Originally published on: April 6th, 2017. Last modified on May 21st, 2021

Antispasmodic medicines relax the intestinal muscles and help to slow down bowel movements to relieve diarrhoea.

These medicines tend to be used to ease the symptoms of IBS and can help to relieve abdominal pain and cramping, especially if you pain occurs straight after eating. Your GP will be able to prescribe these for you if this is an option for you, or you can purchase an over-the-counter product such as Buscopan. Please speak to a pharmacist before purchasing to make sure this medicine is suitable for you.

Antispasmodic medications may also be used to treat urinary incontinence, but be sure to speak to a medical professional to ensure you are using the right medication for your condition.

Antispasmodic Medications

These medicines help to prevent spasms of the bladder muscle; they belong to a group of medicines known as antimuscarinic or anticholinergic drugs. Below is a list of some medications that may be prescribed and links to more information.