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Peppermint oil

Last updated on 13/07/2021.

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GENERIC NAME: Peppermint oil

CHINESE NAME: 薄荷精油

BRAND NAME(S) IN HONG KONG: Colpermin

DRUG CLASS: Antispasmodics

SUB CLASS: Essential oils

USED FOR: Irritable bowel syndrome, Stomach or intestinal spasms

AVAILABLE DOSAGE FORMS: 0.2ml (capsules)

What is Peppermint oil for?

Peppermint oil is an antispasmodic essential oil. It is used to treat the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, including intestinal spasms.

How to use it?

Peppermint oil can be taken orally as capsules. The usual dose for adults and children ≥15 years of age is 1 capsule three times daily, and can be increased to 2 capsules three times daily in severe cases. Swallow the capsules whole. Do not crush or chew them.

Treatment duration is usually 1-2 weeks until symptoms are resolved. Treatment can be continued for longer periods of between 2-3 months, when symptoms are more persistent.

What are the side effects of Peppermint oil?

Common side effects of Peppermint oil include nausea, vomiting, heartburn, and burning sensation in the mouth.

Who should not take Peppermint oil?

People who are allergic to Peppermint oil, peanuts, soya, or any component of the formulation.

Pharmacist Tips:

– This drug contains peanut oil. Do not take it if you are allergic to peanuts or soya.
– Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan on getting pregnant, or are breastfeeding

Common dosing schedule:
Peppermint oil should not be taken immediately after food. 

This schedule is for reference only, adjustments may be made according to individual needs.

Some common medications Peppermint oil may interact with:
No known significant interactions.

Please notify your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking the above medication, dosage adjustments might be needed.

Where to buy Peppermint oil in Hong Kong?

In Hong Kong, Peppermint oil is an over-the-counter medicine and can be purchased without a prescription from any retail outlet in Hong Kong. This includes grocery stores, convenience stores, medicine shops, and pharmacies. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.

For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at https://www.drugoffice.gov.hk

Need more information?

For detailed information about the use of Peppermint oil in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.

Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.