Scopoderm is a treatment for travel sickness that is often regarded as one of the most convenient ways to manage things like nausea and discomfort during travel. Scopoderm patches contain the ingredient hyoscine hydrobromide, which is a form of medicine that belongs to the antimuscarinic family. This substance can be used to treat the symptoms that happen when the brain receives contradictory information about what the eyes see is happening, and what the body senses. In many cases, travel sickness can be linked to the inner ear – the fluid filled canals in the vestibular system that detect changes in the way that the body is positioned during motion. Usually, motion sickness will occur when the system sends a message to the brain that tells the mind that you are moving, even though your body is actually stationary. Scopoderm works by stopping the messages that your vestibular system sends to your brain, which causes you to vomit. Scopoderm interacts with the vomiting centre of the brain which coordinates your vomiting reflex. Patches of Scopoderm need to eb applied at least a few hours before travel to be as effective as possible. Once vomiting or sickness has already begun, it's very difficult to control. This medicine passes from your patch into your skin and through the bloodstream.
Scopoderm is a treatment used for the management of travel sickness symptoms. This substance contains an active ingredient called hyoscine hydrobromide, which is a kind of medicine which can help to prevent sickness caused by negative reactions to motion.
What is Scopoderm?
Scopoderm is a treatment for travel sickness that is often regarded as one of the most convenient ways to manage things like nausea and discomfort during travel. Scopoderm patches contain the ingredient hyoscine hydrobromide, which is a form of medicine that belongs to the antimuscarinic family. This substance can be used to treat the symptoms that happen when the brain receives contradictory information about what the eyes see is happening, and what the body senses.
In many cases, travel sickness can be linked to the inner ear – the fluid filled canals in the vestibular system that detect changes in the way that the body is positioned during motion. Usually, motion sickness will occur when the system sends a message to the brain that tells the mind that you are moving, even though your body is actually stationary.
Scopoderm works by stopping the messages that your vestibular system sends to your brain, which causes you to vomit. Scopoderm interacts with the vomiting centre of the brain which coordinates your vomiting reflex.
Patches of Scopoderm need to eb applied at least a few hours before travel to be as effective as possible. Once vomiting or sickness has already begun, it’s very difficult to control. This medicine passes from your patch into your skin and through the bloodstream.
When is Scopoderm used?
Scopoderm patches are very effective in treating various kinds of travel sickness and motion. This medication is particularly useful for people who are planning a long treatment. For instance, you might be given Scopoderm if you are planning a coach trip or a cruise. When travelling, it’s also possible to begin to feel sick even if you’re going a short distance.
Your doctor will prescribe Scopoderm if they think that a patch is the best treatment for you to help you manage your symptoms when you’re travelling. When used correctly, Scopoderm is very effective at preventing the symptoms that are associated with travel sickness. This medication is also particularly easy to use.
How do you use Scopoderm?
Your doctor will advise you on how to use Scopoderm when he provides a prescription for this medication. If you are self-treating, then you can find instructions on how to use this substance properly within the patient leaflet that is provided for Scopoderm. You will need to follow these instructions carefully. If you are confused or have any questions, speak to a doctor or pharmacist.
Before applying a Scopoderm patch to the skin, make sure that the area that you’re going to apply the patch to is clean and dry. The area of skin needs to be hairless to ensure that the patch can stick properly. Usually, the skin behind the ear is the best option for Scopoderm patches. You will need to place the patch on your skin at least five or six hours before you are due to travel. Do not use this patch on irritated or broken skin.
A single patch of Scopoderm should be suitable for preventing travel sickness for up to 72 hours. You can remove the patch at the end of the journey if you no longer need it and apply a patch behind the ear again after 72 hours if you need another dose. Do not apply multiple patches to the skin at the same time or use this substance more frequently than your doctor recommends.
Wash your hands thoroughly after applying Scopoderm. Doctors will also recommend washing the area where the patch was applied after you remove this substance. This should avoid accidentally transferring any of the medication to your eyes, which can cause vision problems and other side effects. When using Scopoderm, make sure that you don’t get the patch wet. Short contact with water should not affect it. If your patch falls off, you will need to replace it with a new one, do not try to reuse the old patch.
What dosages are available?
Unless your doctor suggests a different dosage, the common dose of Scopoderm is one patch placed behind the ear at least 6 to 15 hours before you are ready to depart. This patch will last for up to 72 hours at a time. If you arrive at your destination earlier, you can remove the patch and wash the area.
You should not use more of these patches than recommended by your doctor. For more advice on how to use Scopoderm, read the package leaflet. This medication is not suitable for children under the age of 18.
What are the side effects of Scopoderm?
Like all medications, it is possible that you will experience some unwanted side effects when using Scopoderm. If your side effects are mild, then your doctor may recommend that you should continue using this medication, as the side effects may go away on their own. You may experience side effects that haven’t been listed here.
Common side effects include:
- Drowsiness or sleepiness
- Problems with focusing
- Blurred vision or problems focusing
- Dilated pupils
You may notice that your skin becomes irritated or uncomfortable at the application site after you first apply Scopoderm. Additionally, some people will suffer from slightly more unusual and dangerous side effects when taking this medication. For instance, if you feel confused, disoriented, or have hallucinations, this could be a dangerous sign. Make sure you contact your doctor or a medical health expert immediately if you have these side effects.
It’s also important to seek medical attention if you have:
- Problems passing urine
- Issues with memory loss
- Difficulty concentrating
- Headaches, nausea or dizziness
If you notice a disturbance in your balance after removing the patch, speak to your doctor and ask for help. It is also possible to have an allergic reaction to this patch – although that is rare. Contact an emergency health provider immediately if you notice swelling at the application site, dizziness, breathlessness, or any other condition.
When shouldn't you use Scopoderm?
Scopoderm should not be used by children unless recommended by a doctor. Because of the side effects that Scopoderm can have with the eyes, it’s not a good idea to use this medication if you have a history of eye problems, including glaucoma. Do not use Scopoderm if you have any symptoms that indicate raised pressure in your eyes, such as pain in the eyes, blurred vision, or halos around your eyes. If you have these issues, you will need to get an eye examination before you are approved to use a Scopoderm patch.
It is important not to use Scopoderm if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in the patch, or the glue that is used to affix the patch to your skin. Some people have allergies to the glues in band aids and plasters so check with your doctor if you are concerned.
Other people who may not be suitable to use Scopoderm include:
- Elderly people who are more likely to have side effects
- People with liver or kidney disease
- People with issues passing urine
- People who have obstructions or blockages in their intestines or stomach
- People with narrowing of the outlet in the stomach that passes into the intestines
- People with epilepsy
At this time, the safety of Scopoderm for use during pregnancy isn’t fully established. Your doctor will need to assess your condition carefully before suggesting Scopoderm. This should not be used during pregnancy unless you are in the first trimester. There’s a risk that this substance could also pass into breast milk, although it’s likely to only be in small doses.
Does Scopoderm interact with any other medications?
It’s important to tell your pharmacist if you are taking any other substances before you begin to use a travel sickness aid like Scopoderm. Sometimes, this medication may interact with other substances in a dangerous manner, which could increase your risk of suffering from side effects. You should check with your doctor about taking any new medications when using this one, as this will help to ensure that the combination is safe.
There is an increased risk of drowsiness when Scopoderm is used with medications like sedating antihistamines, antipsychotic medicines, or benzodiazepines. You may also have a higher risk of drowsiness when using these patches with sleeping tablets, strong opioids, and antidepressants in the tricyclic family.
Research suggests that your risk of antimuscarinic side effects are slightly increased when you take this substance with other medicines that have antimuscarinic effects. This could lead to symptoms like problems with passing urine, a dry mouth or blurred vision.
Where can you buy Scopoderm?
Scopoderm is currently available to purchase at various registered pharmacies around the EU. If you want to arrange for us to prepare this medication for you at an EU pharmacy, contact the team.
Can you get Scopoderm without a prescription?
Scopoderm is not available without a prescription. You will need a consultation with a medical professional to ensure that the substances is right for you. Avoid taking Scopoderm without having a consultation first.
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