Scopolamine (Absorbed through the skin)

Introduction

Scopolamine (skoe-POL-a-meen)

Prevents nausea and vomiting caused by motion sickness or anesthesia and surgery in adults.

Brand Name(s)

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

Transderm Scop

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to scopolamine, or if you have narrow angle glaucoma.

How to Use This Medicine

Patch

  • Your doctor will tell you how many patches to use, where to apply them, and how often to apply them. Do not use more patches or apply them more often than your doctor tells you to.
  • This medicine comes with patient instructions. Read and follow these instructions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
  • To prevent motion sickness, apply the patch at least 4 hours before you need it.
  • Wash and dry your hands thoroughly before applying the patch.
  • Leave the patch in its sealed wrapper until you are ready to put it on. Tear the wrapper open carefully. NEVER CUT the wrapper or the patch with scissors. Do not use any patch that has been cut by accident.
  • Take the liner off the sticky side before applying.
  • Apply the patch to dry, hairless skin behind the ear.
  • If the patch is loose or falls off, apply a new patch at a different place behind the ear.
  • After you take off the patch, wash the place where the patch was and your hands thoroughly.
  • Only one patch should be used at any time.

If a dose is missed:

  • 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.

How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine

  • Store the patches at room temperature in a closed container, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
  • Fold the used patch in half with the sticky sides together. Throw any used patch away so that children or pets cannot get to it. You will also need to throw away old patches after the expiration date has passed.
  • Keep all medicine away from children and never share your medicine with anyone.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Tell your doctor if you are using any medicines that make you sleepy. These include sleeping pills, cold and allergy medicine, narcotic pain relievers, and sedatives.
  • Do not drink alcohol while you are using this medicine.

Warnings While Using This Medicine

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have glaucoma, prostate problems, trouble urinating, blocked bowels, liver disease, kidney disease, or a history of seizures or mental illness.
  • This medicine can cause blurring of vision and other vision problems if it comes in contact with the eyes. This medicine may also cause problems with urination. If any of these reactions occur, remove the patch and call your doctor right away.
  • This medicine may make you dizzy or drowsy. Avoid driving, using machines, or doing anything else that could be dangerous if you are not alert. If you plan to participate in underwater sports, this medicine may cause disorienting effects. If this is a concern for you, talk with your doctor.
  • This medicine may make you sweat less and cause your body to get too hot. Be careful in hot weather, when you are exercising, or if using a sauna or whirlpool.
  • Make sure any doctor or dentist who treats you knows that you are using this medicine. This medicine may affect the results of certain medical tests.
  • Skin burns have been reported at the patch site in several patients wearing an aluminized transdermal system during a magnetic resonance imaging scan (MRI). Because Transderm Scop® contains aluminum, it is recommended to remove the system before undergoing an MRI.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing.
  • Blurred vision.
  • Confusion or memory loss.
  • Fast, slow, or uneven heartbeat.
  • Lightheadedness, dizziness, drowsiness, or fainting.
  • Seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there.
  • Severe eye pain.
  • Trouble urinating.

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Dry mouth.
  • Dry, itchy, or red eyes.
  • Restlessness.
  • Skin rash or redness.

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088

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