Generic Name: scopolamine transdermal (skoe PAL a meen)Brand Names: Transderm-Scop
Scopolamine reduces the secretions of certain organs in the body, such as the stomach.
Scopolamine transdermal is used to prevent nausea and vomiting caused by motion sickness or from anesthesia given during surgery.
Scopolamine transdermal may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.What is the most important information I should know about scopolamine transdermal?You should not use this medication if you are allergic to scopolamine or similar medications such as methscopolamine (Pamine) or hyoscyamine (Hyospaz, Levsin, Symax), or if you have narrow-angle glaucoma.
Before using scopolamine transdermal, tell your doctor if you have glaucoma, kidney or liver disease, epilepsy or other seizure disorder, a blockage in your intestines, or if you have a bladder obstruction or are unable to urinate.
Before using scopolamine transdermal, tell your doctor if you regularly use other medicines that make you sleepy (such as cold or allergy medicine, sedatives, narcotic pain medicine, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, and medicine for seizures, depression, or anxiety). They can add to sleepiness caused by scopolamine.
Scopolamine slows the digestive tract, which can make it harder for your body to absorb any 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.Scopolamine transdermal can cause side effects that may impair your vision, thinking, or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert and able to see clearly.
Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as eye pain or redness, seeing halos around lights, blurred vision and increased sensitivity to light, hallucinations, unusual thoughts or behavior; or urinating less than usual.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.What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using scopolamine transdermal?You should not use this medication if you are allergic to scopolamine or similar medications such as methscopolamine (Pamine) or hyoscyamine (Hyospaz, Levsin, Symax), or if you have narrow-angle glaucoma.
If you have any of these other conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely use this medication:
epilepsy or other seizure disorder;
a blockage in your intestines; or
if you have a bladder obstruction or are unable to urinate.
Use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use it in larger amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
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.
For preventing motion sickness, the skin patch should be applied at least 4 hours before you will be exposed to a situation that may cause motion sickness.
For preventing nausea and vomiting after surgery, the skin patch is usually applied the evening before surgery. Keep wearing the patch for 24 hours after your surgery, then remove it and throw it away.If you are pregnant and are using this medication before a C-section, you may apply the patch 1 hour before your scheduled surgery.
If the skin patch falls off, replace it with a new one.
One patch may be worn 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. To make sure there are no traces of this medication left on your skin after a patch is removed, wash the skin behind your ear where the patch was worn. Use soap and water and then dry thoroughly.
You may have withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, headache, muscle weakness, and severe dizziness when you stop using scopolamine transdermal. Talk to your doctor about how to avoid withdrawal symptoms when you stop using this medication.
This medication can cause you to have unusual results with certain medical tests. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using scopolamine transdermal.Store scopolamine transdermal skin patches at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep each patch in its foil wrapper until you are ready to apply a patch.
Since this medication is used only when needed, you will not be on a dosing schedule. For best results, the patch should be applied at least 4 hours before motion sickness may occur.
If you forget to apply the patch as directed before surgery, contact your doctor for instructions. Do not use extra patches to make up for applying the medication later than directed.
Overdose can cause vision problems, hallucinations, dry mouth, hot or dry skin, fast heartbeat, and seizure, or urinating less than usual.
eye pain or redness, seeing halos around lights;
blurred vision and increased sensitivity to light;
confusion, agitation, extreme fear, hallucinations, unusual thoughts or behavior; or
urinating less than usual or not at all.
Less serious side effects may include:
dry or itchy eyes;
memory problems; or
mild itching or skin rash.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Scopolamine slows the digestive tract, which can make it harder for your body to absorb any 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.
There may be other drugs that can interact with scopolamine transdermal. Tell your doctor about all your prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.