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Brand Names: Transderm-Scop

Generic Name: scopolamine transdermal (Pronunciation: skoe PAL a meen)

What is scopolamine transdermal (Transderm-Scop)?

Scopolamine reduces the secretions of certain organs in the body, such as the stomach.

Scopolamine transdermal is used to prevent nausea and vomiting caused by motion sickness or from anesthesia given during surgery.

Scopolamine transdermal may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of scopolamine transdermal (Transderm-Scop)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Remove the scopolamine transdermal patch and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:

  • eye pain or redness, seeing halos around lights;
  • blurred vision and increased sensitivity to light;
  • confusion, agitation, extreme fear, hallucinations, unusual thoughts or behavior; or
  • urinating less than usual or not at all.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • drowsiness, dizziness;
  • dry mouth;
  • dry or itchy eyes;
  • feeling restless;
  • memory problems; or
  • mild itching or skin rash.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about 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.

Before using scopolamine transdermal, tell your doctor if you have glaucoma, kidney or liver disease, epilepsy or other seizure disorder, a blockage in your intestines, or if you have a bladder obstruction or are unable to urinate.

Also tell your doctor if you regularly use other medicines that make you sleepy (such as cold or allergy medicine, sedatives, narcotic pain medicine, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, and medicine for seizures, depression, or anxiety). They can add to sleepiness caused by scopolamine.

Scopolamine slows the digestive tract, which can make it harder for your body to absorb any medicines you take by mouth. Tell your doctor if any of your oral medications do not seem to work as well while you are using scopolamine transdermal.

Scopolamine transdermal may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert.

Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as eye pain or redness, seeing halos around lights, blurred vision and increased sensitivity to light, hallucinations, unusual thoughts or behavior, or urinating less than usual.

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.

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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