Are you concerned about someone’s Buscopan use, or are you trying to find out some information about Buscopan abuse? This article will cover the prescription drug, its signs and symptoms, how Buscopan is being abused, and how you can get help.

What is Buscopan?

If you are here reading this today, you may wonder what Buscopan is. This is especially true if you have never heard of the substance before.

Buscopan is a prescription medication that is used to help relieve the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and to help reduce stomach cramps. A doctor usually prescribes this type of medication for people experiencing these problems.


What is Buscopan Meant to Be Used for?

Buscopan is used to relieve painful stomach cramps. This involves those that are linked to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). It can also be used to help with period pains and bladder cramps. It helps to relieve the pain caused by stomach cramps by helping your gut to relax. The medicine works quickly, and most people find their cramps eased within a 15-minute window.

It’s unusual for people to experience any side effects with Buscopan if it is taken as recommended.

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How is Buscopan Abused?

Despite what Buscopan is supposed to be used for, many people choose to consume these tablets differently to get a different kind of effect.When people abuse Buscopan, they often crush the tablets and smoke the Buscopan. When Buscopan is taken in this way, it can generate scopolamine. Ingesting this can cause:

  • Hallucinations (visual, auditory, and tactile)
  • Insomnia
  • Amnesia
  • Flushing
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Irritability
  • An inability to remain focussed or concentrate.

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Signs and Symptoms of Buscopan Abuse

There are several signs and symptoms that may indicate someone is suffering from the effects of abusing Buscopan. These signs and symptoms may indicate that someone is taking Buscopan in the wrong ways and that they are becoming addicted to the substance.

The symptoms may be both physical symptoms and psychological symptoms. Look at the lists below for more information.

Psychological Symptoms of Buscopan Abuse

  • Paranoia and anxiety
  • Depression
  • Feelings of despair and hopelessness
  • Feelings of guilt or shame
  • Extreme levels of low self-esteem
  • An inability to focus or concentrate
  • Disorientation or confusion
  • Extreme mood swings
  • Outbursts of anger
  • Poor judgements
  • Increase mental health problems
  • An inability to stop thinking about the substance
  • Feeling like substance abuse has taken over your life
  • Suicidal thoughts and feelings


Physical Symptoms of Buscopan Abuse

  • Increased tolerance to the substance
  • Overwhelming cravings for the substance
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when the abuse is reduced or stopped
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Constipation
  • Vomiting or nausea
  • Constricted pupils
  • Feeling itchy
  • Respiratory problems
  • Persistent symptoms of flu
  • Regular chest infections
  • A runny nose and watery eyes
  • Unintentional weight loss
  • Changes in appetite
  • Sleep problems
  • Exhaustion

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John Gillen - Author - Last updated: September 7, 2022

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