Scopolamine (Injection)

Introduction

Scopolamine (skoe-POL-a-meen)

Helps you relax during surgery or other medical procedure.

Brand Name(s)

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used

You should not receive this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to scopolamine, belladonna, or to barbiturates. You should not receive this medicine if you have a certain type of glaucoma.

How to Use This Medicine

Injectable

  • Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often it should be given. This medicine is given as a shot under your skin, into a muscle, or into a vein.
  • A nurse or other trained health professional will give you this medicine.

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.
  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are using antacid medicines, medicine for depression (such as amitriptyline, doxepin, nortriptyline, Elavil®, Pamelor®, or Sinequan®), or phenothiazines (such as Compazine®, Phenergan®, Serentil®, or Thorazine®). Tell your doctor about all other medicines you are using.

Warnings While Using This Medicine

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breast feeding.
  • Make sure your doctor knows if you have lung disease such as emphysema, an overactive thyroid gland, an enlarged prostate gland, asthma, allergies, heart disease, heart failure, high blood pressure, heart rhythm problems, or Parkinson's disease.
  • This medicine may make you dizzy or drowsy, or cause blurred vision. Avoid driving, using machines, or doing anything else that could be dangerous if you are not alert or cannot see well.
  • This medicine may make your eyes sensitive to light. Wear sunglasses if you go outside.
  • This medicine may make you sweat less and cause your body to get too hot. Be careful in hot weather, especially if you are exercising or working.
  • 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.

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.
  • Decrease in how much or how often you urinate.
  • Fast heartbeat.
  • Hallucinations (seeing things that aren't there).

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

  • Constipation.
  • Dry mouth or dry skin.
  • Increased thirst or difficulty in swallowing.
  • Pain, itching, swelling, burning, or lump under your skin at the site of injection.
  • Problems with walking.
  • Toothache.
  • Tremors or restlessness.
  • Warmth or redness in your face, neck, arms, or upper chest.

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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