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Therapeutic Class: Antivertigo
Pharmacologic Class: Antimuscarinic
Scopolamine transdermal is used to prevent nausea and vomiting after anesthesia and surgery. It is also used to prevent the nausea and vomiting of motion sickness.
Scopolamine belongs to the group of medicines called anticholinergics. It works on the central nervous system (CNS) to create a calming effect on the muscles in the stomach and intestines (gut).
scopolamine is available only with your doctor's prescription.
In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For scopolamine, the following should be considered:
Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to scopolamine or any other medicines. Also tell your health care professional if you have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. For non-prescription products, read the label or package ingredients carefully.
Appropriate studies have not been performed on the relationship of age to the effects of scopolamine transdermal in the pediatric population. Safety and efficacy have not been established.
No information is available on the relationship of age to the effects of scopolamine transdermal in geriatric patients. However, elderly patients are more likely to have age-related liver or kidney problems, which may require caution in patients receiving scopolamine transdermal.
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There are no adequate studies in women for determining infant risk when using this medication during breastfeeding. Weigh the potential benefits against the potential risks before taking this medication while breastfeeding.
Using scopolamine with any of the following medicines is not recommended. Your doctor may decide not to treat you with this medication or change some of the other medicines you take.
Certain medicines should not be used at or around the time of eating food or eating certain types of food since interactions may occur. Using alcohol or tobacco with certain medicines may also cause interactions to occur. Discuss with your healthcare professional the use of your medicine with food, alcohol, or tobacco.
The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of scopolamine. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially:
Use scopolamine exactly as directed by your doctor. It will only work if applied correctly.
To use the patch:
The dose of scopolamine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of scopolamine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.
The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.
If you forget to wear or change a patch, put one on as soon as you can. If it is almost time to put on your next patch, wait until then to apply a new patch and skip the one you missed. Do not apply extra patches to make up for a missed dose.
Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.
Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.
After removing a used patch, fold the patch in half with the sticky sides together. Make sure to dispose of it out of the reach of children and pets.
If you use scopolamine for several days, it is important that your doctor check your progress to make sure that scopolamine is working properly and to decide if you should continue to use it.
scopolamine may cause drowsiness, trouble with thinking, or trouble with seeing clearly. Make sure you know how you react to scopolamine before you drive, use machines, or do other jobs that require you to be alert, well-coordinated, or able to think or see well.
If you develop any unusual or strange thoughts and behavior while using scopolamine transdermal, be sure to discuss it with your doctor. Some changes that have occurred in people receiving scopolamine are like those seen in people who drink too much alcohol. Other changes might be confusion, delusions, hallucinations (seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there), and unusual excitement, nervousness, or irritability.
Tell the doctor in charge that you are using scopolamine before having a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan. Skin burns may occur at the site where the patch is worn during this procedure. Ask your doctor if the patch should be removed before having an MRI scan. You might need to put on a new patch after the procedure.
Scopolamine transdermal will add to the effects of alcohol and other central nervous system (CNS) depressants (medicines that slow down the nervous system, possibly causing drowsiness). Some examples of CNS depressants are antihistamines or medicine for allergies or colds; sedatives, tranquilizers, or sleeping medicine; prescription pain medicine or narcotics; barbiturates or medicine for seizures; muscle relaxants; or anesthetics, including some dental anesthetics. Check with your doctor before taking any of the above while you are using scopolamine.
Scopolamine transdermal may cause dry mouth. For temporary relief, use sugarless candy or gum, melt bits of ice in your mouth, or use a saliva substitute. However, if your mouth continues to feel dry for more than 2 weeks, check with your medical doctor or dentist. Continuing dryness of the mouth may increase the chance of dental disease, including tooth decay, gum disease, and fungus infections.
Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:Incidence not known
Get emergency help immediately if any of the following symptoms of overdose occur:Symptoms of overdose
Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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