ABDOMINAL HEALTH LEARNING
These training tools, which are designed to suit a range of learning styles, will help you offer advice and recommend products to ease uncomfortable symptoms and support customers' digestive health.
Date of preparation: March 2021. Job number: MAT-GB-2100554 (v1.0)
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Buscomint® Peppermint oil 0.2 ml gastro-resistant capsules
Presentation: Capsules containing 0.2 ml of peppermint oil. Indications: Herbal medicinal product for the symptomatic relief of abdominal pain, minor spasms of the gastrointestinal tract and flatulence, especially in patients with irritable bowel syndrome. Dosage and administration: Adults and children over 12 years (who weigh at least 40 kg): one capsule three times a day. Take capsules 30 minutes before a meal with plenty of liquid. Take Buscomint until symptoms resolve, usually within one or two weeks. After two weeks, seek medical advice in case of persistent or deteriorating symptoms. When the symptoms are more persistent, the capsules can be taken for periods up to 3 months per treatment course. Contraindications: Hypersensitivity to menthol or any of the ingredients, patients with liver disease, cholangitis, achlorhydria, gallstones and other biliary disorders, children under 12 years of age and patients with a body weight less than 40 kg. Warnings and precautions: Swallow the capsules whole to avoid release of the peppermint oil prematurely, which may cause local irritation of the mouth and oesophagus. Patients who suffer from heartburn or hiatus hernia may have exacerbation of these symptoms after taking peppermint oil; treatment should be discontinued in these patients. In case unexplained abdominal pain persists or worsens, or occurs together with symptoms like fever, jaundice, vomiting, changes in bowel movement frequency, or blood in stool medical advice should sought immediately. Contains less than 1 mmol sodium (23 mg) per capsule. Interactions: Food or antacids administered at the same time may cause early release of the capsule contents. Medicines used to decrease stomach acid, like histamine-2 blockers and proton pump inhibitors, may cause premature dissolution of the enteric coating and should be avoided. Pregnancy and lactation: Pregnancy: There are no or limited amount of data from the use of peppermint oil in pregnant women. In the absence of sufficient data, the use during pregnancy is not recommended. Lactation: Clinical data have shown that 1,8 cineol, one constituent of peppermint oil, can be excreted into human breast milk. Buscomint is therefore not recommended during lactation. Side effects: Unknown frequency: anaphylactic shock due to allergic reaction to menthol, muscle tremor, ataxia, headache, blurred vision, bradycardia, heartburn, perianal burning, nausea, vomiting, faeces with abnormal menthol smell, inflammation of the glans of the penis, erythematous skin rash, urine with abnormal menthol odour, dysuria. RRP (ex VAT): 24 capsules £5.83. Legal category: GSL. Product licence number: PL 04425/0757. Product licence holder: Sanofi, 410 Thames Valley Park Drive, Reading, Berkshire, RG6 1PT, UK. Further information is available from Sanofi, 410 Thames Valley Park Drive, Reading, Berkshire, RG6 1PT. Email: email@example.com. Date of preparation: June 2020.
Buscopan® IBS Relief & Buscopan® Cramps Product Information
Presentation: tablets containing hyoscine butylbromide 10 mg. Indications: Buscopan IBS Relief: Relief of gastro-intestinal tract spasm associated with medically confirmed Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Buscopan Cramps: For the relief of spasm of the genito-urinary tract or gastro-intestinal tract and for the symptomatic relief of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Dose and administration: For Irritable Bowel Syndrome: adults: initially 1 tablet three times daily, increasing if necessary, to 2 tablets four times a day. For spasm of the genitourinary or gastro-intestinal tract: adults: 2 tablets four times daily, children 6-12 years: 1 tablet three times daily. Contraindications: Myasthenia gravis, mechanical stenosis in the gastrointestinal tract, paralytical or obstructive ileus, megacolon, narrow angle glaucoma, known hypersensitivity to any component. Warnings and precautions: Should not be taken for extended periods without investigating the cause of abdominal pain. Use with caution in conditions characterised by tachycardia; those susceptible to intestinal or urinary outlet obstruction; pyrexia. Warn patients to seek medical advice if they develop a painful red eye with loss of vision. Not to be taken by patients with rare hereditary problems of fructose intolerance, glucose-galactose malabsorption or sucrase-isomaltase insufficiency as the tablet coat contains sucrose. Advise patients to consult their doctor before taking if: age over 40 years and some time since the last attack of IBS or the symptoms are different; recent rectal bleeding; severe constipation; nausea or vomiting; loss of appetite or weight; difficulty or pain passing urine; fever; recent travel abroad, looking pale and feeling tired, abnormal vaginal bleeding or discharge. Advise patients to consult their doctor if they develop new symptoms, or if symptoms worsen, or if they do not improve after 2 weeks of treatment. Interactions: The anticholinergic effect of drugs, e.g. tri- and tetracyclic antidepressants, antihistamines, quinidine, amantadine, antipsychotics (e.g. butyrophenones, phenothiazines), disopyramide and other anticholinergics (e.g. tiotropium, ipratropium, atropine-like compounds) may be intensified. Co-administration with a dopamine antagonist may diminish the effect of both medicines. The tachycardic effects of beta-adrenergic agents may be enhanced. Pregnancy & lactation: Use during pregnancy and breastfeeding is not recommended. Side effects: Uncommon: dry mouth, tachycardia, skin reactions (e.g. urticaria, pruritus), abnormal sweating. Rare: urinary retention. Not known: anaphylactic shock, anaphylactic reactions, dyspnoea, rash, erythema, other hypersensitivity. RRP (ex VAT): Buscopan IBS Relief: 8 tablets £2.08, 20 tablets £4.16, 40 tablets £6.95. Buscopan Cramps: 20 tablets £4.16. Legal category: Buscopan IBS Relief: GSL Buscopan Cramps: P. Product licence numbers: Buscopan IBS Relief: PL 04425/0711. Buscopan Cramps: PL 04425/0709. Product licence holder: Sanofi, 410 Thames Valley Park Drive, Reading, Berkshire, RG6 1PT, UK. Further information is available from Sanofi, 410 Thames Valley Park Drive, Reading, Berkshire, RG6 1PT, UK. Email firstname.lastname@example.org Date of preparation: December 2020