Thank you for your reply. I think you are half correct - Buscopan is also known as "hyoscine butylbromide", but Levsin is not hyoscine, rather hyoscyamine, which is very similar but appears to have more serious side effects. It's ironic that the FDA approves hyoscyamine but not hyoscine butylbromide. Please note that I never heard of hyoscyamine until about
10 minutes ago, when I read your post and did a Google search, so if you think I'm wrong and that these are in fact the same drugs, please correct me. There is a Wikipedia page for hyoscyamine here:
According to this web page:
hyoscyamine is available as an injection but only in an ER or hospital, and cannot be given to patients for home use.
There is a Wikipedia entry for Buscopan here:
Quoted as follows:
Butylscopolamine, also known as scopolamine butylbromide and hyoscine butylbromide is a is an abdominal-specific antispasmodic. It is marketed under the trade name Buscopan® by Boehringer Ingelheim GmbH, Germany. who also offer a combination of butylscopolamine and acetaminophen, marketed under the name Buscopan Plus®. Butylscopolamine is used to treat pain and discomfort caused by abdominal cramps or other spasmodic activity in the digestive system. When taken orally, it cannot enter the bloodstream or otherwise leave the digestive tract, so that it is only able to affect the smooth muscles of the digestive system as it passes through. It is not an analgesic in the normal sense, since it doesn't 'mask' or 'cover over' the pain, but rather works to prevent painful cramps and spasms from occurring in the first place.
I don't pretend to be a doctor, and I've been known to be wrong. But I do have lots of experience with Buscopan (it was introduced to me by an Australian doctor). For me, the pills don't work, but injections are stunningly effective. I have bought it across the counter in Taiwan and South Korea, two countries where I've spent a lot of time. In one case, I felt a Crohn's attack coming on while I was aboard an international flight. Had I done nothing, I would have wound up on the floor doubled up in pain. Instead, I ducked into the rest room and shot up, and my attack ceased, sparing me, the flight crew and passengers a nasty ordeal.
Crohn's since 1988
Post Edited (ozonehole) : 1/12/2007 10:16:28 PM (GMT-7)