Colofac IBS 135 mg Tablets are a medicine used to treat the symptoms associated with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).It can also be used for similar problems such as chronic irritable colon, spastic constipation, mucous colitis and spastic colitis.It contains the active ingredient Mebeverine hydrochloride which is part of a group of medicines called antispasmodics.
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common condition which affects many people, it causes discomfort and spasms in the gut or intestine.
IBS creates the following symptoms:
- stomach pain and spasm
- feeling bloated and having wind
- having diarrhoea (with or without constipation)
- small, hard, pellet-like or ribbon-like stools (faeces)
IBS occurs when the intestine (responsible for digestion within the body) begins to spasm and squeezes too tightly resulting in pain. Colofac IBS works by relieving the spasms and pain associated with IBS.
You should consult your doctor if your IBS symptoms do not improve after a period and if you develop new symptoms that are of concern.
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How to take Colofac Tablets 135 mg
Colofac IBS Tablets should be taken twenty minutes before a meal (as some people experience the symptoms the most after eating). The tablet should be swallowed whole with water and not chewed.
Colofac Tablets dosage
For adults and the elderly, the recommended dose is:
- 1 tablet -3 times a day- do not take more than 3 tablets per day
The number of tablets taken can be reduced if your symptoms improve.
Colofac Tablets (135mg) should not be given to children under the age of 18 years old.
Before you take Colofac Tablets 135 mg
You should not take Colofac tablets (135mg) if:
- You are allergic to any of the tablet ingredients (see section 6 for a list of ingredients).
If any of the above applies to you, do not take this medicine and consult your doctor or pharmacist. Please ensure care is taken with Colofac.
You should consult your doctor or pharmacist before taking your medicine if:
- You have developed new symptoms, or your symptoms have become worse
- You have liver or kidney problems.
If the above applies to you (or you are unsure), please consult your doctor or pharmacist before taking this medicine.
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Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic gastrointestinal disorder that affects the large intestine causing diarrhoea, abdominal pain, cramps, bloating and gas. It is a common condition that affects many people and can be something that occurs intermittently, lasting for days, weeks or months at a time. For many sufferers it can become a lifelong problem.
The causes of IBS are unclear, but it has been linked to various factors such as food passing through the gut either too slowly or too quickly, highly sensitive nerves within the gut, stress and if there is a family history of IBS. Whilst there is no cure for the condition, there are medicines that can help alleviate and control the symptoms and alterations that can be made to your diet to manage it.
The most common symptoms of IBS include:
- stomach pain
Other symptoms of IBS can include flatulence, passing mucus from your bottom, tiredness, a lack of energy, nausea, and backache.
Lifestyle choices to help IBS
There are ways to help minimise the symptoms of IBS through diet and lifestyle
- cook homemade meals using fresh ingredients when you can
- keep a diary of what you eat and any symptoms you get – try to avoid things that trigger your IBS
- try to find ways to relax
- get plenty of exercise
- try probiotics for a month to see if they help
Things to avoid which may make your IBS worse:
- do not delay or skip meals
- do not eat too quickly
- do not eat lots of fatty, spicy or processed foods
- do not eat more than 3 portions of fresh fruit a day (a portion is 80g)
- do not drink more than 3 cups of tea or coffee a day
- do not drink lots of alcohol or fizzy drinks
Consult your doctor or ask a pharmacist about medicines that can help with your IBS symptoms.
If you find that medicines and lifestyle changes are still not improving your symptoms, you will need to see your doctor to discuss alternative treatments.