The text only version may be available in large print, Braille or audio CD. For further information call emc accessibility on 0800 198 5000. The product code(s) for this leaflet is: PL 33271/0002.
Alverine Citrate 60 mg and 120 mg Hard Capsules
(Referred to as Alverine Citrate Capsules in the remainder of the leaflet)
1. What Alverine Citrate Capsules are and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you take Alverine Citrate Capsules
3. How to take Alverine Citrate Capsules
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Alverine Citrate Capsules
6. Contents of the pack and other information
The name of your medicine is Alverine Citrate Capsules. The capsules contain a medicine called alverine citrate. Alverine Citrate Capsules belong to a group of medicines called anti-spasmodics. It relaxes the muscles in the intestine (gut) and uterus (womb). This helps stop the pain you feel when the muscles become tense.
It is used to help people aged 12 and above who have Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Some of the symptoms of IBS are:
Sometimes these symptoms are worse if you are worried or under stress.
Alverine Citrate Capsules can also be used for a condition of the large intestine called painful diverticular disease of the colon, and to relieve period pains.
You should not take Alverine Citrate Capsules if any of the above applies to you. If you are unsure speak to your doctor or pharmacist.
If this is the first time you have had these symptoms talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Alverine Citrate Capsules. If any of the following apply do not take Alverine Citrate Capsules until you have spoken to your doctor; it may not be the right treatment for you. See your doctor as soon as possible if you:
If any of the above applies to you speak to your doctor before taking Alverine Citrate Capsules.
Consult your doctor if you have developed new symptoms, or if your symptoms worsen, or if they do not improve after two weeks treatment.
Alverine Citrate Capsules should not be used in children under the age of 12.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription.
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, do not take this medicine. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine.
Alverine Citrate Capsules should not be taken by pregnant women, unless your doctor decides otherwise.
Breast-feeding is not recommended whilst taking Alverine Citrate Capsules.
If you experience dizziness while taking Alverine Citrate Capsules, avoid driving or operating machinery.
The capsule shell contains; E122 carmoisine and E102 tartrazine which may cause allergic reactions.
Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Adults (including the elderly):
The usual dose is 60 mg or 120 mg taken up to three times a day.
Children (under the age of 12)
Alverine Citrate Capsules is not suitable for children under the age of 12.
If you or someone else takes too many Alverine Citrate Capsules, contact your doctor or nearest hospital emergency department immediately. Take the box and any capsules that are left over with you if you can.
The symptoms of an overdose may include low blood pressure (hypotension) and atropine-like toxic effects (such as fast heart rate, dizziness, dry mouth, nausea, blurred vision, dilated pupils, confusion and hallucinations).
The doctor will assess your condition and decide how to treat an overdose.
Take it when you remember. If you forget for more than 4 hours, just take the next dose when you remember it is due. Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.
If you have further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Like all medicines, Alverine Citrate Capsules can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
If you have any of the above side effects, you should tell your doctor immediately.
Other side effects of Alverine Citrate Capsules may include:
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed on the leaflet. You can report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard or search for MHRA Yellow Card in the Google Play or Apple App Store.
By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medicines you no longer use. These measures will help protect the environment.
The active ingredient is alverine citrate.
Alverine 60 mg Hard Capsules: Each capsule contains Alverine Citrate equivalent to 60 mg Alverine Citrate.
Alverine 120 mg Hard Capsules: Each capsule contains Alverine Citrate equivalent to 120 mg Alverine Citrate.
The other ingredients are: maize starch and magnesium stearate. The capsule shell contains; gelatin; the capsule cap and body contain brilliant blue (E133), carmoisine (E122), tartrazine (E102) and titanium dioxide (E171). The printing ink on the capsule contains; shellac, propylene glycol and black iron oxide (E172).
Alverine Citrate capsules are available in aluminum foil, PVC/PVDC blister strips. Each carton contains 20, 30, 60,100 or 120 hard capsules.
Alverine Citrate 60 mg hard capsules consist of gelatin capsule shell size #3, with blue cap (marked as (ALV) and blue body (marked as 60), filled with white to off-white granular powder.
Alverine Citrate 120 mg hard capsules consist of gelatin capsule shell size #1, with blue cap (marked as ALV) and white body (marked as 120), filled with white to off-white granular powder.
Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
MA Number (60 mg): PL 33271/0002
MA Number (120 mg): PL 33271/0003
Leaflet Prepared: May 2022