nice and colourful enough. There is an information leaflet inside which advises of possible side effects, ingredients and how to take these.
Just take 1 of these Capsules between meals with a large drink of water. It's important just to sip the Water, as the last thing you want to do when you have painful stomach cramps is to gulp some water down and perhaps end up hurting a bit more.
The main ingredient in here is peppermint Oil. I couldn't tast it unfortunately since the Capsule is housed in that sort of Rice paper kind of capsule consistency. I tried to sniff these for the Minty scent, but I couldn't smell it at all. The peppermint Oil is meant to disolve through the Capulse and when released it is meant to ease the Cramping.
I found that these work well. If you are in particular pain you can take 2 tablets at once, but 1 helped me no problem. You can take the tablets again every 4 hours, which I have done on the odd occassion but I don't have to do this very often.
So a good medicine that helps with the pain of IBS. I also find that Buscopan does a good job and although I don't have to pop these very often, they are in the house just in case.
I suffer with IBS, not as severely as I once did but I still occasionally have to take medication for the symptoms. Colpermin is one of a limited range of treatments for the condition.
When I first went to my doctor about the problem she gave me a prescription for peppermint oil, which acts as an antispasmodic. I noticed that the name on the box was Colpermin - though the box I was given by the pharmacist was a plain white 'prescription' box and not the same box in the DooYoo picture.
The hard gel capsule contains mainly 'neat' peppermint oil. This oil is far stronger than you would be able to tolerate if it were not contained in a protective shell. This shell allows it to pass through the stomach and dissolve at the seat of the problem, the end of the small intestine, where the oil is released and helps to ease cramping and inappropriately fast or slow action of the large intestine as it passes through. The menthol which is the main component of peppermint oil can be very irritating if released elsewhere, as I found to my cost when a capsule got 'stuck' at the junction where the oesophagus (food 'pipe') enters the stomach. I have a hiatus hernia so think that might have 'derailed' the capsules journey a little and the contents were released way too early. It gave me quite a nasty case of heartburn and I was breathing peppermint fumes over everyone all day, I think they assumed I'd taken to the drink and was trying to cover it up by eating Polos. If you are taking antacid medications including things like Zantac which prevent excess acid production they can interfere with the coating of the tablet making it release the contents in the stomach not the intestine, which can make you feel quite nauseous; this was something I experience when it happened to me. I sometimes found it awkward to time the dose of the capsules, as I do suffer from acid reflux, in part caused by the hernia, so had to time the capsules around meals and ant acid medication.
Colpermin contains peanut oil so isn't suitable for anyone with a nut or specifically peanut allergy.
Apparently the capsule can also sometimes dissolve too low in your digestive tract giving you a burny bottom.. and I presume nicely fresh scented 'movements' and bottom burps. Drinking peppermint tea, or eating foods containing peppermint, while it may slightly ease a dickey tummy, won't help with IBS.
My IBS symptoms usually consist of twisting cramping pains in the stomach, with alarming gurgling and 'depth charge' type sounds emanating from my stomach. On these occasions you will usually find me curled up on the sofa in the foetal position, pale and sweating and swearing at anyone who dares to disturb my self pity. My symptoms also usually involve numerous visits to the loo and even sometimes an unfeasible capacity for wind production. Symptoms do vary but all usually involve some cramping, but others may experience constipation rather than looseness, or even alternating between the two. My doctor instructed me to take one capsule with water in between meals, if the cramping is very bad you can take two tablets at a time for a few doses, which is the same as the instructions which come with the capsules when bought over the counter.
Personally I didn't find that these capsules worked particularly well for me, and occasionally I would feel nauseous after taking the tablets. I'm not sure whether that was because they were dissolving too soon, or if I have an unrecognised sensitivity to menthol. The capsules made little difference if any to the duration or severity of attacks and made the experience more unpleasant because of the weird minty taste whenever my stomach tried to leave my body via my mouth. You do need to take these regularly over a prolonged period; the theory is that it will keep your digestion ticking over nicely. I found so little benefit from these that I never renewed my prescription for them or bought any again. I find that Imodium plus or similar product works for my particular version of IBS much more effectively, and I think that knowing that I have something in my medicine cabinet that actually works has taken some of the stress away. I don't need to worry about IBS because I have something that will work for me almost instantly, therefore the stress component to the problem is less present, and I don't get attacks so often.
Colpermin is a relatively natural product and seems to work well for some people but it didn't suit me. If you have tried other things and they haven't worked it might be worth giving this a try you may be lucky and it is just what you need, but it is unlikely to work instantly, and is not a guaranteed treatment.
Colpermin cost £5.49 for 20 in Boots £4.81 for 20 at amazon. Colpermin is also sold in 100 capsule sizes for about £18 (at chemistdirect)
I think the price is quite expensive for something that has to be taken regularly, perhaps if you are diagnosed with IBS your G.P. could give you a prescription to try if they feel it could help.
Colpermin is not suitable for children. I didn't realise that children could get IBS but apparently they do, my daughter was one of them, luckily she doesn't seem to suffer from it anymore since she hit her mid teens.
I suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome and have been to the doctors for various medications all with the same result, they help for a while but it isn't something you can cure. I saw these tablets in Superdrug and thought I'd give them a try. They are peppermint capsules. Peppermint helps ease the bloating and pain of IBS.
With IBS these are the two main sypmtoms I get. It is very uncomfortable and generally I need something that will work fast to help these symptoms. Colpermin do just that. I drink peppermint tea but it doesn't seem to have as much effect.
These come in a pack of 20 tablets and cost around £5.50 from Superdrug. You can also get these on prescription from your doctor if you have a prescription exemption. I got a pack of 100 from the doctors, which has lasted me a long time. They are a blue capsule which is quite hard so it withstands your stomach acids I presume.
You take one tablet with a glass of water. I find if I take this at night going to bed, when I wake in the morning I can taste mint in my mouth!
If you suffer from IBS I would suggest you give these a try. Obviously if you are not sure if you are suffering from IBS, best to visit your doctor first.
i am one of those unlucky people who suffer with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. I have had it for over 3 years now and i have learnt that peppermint oil really helps to easy symptoms like bloating and painful spasm. So i have decided to try it. I wouldnt recommend it to people who have not been diagnosed by doctor as my sister tried taking the tablets and it made her feel unwell. These tablets are hard and blue and they are swallowed whole with water. They travel through your bowels and then they release peppermint oil so you can get a strange tingling sensation in your bottom, i have only felt it at the beginning. They calm the spasm of the bowels and relieve discomfort. They really do work for me. They are quite expensive, about £5 for a pack of 20 tablets and you should take 3 a day, at least an hour before you eat. I take them whenever i feel like i am bloated as they help with that. They also help with cramps if you eat some food that gives you cramps. I think these tablets are really good. I also drink peppermint tea as that helps too.
Colpermin IBS Relief Capsules contain natural peppermint oil formulated in a sustained release capsule, clinically proven to provide effective, targeted relief from the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome / These capsules release peppermint oil where it is needed to relieve the symptoms of IBS including painful spasms, bloating and trapped wind, constipation and/or diarrhoea.