Kwells Tablets 0.3mg Pack of 12
The active substance in Kwells tablets is Hyoscine Hydrobromide. Hyoscine Hydrobromide temporarily reduces the effect of movement on the balance organs of the inner ear and the nerves responsible for nausea.
Because Kwells tablets melt in the mouth, absorption into the bloodstream is very rapid and they can be taken up to 20 – 30 minutes before travelling or at the onset of sickness.
Kwells 0.3mg tablets are used for the fast and effective prevention and control of travel sickness. Travel sickness happens when the brain receives mixed messages. Visual messages from the eyes inform the brain that the immediate surrounds are stationary, but a delicate balancing organ in the ear tells the brain that you are moving. This conflicting information triggers the nausea we associate with travel sickness.
If Kwells have been prescribed for you by your doctor, follow instructions they may have given you. If you purchase the product without a prescription, then follow these directions closely.
The tablets can be sucked, chewed or swallowed. They have a score line so they can be halved if necessary. The tablets can be taken up to 30 minutes before travelling to prevent travel sickness or at the onset of nausea.
Adults: Take one tablet every 6 hours, as required. Do not take this medicine more than 3 times in 24 hours.
Elderly: Consult your doctor or pharmacist before taking Kwells tablets.
Children over 10 years:
Give your child half or one tablet every 6 hours, as required.
- Do not give your child this medicine more than 3 times in 24 hours.
Kwells tablets should not be given to children under 10 years of age.
How to help avoid travel sickness
- Sit with your head tilted back to stabilise the balancing mechanism in the ear.
- Ensure the vehicle you are in is well ventilated.
- Try to have a clear view of the window.
- Have a bite to eat before the journey to help keep the stomach settled, but avoid greasy food.
- If you travel by car, take regular breaks for exercise, fresh air and refreshments.
- In an aeroplane, you can ease the pressure on your ears by sucking a boiled sweet during take off and landing.
- NEVER read.
- Avoid strong smelling food, smoke, perfume or petrol fumes.
Do not take Kwells tablets if you:
- are allergic to hyoscine hydrobromide or any of the other ingredients in the tablets.
- have glaucoma.
- have a blockage of the intestines.
- have a narrowing f the stomach outlet.
- have myasthenia gravis.
- have an enlarged prostate gland.
Before taking Kwells tablets, you should see your doctor if you:
- are over 60 years of age.
- are under medical care, especially for heart, metabolic, gastrointestinal, liver or kidney conditions.
- have previously had a sudden painful inability to pass urine.
- have ulcerative colitis,
- have diarrhoea or fever,
- have down’s syndrome.
- suffer from seizures or fits.
This product should only be given to children over 10 years of age.
Since it may cause drowsiness, children taking this medication should not be left unattended.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription.
Do not take Kwells tablets if you are taking any of the following medicines, unless advised by your doctor:
- linesolid (an antibiotic),
- domperidone and metoclopramide (for nausea and vomiting),
- sublingual nitrate (for angina).
Do not drink alcohol while taking Kwells tablets as this may make you feel more drowsy.
May cause drowsiness. If affected do not drive or operate machinery.
Do not take Kwells tablets if you are pregnant or breast-feeding unless recommended by your doctor or midwife.
Symptoms of an overdose may include: fast or irregular heart-beat, difficulty passing water, blurred vision or dislike of bright light. Hallucinations may occur.
If you have any of these symptoms or have taken more than the recommended dose, tell your doctor or contact your nearest Accident and Emergency Department immediately.
Like all medicines, Kwells tablets can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Some people have experienced blurred vision, dilated pupils, dry mouth, drowsiness and dizziness. You may also experience an increased body temperature due to decreased sweating.
Less frequently, there have been reports of restlessness, hallucinations and confusion.
If you are epileptic, you might suffer from increased seizure frequency.
As with all medicines, some people may be allergic to the tablets. If you are allergic, you may experience difficulty in breathing, coughing, wheezing or symptoms such as rash, itching and swelling.
If you experience any of these effects or react badly to the tablets in any way, tell your doctor immediately.