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Drotaverine is used to relieve spasm of smooth muscles in organs such as stomach and heart. It is used in the treatment of pain due to some condition such as ulcers of the intestine, irritable bowel syndrome, various diseases of intestines, pain due to gall stones and stones in the kidneys, pain due to various diseases of the liver and gall bladder, Drotaverine is also to treat certain types of headaches, for painful periods, and to relieve cervical spasm during labor.

How it works

Drotaverine belongs to a group of medicines called antispasmodics. Drotaverine decreases the tone of smooth muscles, reduces intestinal peristalsis and dilates blood vessels. It thereby acts as a direct relaxant of the smooth muscles of the gut and relieves painful contractions called as spasms.

Common side effects

Dizziness, Decreased blood pressure, Nausea, Vomiting


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Expert advice

  • Take drotaverine tablets 20 minutes before a meal to relieve or reduce post meal symptoms.
  • Consult your doctor before you start drotaverine if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
  • Stop taking drotaverine and consult a doctor, if experience severe allergic reactions.
  • Due to possible side effects such as dizziness and vertigo resulting from hypotension, you should avoid driving or using machines.

Frequently asked questions


Q.What is drotaverine used for/ What does drotaverine treat?
Drotaverine is used to treat spasm of smooth muscles in organs such as stomach and heart. Drotaverine is mainly used to relieve painful spasms associated with chronic gastroduodenitis (inflammation of the stomach and the duodenum of the small intestine), gastric and duodenal ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome (disorder of the intestines that leads to cramps in the abdomen) and many more conditions of the stomach and intestine that are associated with painful spasm. It may also be used to relieve pain during menstruation (dysmenorrhea).

Content on this page was last updated on 30 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)