Transderm Scop, also known as Scopolamine, is a skin patch used to prevent nausea and vomiting caused by motion sickness or recovery from surgery or anesthesia. Transderm Scop works by correcting the imbalance of natural substances (acetylcholine and norepinephrine) that happen when a person becomes motion sick. These patches also block signals to the brain that trigger nausea and vomiting.
Peel off the backing of the patch and apply it to a clean, dry, hairless area of the skin behind the ear. Press on the patch firmly for 30 seconds. The patch will slowly release the medication into the body over 3 days. Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water immediately after handling the patches.
For motion sickness:
Apply the patch as directed by your doctor at least 4 hours before the activity that causes motion sickness. Replace the patch every 3 days until it is no longer needed.
For use post-surgery:
Apply the patch as directed by your doctor, usually the evening before surgery. If you are having a caesarean section, then the patch is applied 1 hour before surgery, so the baby’s exposure to the drug is limited. The patch is usually disposed of 24 hours after surgery.
Your doctor will prescribe Transderm Scop patches if they decide that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of the side effects.
Some common side effects may include:
Remove the patch right away if you experience:
How do I dispose of Transderm Scop patches?
Fold the patch in half, bringing the sticky sides together and throw away in the trash. Make sure you dispose of it properly so that children and pets cannot get to it.
Are there any drug interactions with Transderm Scop patches?
Tell your doctor if you are taking other products that cause drowsiness before taking this medication. Some common products that cause drowsiness include: