scopolamine transdermal (cont.)
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What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using scopolamine transdermal (Transderm-Scop)?
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to scopolamine or similar medications such as methscopolamine (Pamine) or hyoscyamine (Hyospaz, Levsin, Symax), or if you have narrow-angle glaucoma.
If you have any of these other conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely use this medication:
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether scopolamine transdermal will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.
Scopolamine can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of scopolamine transdermal.
Do not use this medication on a child.
How should I use scopolamine transdermal (Transderm-Scop)?
Use exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
The scopolamine transdermal skin patch is applied to a hairless area of skin just behind your ear.
Wear only 1 patch at a time. Do not cut or tear the patch.
For preventing motion sickness, the skin patch should be applied at least 4 hours before you will be exposed to a situation that may cause motion sickness.
For preventing nausea and vomiting after surgery, the skin patch is usually applied the evening before surgery. Keep wearing the patch for 24 hours after your surgery, then remove it and throw it away.
If the skin patch falls off, replace it with a new one.
One patch may be worn for up to 3 days. If you need to use the medication for longer than 3 days, remove the patch and place a new one behind your other ear.
After removing a patch, fold it closed with the sticky side in, and throw it away in a place where pets and children cannot reach it.
Always wash your hands with soap and water after handling a scopolamine transdermal skin patch, whether you are applying it or removing it. To make sure there are no traces of this medication left on your skin after a patch is removed, wash the skin behind your ear where the patch was worn. Use soap and water and then dry thoroughly.
You may have withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, headache, muscle weakness, and severe dizziness when you stop using scopolamine transdermal. Ask your doctor how to avoid withdrawal symptoms when you stop using this medication.
If you are pregnant and are using this medication before a C-section, you may apply the patch 1 hour before your scheduled surgery.
This medication can cause you to have unusual results with certain medical tests. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using scopolamine transdermal.
The scopolamine transdermal patch may burn your skin if you wear the patch during an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging). Remove the patch before undergoing such a test.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep each patch in its foil wrapper until you are ready to apply a patch.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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