scopolamine (generic name)

Transderm-Scop (brand name)

It helps to prevent nausea and vomiting associated with motion sickness
(skoe POL a meen)
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What is this medicine?

SCOPOLAMINE (skoe POL a meen) helps to prevent nausea and vomiting associated with motion sickness. This medicine is also used to help with symptoms of irritable bowel or other intestinal problems. It is also used for the symptomatic treatment of Parkinson's disease.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • difficulty passing urine
  • glaucoma
  • kidney disease
  • liver disease
  • stomach obstruction
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to scopolamine, atropine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Do not take this medicine more often than directed.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • medicines for hay fever and other allergies
  • medicines for mental depression

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

You may get drowsy, dizzy, or have blurred vision. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that requires mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. To reduce the risk of dizzy or fainting spells, do not sit or stand up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. Alcohol can make you more drowsy. Avoid alcoholic drinks.

Your mouth may get dry. Chewing sugarless gum or sucking hard candy, and drinking plenty of water may help. Contact your doctor if the problem does not go away or is severe.

This medicine may cause dry eyes and blurred vision. If you wear contact lenses you may feel some discomfort. Lubricating drops may help. See your eye doctor if the problem does not go away or is severe.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • agitation, nervousness, confusion
  • severe dizziness
  • hallucinations
  • pain or difficulty passing urine
  • palpitations
  • skin rash, itching
  • vomiting

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • flushing
  • headache
  • nausea
  • tiredness

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

Last Updated: August 19, 2009
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