What is Scopoderm?
Scopoderm patches contain the active ingredient scopolamine. This medication belongs to the group of antiemetics which are drugs that help against nausea and sickness. The active ingredient is absorbed through the skin into the blood. The effect can last up to three days. Scopoderm is a prescription-only medicine.
What is this medication used for?
Scopoderm patches are used in order to prevent motion sickness (such as car sickness, air sickness and sea sickness). When somebody suffers from motion sickness, his/her vestibular organ is distressed due to the movement of the vehicle. This leads to complaints such as nausea, dizziness and vomiting. Scopoderm reduces the stimulation of the emetic centre of the brain which prevents the complaints from coming up or will at least ease the complaints (when the patch is used too late).
How to use Scopoderm?
Stick the patch onto a clean, dry and hairless area behind the ear. Do this at least six hours before departure so that the body has enough time to absorb the active ingredient. Wash your hands thoroughly after applying the plaster and prevent the substance coming in contact with the eyes! Please try to keep the patch dry so that it won't come loose. A short bath or shower is in most cases not a problem, though. If the patch should become loose, then apply a new one behind your ear.
Apply one patch behind your ear, approximately 6 to 15 hours before departure. The effect of a Scopoderm patch last about three days. If you arrive at your destination earlier than planned, then you can remove the patch immediately. Afterwards, please wash the area thoroughly. If you are travelling for longer than three days, then it is possible to replace the old patch with a new one. In the package leaflet you will find more information on how the patch has to be applied. Scopoderm should not be used by children under the age of 18 years.
When you use Scopoderm, certain side effects can occur, such as:
- a dry mouth;
- drowsiness or tiredness;
- blurred vision, sensitivity to bright light.
If you suffer from any of these side effects, then please contact your doctor. The package leaflet contains more information on this topic.
When not to use Scopoderm?
Scopoderm is not suitable for everybody. Do not use the patches, if:
- you have a sensitivity to scopolamine or one of the other ingredients of the patches;
- you suffer from glaucoma (eye disease).
If you suffer from epilepsy, a gastrointestinal disease, an eye disease or any other illness, then please consult the doctor before using the plasters. Are you using or taking any other medication? Please let the doctor know about any other drugs you are taking. There are some medications that interact with the patches. You can find a complete list of contraindications, combination effects and any other warnings in the package leaflet.
If you are pregnant, only use this medication after a consultation with the doctor! Scopoderm should not be used during breastfeeding a child. Please consult the doctor about a safer alternative.
Scopoderm sometimes causes dizziness, drowsiness and a blurred vision. Therefore, it can influence your responsiveness immensely. Do not drive when using this patch!
It is best to avoid any alcohol consumption in combination with this patch because it can increase the side effects that are caused by the medication.