Buccastem M Buccal Tablets, 8 Tablets

  • Reduce the symptoms of nausea
  • Effective at the first sign of migraine attack
  • Dissolves in mouth
  • Can be combined with a painkiller
  • Suitable for Adults over 18 years

  • Treat vomiting and nausea related with migraines.
  • Contains prochlorperazine maleate
  • Effective when taken at first sign of migraine attack

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  • Treat vomiting and nausea related with migraines.
  • Contains prochlorperazine maleate
  • Effective when taken at first sign of migraine attack

Buccastem M Buccal Tablets, 8 Tablets

 What Buccastem M Tablets are and what they are used for?

Buccastem M Tablets are effective in treating nausea (feeling sick) and vomiting (being sick) associated with migraines.

Buccastem M Tablets contain prochlorperazine maleate. Prochlorperazine belongs to a large group of drugs known as phenothiazines, which have a variety of effects.

Buccastem M Buccal Tablets can be used at the first sign of a migraine attack to help reduce the symptoms of nausea whilst your pain killer takes effect. Once placed on the gum the Buccastem M tablet dissolves slowly, letting the medication enter your blood stream providing long-lasting relief from nausea and vomiting for up to 12 hours

What is Migraine?

A migraine is usually a moderate or severe headache felt as a throbbing pain on 1 side of the head.

Many people also have symptoms such as feeling sick, being sick and increased sensitivity to light or sound.

Migraine is a common health condition, affecting around 1 in every 5 women and around 1 in every 15 men. They usually begin in early adulthood.

There are several types of migraine, including:

  • migraine with aura – where there are specific warning signs just before the migraine begins, such as seeing flashing lights
  • migraine without aura – the most common type, where the migraine happens without the specific warning signs
  • migraine aura without headache, also known as silent migraine – where an aura or other migraine symptoms are experienced, but a headache does not develop

Some people have migraines frequently, up to several times a week. Other people only have a migraine occasionally.

It’s possible for years to pass between migraine attacks.

WHEN TO GET MEDICAL ADVICE

You should see a GP if you have frequent or severe migraine symptoms.

Simple painkillers, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen, can be effective for migraine.

Try not to use the maximum dosage of painkillers on a regular or frequent basis as this could make it harder to treat headaches over time.

You should also make an appointment to see a GP if you have frequent migraines (on more than 5 days a month), even if they can be controlled with medicines, as you may benefit from preventative treatment.

You should call 999 for an ambulance immediately if you or someone you’re with experiences:

  • paralysis or weakness in 1 or both arms or 1 side of the face
  • slurred or garbled speech
  • a sudden agonising headache resulting in a severe pain unlike anything experienced before
  • headache along with a high temperature (fever), stiff neck, mental confusion, seizures, double vision and a rash

These symptoms may be a sign of a more serious condition, such as a stroke or meningitis, and should be assessed by a doctor as soon as possible.

The exact cause of migraines is unknown, although they’re thought to be the result of temporary changes in the chemicals, nerves and blood vessels in the brain.

Around half of all people who experience migraines also have a close relative with the condition, suggesting that genes may play a role.

Some people find migraine attacks are associated with certain triggers, which can include:

  • starting their period
  • stress
  • tiredness
  • certain foods or drinks

There’s no cure for migraines, but a number of treatments are available to help reduce the symptoms.

These include:

  • painkillers – including over-the-counter medicines like paracetamol and ibuprofen
  • triptans – medicines that can help reverse the changes in the brain that may cause migraines
  • anti-emetics – medicines often used to help relieve people’s feeling of sickness (nausea) or being sick

During an attack, many people find that sleeping or lying in a darkened room can also help.

If you suspect a specific trigger is causing your migraines, such as stress or a certain type of food, avoiding this trigger may help reduce your risk of experiencing migraines.

It may also help to maintain a generally healthy lifestyle, including regular exercise, sleep and meals, as well as ensuring you stay well hydrated and limiting your intake of caffeine and alcohol.

If your migraines are severe or you have tried avoiding possible triggers and are still experiencing symptoms, a GP may prescribe medicines to help prevent further attacks.

Medicines used to prevent migraines include the anti-seizure medicine topiramate and a medicine called propranolol that’s usually used to treat high blood pressure.

It may take several weeks before your migraine symptoms begin to improve.

OUTLOOK

Migraines can severely affect your quality of life and stop you carrying out your normal daily activities.

Some people find they need to stay in bed for days at a time.

But a number of effective treatments are available to reduce the symptoms and prevent further attacks.

Migraine attacks can sometimes get worse over time, but they tend to gradually improve over many years for most people

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Price of Buccastem M Buccal Tablets in UK

Buccastem M Tablets is available on Dock Pharmacy Essex UK, UK Online Pharmacy.

Patient Information Leaflet

Brand

Buccastem

How to use

The recommended dose is one or two tablets twice a day for a maximum of 2 days, for adults aged 18 years or over.

Buccastem M Tablets are not recommended for children under 18 years of age.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE

Please read carefully before taking the tablet(s).

  • Place the tablet high up along your top gum, under the upper lip either side of your mouth as indicated above. The tablet must not be swallowed whole or chewed.
  • The tablet will soften and adhere to the gum. Allow it to dissolve slowly and completely – this may take between 1 and 2 hours. Most people find that after a few minutes they no longer notice the tablet.
  • The tablet should not be moved about the mouth with the tongue as this will cause it to dissolve too quickly.
  • If you wear dentures, the tablet may be placed in any comfortable position between your lip and gum.

The tablet(s) is best taken after meals.

If you take more Buccastem M Tablets than you should

If you accidentally take too many tablets you must seek medical attention immediately. Show any left-over medicines or the empty packet to the doctor.

If you forget to take Buccastem M Tablets

If you forget to take a dose do not double the dose next time. Just carry on taking the medicine as the doctor, pharmacist or nurse has told you.

Side Effects

Like all medicines, Buccastem M Tablets can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.

Serious side effects

If you experience any of the following side effects, you should stop taking Buccastem M Tablets and contact your doctor immediately:

  • Symptoms of an allergic reaction such as rash and swelling of the face, tongue or throat
  • A high temperature, pale complexion, muscle stiffness and changes in levels of alertness, you may have developed a serious condition called neuroleptic malignant syndrome.
  • Convulsions (fits).
  • Signs of infection such as shivering, headache, sweating, high temperature, flushing, a sore throat or mouth and swollen glands.
  • Blood clots in the veins especially in the legs (symptoms include swelling, pain and redness in the leg), which may travel through blood vessels to the lungs causing chest pain and difficulty in breathing.
  • Symptoms of decreased sodium concentration in the blood, such as nausea and vomiting, headache, confusion, loss of energy, restlessness, muscle weakness, spasms or cramps, seizures and coma.

In elderly people with dementia, a small increase in the number of deaths has been reported for patients taking medicines of the same type as Buccastem M Tablets compared with those not taking these medicines.

Other side effects include:

Rare: may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people

  • jaundice
  • blood problems.

Very rare: may affect up to 1 in 10,000 people

  • breast swelling (in men as well as in women)
  • milk secretion from the breasts which is not due to breast-feeding
  • absence of menstrual periods
  • a feeling of restlessness or anxiety that can range from mild to severe.

Unknown: frequency cannot be estimated from the available data

  • drowsiness
  • dizziness
  • dry mouth
  • inability to sleep (insomnia)
  • agitation
  • skin reactions
  • increased sensitivity to sunlight
  • low blood pressure (this makes you feel dizzy or faint, particularly when you stand up), particularly in elderly or volume depleted patients (those who have lost both water and salts from the body)
  • high blood sugar level, which can cause increased thirst, a dry mouth, needing to urinate frequently, tiredness and recurrent infections such as thrush
  • a condition known as cholestasis where bile cannot flow properly in the body, and can cause itchiness, jaundice (yellowing of the skin and/or the whites of the eyes), pale stools and dark urine
  • abnormal movements, tremors and muscle rigidity, and unusual movements of the face and tongue
  • impotence, ejaculation problems and persistent/ painful erections
  • local irritation to the gum and mouth.
  • numbness of mouth
  • tingling, pricking or burning of mouth
  • altered or decreased ability to taste

Product Details

What you need to know before you take Buccastem M Tablets

You should only use this medicine if migraine has previously been diagnosed by your doctor.

Do not take Buccastem M Tablets:

  • if you are allergic to prochlorperazine maleate or any of the other ingredients of this medicine (listed in section 6)
  • if you are pregnant, or you think you might be pregnant, or breast feeding
  • if you have problems with your liver
  • if you have blood problems
  • if you suffer from epilepsy, Parkinson’s Disease or glaucoma
  • if you have problems with your prostate gland
  • if you are under 18 years of age

Warnings and precautions

Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Buccastem M Tablets:

  • if you are elderly
  • if you have risk factors for a blood clot or stroke such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, diabetes or smoking
  • if you or someone else in your family has a history of blood clots, as medicines like these have been associated with formation of blood clots
  • if you have a condition called myasthenia gravis, which causes muscle weakness
  • if you have AIDS.

Buccastem M Tablets may cause you to be more sensitive to sunlight. When taking Buccastem M Tablets it is particularly important that you should avoid exposure to direct sunlight and use sunscreen.

Other medicines and Buccastem M Tablets

Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other medicines.

In particular, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking:

  • sedatives or tranquilisers, used to help you sleep (such as diazepam and temazepam)
  • antihypertensive medicines, used to treat high blood pressure (such as atenolol, propranolol or clonidine)
  • anticholinergic medicines, used for conditions such as depression (such as amitriptyline and imipramine)
  • anticonvulsant medicines, used to prevent or treat fits (such as carbamazepine and lamotrigine)
  • lithium, (used to treat mania and depression)
  • desferrioxamine, (used to treat high levels of iron in your body)
  • oral anticoagulants, to help prevent blood clots (such as warfarin)
  • levodopa (used to treat Parkinson’s disease).

Buccastem M Tablets with food and drink

Buccastem M Tablets are best taken after food.

Do not drink alcohol when taking the tablets as it may interact with medicines like Buccastem M.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

If you are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant, you should not take Buccastem M Tablets. Experience with Buccastem M Tablets is limited. You should therefore not take the tablets if you are breast-feeding.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking any medicine.

Driving and using machines

Buccastem M Tablets can make you feel drowsy. Therefore you should avoid driving or using dangerous machines until you know how the tablets affect you.

Buccastem M Tablets contain sucrose

If you have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor before taking this medicinal product.

Ingredients

Active ingredient

Prochlorperazine maleate, 3mg.

Other ingredients

Compressible sugar, povidone K30, xanthan gum, locust bean gum, talc, magnesium stearate and riboflavin sodium phosphate.

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