Scopolamine (Topical)

Scopolamine (On The Skin)

Scopolamine (scoe-POL-a-meen)

Prevents nausea and vomiting caused by motion sickness in adults.

Brand Name(s):

Transderm Scop
There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used:

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to scopolamine.

How to Use This Medicine:


  • Your doctor will tell you how much to use and how often.  
  • This medicine comes with a patient information sheet. Read it carefully before using.  
  • Wash and dry your hands before applying the patch.  
  • Tear open the package carefully; do not cut it open.  
  • Take the liner off the sticky side before applying.  
  • Apply the patch to dry skin behind the ear.  
  • If the patch is loose or falls off, apply a new patch at a different place behind the ear.  
  • If treatment is needed for more than 3 days, apply a new patch.  
  • After you take off the patch, wash the place where the patch was and your hands thoroughly.

If a dose is missed:

  • Apply the missed dose as soon as possible.  
  • If it is almost time for your next dose, apply a new patch and return to your regular dosing schedule.  
  • Do not apply two patches at once.

How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine:

  • Fold the old patch in half and throw it away where children and pets can not reach it.  
  • Store at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.  
  • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid:

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Do not drink alcohol while wearing the patch.  
  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are taking any medicines that make you sleepy such as sleeping pills, cold and allergy medicine, narcotic pain killers, or tranquilizers.

Warnings While Using This Medicine:

  • Talk with your doctor before using the patch if you have glaucoma, lung disease, prostate problems, trouble urinating, heart disease, or any other medical problems.  
  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, talk to your doctor before you use this medicine.  
  • This medicine may cause drowsiness. Be careful while driving a car, using machinery or doing dangerous jobs.  
  • This medicine may make you sweat less and cause your body to get too hot. Be careful in hot weather, when you are exercising, or if using a sauna or whirlpool.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine:

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Severe skin rash or hives  
  • Confusion or memory loss  
  • Cannot go to the bathroom (urinate)  
  • Severe eye pain

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Dry mouth, nose, throat, or skin  
  • Drowsiness  
  • Constipation  
  • Blurred vision.  
  • Dry, itchy or red eyes

Johns Hopkins patient information

Copyright 1996-2014 Cerner Multum, Inc. Version: 16.02.
Revision date: July 7, 2011
Last revised: by Dave R. Roger, M.D.

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