Transderm Scop

Generic Name: Scopolamine

  • What is this medication and its most common uses?

    Transderm Scop is a medicine used to prevent nausea and vomiting associated with motion sickness. It also helps to prevent nausea and vomiting associated with anesthesia or the use of certain painkillers during or after surgery. Transderm Scop is available as a patch applied to the skin behind the ear.

  • What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?

    How does this medication work?

    Transderm Scop works in your central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) by helping to reduce activity in the area of the brain that controls vomiting.

    What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?

    What: Transderm Scop has been shown to reduce the occurrence of nausea and vomiting.

    When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions. It is important that you use Transderm Scop exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed.

    How do I know it is working?

    Your healthcare provider may ask you questions from time to time to assess how well your symptoms are controlled with treatment.

  • What are the possible side effects of this medication?

    The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.

    Motion Sickness

    More common side effects may include: blurred vision, drowsiness, dry mouth.

    Nausea and Vomiting Associated with Surgery

    More common side effects may include: confusion, dilated pupils, dizziness, dry mouth, impaired vision, problems urinating, restlessness, sleepiness, sore throat.

    Less common side effects of Transderm Scop may include:

    Increased pressure in your eyes, especially if you have a condition called open angle glaucoma (high pressure in your eye), with symptoms such as pain, reddening of the eyes, or dilated pupils.

    Transderm Scop may also worsen existing seizure or mental health problems, or may cause confusion, hallucinations, paranoia, or delusions.

  • Who should not take this medication?

    Do not use Transderm Scop if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

    Do not use Transderm Scop if you have glaucoma.

  • What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?

    Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Transderm Scop. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have glaucoma; heart, kidney, or liver problems; a blockage in your stomach or intestines; trouble urinating due to an enlarged prostate or obstruction in your bladder; history of seizures or mental health problems; or if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.

    Motion Sickness

    Adults: Apply 1 patch to the hairless area behind one ear at least 4 hours before the effects of the medicine are needed.

    Nausea and Vomiting Associated with Surgery

    Adults: Apply 1 patch to the hairless area behind one ear on the evening before the surgery is scheduled. Keep the patch in place for 24 hours after surgery, as directed by your healthcare provider.

    It is important that you do not stop using this medication abruptly before your treatment is complete. If you need to change or stop using this medication, it is important that you only do this with the guidance of your healthcare provider.

  • How should I take this medication?

    Use Transderm Scop exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not change your dose or stop using Transderm Scop without first talking to your healthcare provider.

    Use only one patch at any time. Do not cut the patch.

    If you are using Transderm Scop for motion sickness, you can use each patch for up to 3 days. If you need the treatment for longer than 3 days, remove the old patch and replace it with a new one.

    Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water immediately after handling the patch, so that any medicine that might get on your hands will not come into contact with your eyes.

    Please review the instructions that came with your prescription on how to properly use Transderm Scop.

  • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

    Do not drink alcohol while you are using Transderm Scop.

    Do not drive a car, operate heavy machinery, or engage in other dangerous activities, such as underwater sports until you know how Transderm Scop affects you.

    Do not wear Transderm Scop if you are undergoing a magnetic resonance imaging scan (MRI). Transderm Scop contains aluminum, which may cause skin burns if worn during an MRI.

  • What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?

    If Transderm Scop is used with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your healthcare provider before combining Transderm Scop with the following: alcohol, antihistamines (such as meclizine), belladonna, certain antidepressants (such as amitriptyline or nortriptyline), medications that slow down your brain function or may make you sleepy (such as alprazolam or diazepam), or muscle relaxants (such as cyclobenzaprine or carisoprodol).

  • May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Transderm Scop during pregnancy are unknown. Transderm Scop can be found in your breast milk if you use it while breastfeeding. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?

    Transderm Scop should be applied under special circumstances determined by your healthcare provider. If you miss your scheduled dose, contact your healthcare provider or pharmacist for advice.

  • How should I store this medication?

    Store at room temperature.