Scopoderm patches help prevent motion sickness. They contain the active ingredient hyoscine, an antimuscarinic which prevents the brain from triggering vomiting during travel.
Travel sickness occurs 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 tell the brain that the body is stationary.
Scopoderm patches contain the active ingredient hyoscine, an antimuscarinic. Hyoscine works by interrupting the vestibular system’s messages 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 absorbed from the patch through the skin into the bloodstream.
For best results, one patch should be applied five to six hours before travel.
Scopoderm patches can prevent travel sickness for up to 72 hours.
One patch, applied once every three days
|Type of Medicine||Antiemetic patch|
Acts as a smooth muscle relaxant, preventing the vomiting reflex from being triggered
2, 4, 10 or 16
From £8.75 per patch
Can include dry mouth, dizziness, eyelid irritation, difficulty urinating, skin rash, itching, redness and irritation at the application site
The active ingredient in Scopoderm patches is hyoscine hydrobromide.
The inactive ingredients in Scopoderm patches are light mineral oil, polyisobutylene, and polypropylene.
Always use Scopoderm patches as instructed by a doctor or pharmacist. One patch should be applied five to six 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 area of skin behind your ear. Wash your hands after applying, and do not touch the patch after it has been used. 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.
Apply one 1.5 mg patch no more than once every three days.
Scopoderm patches should be applied to a dry, non-irritated, hairless area of skin behind the ear.
Scopoderm patches should not be cut in half, as this may interfere with the medicine’s absorption.
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 use Scopoderm patches whilst 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, otherwise, you may feel dizzy or drowsy.
Kwells tablets contain the same active ingredient as Scopoderm patches. Kwells tablets are taken by mouth, whereas Scopoderm patches are applied behind the ear. Scopoderm patches may be ideal if you travel for a long time and forget to take tablets regularly.
Scopoderm patches contain hyoscine, an antimuscarinic. Avomine contains promethazine, an antihistamine, that can treat nausea triggered by motion and other factors. Avomine is also an effective treatment for vertigo.
Scopoderm patches contain hyoscine, 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 are available over-the-counter from a pharmacy after consultation with a pharmacist.
Scopoderm is not recommended for use in children under ten years old. Children over ten years old 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.
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