What is Colofac?
Colofac belongs to the group of antispasmodics: antispasmodic drugs that lifts the spasms of the muscles of the intestines. Its active ingredient mebeverine ensures that the colon squeezes and contracts less hard. Intestinal cramps are reduced in this way.
What is Colofac used for?
Colofac is prescribed for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), also referred to as a spastic colon. Irritable bowel syndrome is characterized by abdominal pain, intestinal cramps, diarrhea and / or constipation, flatulence, bloating and other gastrointestinal symptoms. The symptoms often worsen after meals. If you suffer from irritable bowel syndrome it is good idea, in addition to treatment with Colofac, to pay attention to your diet as well: eat fiber, try to avoid fatty foods and make sure you drink enough fluids. Also exercise regularly and avoid tension and stress, it may also help reduce symptoms.
How to use Colofac?
Colofac tablets and capsules should be swallowed as a whole with some liquid, preferably before meals at a set time. If you have difficulty swallowing the capsules, you may open it and take the granules separately. Do this without chewing: the granules have a special coating that delays the release of the active substance in the intestines. If you chew them, they do not work as well.
You can take a missed dose, unless it is almost time for the next dose.
Colofac is available in tablet form (1 tablet contains 135 mg mebeverine) and in capsules with regulated release (containing 200 mg mebeverine each). The usual dosage for adults and children over 10 years is one tablet or capsule twice daily (see leaflet for further information), unless your doctor tells you otherwise.
Colofac has hardly any side effects. In rare cases a hypersensitivity reaction may occur (symptoms that may indicate this are swelling of the face and tongue, trouble swallowing and breathing, severe skin rashes). Alert a doctor in that case. Other uncommon side effects are headache, nausea and dizziness.
In the leaflet you can read all about any contraindications, warnings and side effects.
Pregnancy / breastfeeding
There is not enough known about the effect of Colofac on unborn babies. Furthermore, a small amount of this drug may end up in the breast milk. Talk to your doctor about using a safer medication if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, or if you are breastfeeding.