What is scopolamine transdermal?
Scopolamine reduces the secretions of certain organs in the body, such as the stomach.
Scopolamine transdermal may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Before taking this medicine
You should not use this medicine if you are allergic to scopolamine or similar medicines such as methscopolamine, hyoscyamine, or atropine, or if you have:
To make sure scopolamine is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had:
liver or kidney disease;
epilepsy or other seizure disorder;
urination problems; or
a blockage in your digestive tract (stomach or intestines).
It is not known whether this medicine will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
Scopolamine transdermal can pass into breast milk and may affect the nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding.
Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of scopolamine transdermal.
Scopolamine transdermal is not approved for use by anyone younger than 18 years old.
How should I use scopolamine transdermal?
Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not use this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Do not take by mouth. Scopolamine transdermal is for use only on the skin.
Read all patient information, medication guides, and instruction sheets provided to you. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
The scopolamine transdermal skin patch is applied to a hairless area of skin just behind your ear.
Wear only 1 patch at a time. Do not cut or tear the patch.
To prevent motion sickness, apply the skin patch at least 4 hours before you will be exposed to a situation that may cause motion sickness.
If you are pregnant and are using this medication before a C-section, apply the patch 1 hour before your scheduled surgery.
If the skin patch falls off, replace it with a new one. Limit the amount of time you spend in water (swimming or bathing) or the patch may fall off.
You may wear the skin patch for up to 3 days. If you need to use the medication for longer than 3 days, remove the patch and place a new one behind your other ear.
After removing a patch, fold it closed with the sticky side in, and throw it away in a place where pets and children cannot reach it.
Always wash your hands with soap and water after handling a scopolamine transdermal skin patch, whether you are applying it or removing it. Also wash the skin behind your ear where the patch was worn. Use soap and water and then dry thoroughly.
This medicine can cause unusual results with certain medical tests. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using scopolamine transdermal.
The scopolamine transdermal patch may burn your skin if you wear the patch during an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging). Remove the patch before undergoing such a test.
You may have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms when you stop using scopolamine transdermal. Ask your doctor how to safely stop using this medicine.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep each patch in its foil wrapper until you are ready to apply a patch.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Since scopolamine transdermal is used when needed, you may not be on a dosing schedule. If you are on a schedule, use the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
Call your doctor for instructions if you forget to apply the patch as directed before surgery.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
What should I avoid while using scopolamine transdermal?
Avoid touching your eyes just after applying a scopolamine transdermal skin patch. The medication contained in the patch can dilate your pupils and cause blurred vision.
Scopolamine transdermal may impair your thinking or reactions. You may feel drowsy, confused, lost, or disoriented. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert. Avoid driving, water sports, or operating machinery until you know how this medicine will affect you.
Drinking alcohol with this medicine can cause side effects.
Scopolamine transdermal side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Remove the skin patch and call your doctor at once if you have:
eye pain or redness, blurred vision, dilated pupils;
decreased urination, painful or difficult urination;
stomach pain, nausea, vomiting;
a seizure; or
confusion, agitation, extreme fear, hallucinations, unusual thoughts or behavior.
Common side effects may include:
eye redness, dryness, or itching;
memory problems; or
mild itching or skin rash.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
See also: Side effects (in more detail)
Scopolamine transdermal dosing information
Usual Adult Dose for Nausea/Vomiting:
Post-operative nausea and vomiting: Apply one patch to the hairless area behind the ear the evening before scheduled surgery
Cesarean section surgery: Apply one patch to the hairless area behind the ear one hour prior to surgery (to minimize exposure of the newborn)
Duration of therapy: Keep patch in place for 24 hours following surgery
Use: Post-operative nausea and vomiting
Usual Adult Dose for Motion Sickness:
Apply one patch to the hairless area behind the ear at least 4 hours before antiemetic effect is needed
-Replace every 3 days as needed
What other drugs will affect scopolamine transdermal?
Scopolamine slows the digestive tract, which can make it harder for your body to absorb other medicines you take by mouth. Tell your doctor if any of your oral medications do not seem to work as well while you are using scopolamine transdermal.
Using scopolamine with other drugs that make you sleepy can worsen this effect. Ask your doctor before taking a sleeping pill, narcotic medication, muscle relaxer, or medicine for anxiety, depression, or seizures.
Tell your doctor about all your current medicines and any you start or stop using, especially:
medicine to treat Parkinson's disease;
This list is not complete. Other drugs may interact with scopolamine, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible interactions are listed in this medication guide.
More about scopolamine
- Side Effects
- During Pregnancy or Breastfeeding
- Dosage Information
- Drug Interactions
- Support Group
- Pricing & Coupons
- 117 Reviews – Add your own review/rating
- Drug class: anticholinergic antiemetics
- Scopolamine Injection
- Scopolamine Transdermal Patch
- Scopolamine Transdermal (Advanced Reading)
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Where can I get more information?
- Your pharmacist can provide more information about scopolamine transdermal.
- Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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