Scopoderm patches are used to prevent motion sickness. The contain the active ingredient hyoscine hydrobromide, a antimuscarinic which prevents the brain from triggering vomiting during travel.
Travel sickness is thought to occur when the brain receives conflicting information from the body. The inner-ear canals, known as the vestibular system, are responsible for balance and detecting changes in the body’s position. Motion sickness is caused by the vestibular system telling the brain that the body is moving, while the eyes are telling the brain that the body is stationary.
Scopoderm patches contain the active ingredient hyoscine hydrobromide, an antimuscarinic. Hyoscine hydrobromide works by interrupting the messages sent from the vestibular system to the part of the brain which triggers vomiting. Scopoderm patches work best in a preventative capacity, as the active ingredient needs time to be transferred through the skin into the bloodstream
Scopoderm patches are effective in preventing sickness brought on by motion, such as travel by car, boat or train. They work by preventing confusion in the brain brought on by conflicting messages sent by the eyes and the vestibular system.
For best results, one patch should be applied 5 - 6 hours before travel.
Scopoderm patches can prevent travel sickness for up to 72 hours.
The active ingredient in Scopoderm patches is hyoscine hydrobromide.
The inactive ingredients in Scopoderm patches are light mineral oil, polyisobutylene, and polypropylene.
Scopoderm patches should not be cut in half, as this may interfere with the mechanism of transferal.
Always use Scopoderm patches as instructed by a doctor or pharmacist. One patch should be applied 5 - 6 hours before travel. Wash and dry your hands thoroughly before removing the patch from the sachet. Peel off the clear backing and press the silver patch onto a clean, dry, hairless are of skin behind your ear. Wash your hands after applying, and do not touch the patch after it has been applied. If you accidentally touch the patch, wash your hands immediately.
Once you finish your journey, remove the patch and dispose of it carefully. If you forget to apply a patch, apply it as soon as you remember. Never apply two patches at once.
Apply 1 x 1.5 mg patch no more than once every 3 days.
Scopoderm patches should be applied to a dry, hairless area of skin behind the ear.
Like all medications, Scopoderm patches can cause side effects in some patients. If you experience symptoms of a rare but severe allergic reaction, including difficulty breathing or swallowing, severe itching or rash, or swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat, remove the patch and seek immediate medical attention.
Other side effects of scopoderm patches include:
Before using Scopoderm patches, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including those purchased over the counter without a prescription. In particular, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any of the following:
Do NOT use scopoderm patches if:
Before using Scopoderm patches, speak to a doctor for additional advice if:
Scopoderm patches may cause you to feel drowsy, dizzy or confused. If you experience this, do not try to drive or operate heavy machinery until the feeling has completely passed. These side effects can continue for up to 24 hours after patches have been removed.
You should not us scopoderm patches when pregnant or breastfeeding unless instructed to do so by a doctor.
Do not drink alcohol while using Scopoderm patches, or for 24 hours after removal. This can cause you to feel dizzy or drowsy.
Kwells tablets contain the same active ingredient as Scopoderm patches, but are taken orally. Scopoderm patches are a popular choice for anyone who struggles to swallow tablets, or in the event that sickness prevents you from being able to keep tablets down.
While Scopoderm patches contain hyoscine hydrobromide, an antimuscarinic, Avomine is an antihistamine that can be used to treat sickness that is triggered by motion and other factors. Avomine is also an effective treatment for vertigo.
Scopoderm patches contain hyoscine hydrobromide, which is one of the most commonly used active ingredients in travel sickness medications. You should consult a doctor for advice before using Scopoderm patches with other travel sickness medications.
Scopoderm patches require a prescription from a doctor and are thought to be more effective than over-the-counter alternatives.
Scopoderm is not recommended for use in children under the age of 10. Children over the age of 10 can use the patches at the same dose as adults.
Scopoderm patches are most effective if used in a preventative capacity, as once motion sickness has started, it is difficult to control.