Scopoderm Patches

Buy Scopoderm travel sickness patches to combat motion sickness

Scopoderm patches contain the active ingredient hyoscine, which prevents the brain from triggering vomiting during travel.

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Virginia Chachati

Reviewed by Virginia Chachati MPharm
(2013, University College London)
GPhC Registration number: 2087654

Information last reviewed 07/02/21

About

What are Scopoderm Patches?

Scopoderm patches help prevent motion sickness. They contain the active ingredient hyoscine, an antimuscarinic which prevents the brain from triggering vomiting during travel.

How do Scopoderm Patches work?

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.

What types of nausea are Scopoderm Patches effective for?

Scopoderm patches effectively prevent nausea brought on by motion, such as travel by car, boat, plane or train. They work by preventing confusion in the brain by conflicting messages sent by the eyes and the vestibular system.

How long do Scopoderm Patches take to work?

For best results, one patch should be applied five to six hours before travel.

How long does Scopoderm last?

Scopoderm patches can prevent travel sickness for up to 72 hours.

Ingredients

Active ingredients

The active ingredient in Scopoderm patches is hyoscine hydrobromide.

Inactive ingredients

The inactive ingredients in Scopoderm patches are light mineral oil, polyisobutylene, and polypropylene.

Dosage

Can Scopoderm patches be cut in half?

Scopoderm patches should not be cut in half, as this may interfere with the medicine’s absorption.

Scopoderm dosage

Apply one 1.5 mg patch no more than once every three days.

Where should I put a Scopoderm patch?

Scopoderm patches should be applied to a dry, non-irritated, hairless area of skin behind the ear.

How to use Scopoderm Patches?

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.

Side Effects

Scopoderm side effects

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:

  • Changes in vision with increased pressure in the eye. If you experience this, consult your doctor immediately.
  • Dryness of the mouth
  • Drowsiness or dizziness
  • Blurred vision when looking at close objects and enlargement of the pupils
  • Loss of ability to focus your vision
  • Irritation of the eyelids
  • Skin irritation
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Impairment of memory or concentration, restlessness, disorientation, confusion, or hallucinations
  • Skin rash
  • Itching, redness or burning at the site of application

Drug interactions

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:

  • Other travel sickness medication
  • Other drugs acting on the brain
  • Anti-allergic medicines
  • Antidepressants
  • Anti-parkinson's and antivirals
  • Antiarrhythmics
  • Alcohol

Contraindications

Do NOT use Scopoderm patches if:

  • You are allergic to hyoscine or any of the other ingredients in the patches
  • You have glaucoma or a history of glaucoma

Before using Scopoderm patches, speak to a doctor for additional advice if:

  • You suffer from pyloric stenosis
  • You have problems urinating due to a bladder obstruction 
  • You have a blockage of your intestines
  • You are an elderly patient or have any metabolic, liver, or kidney disease
  • You suffer from epilepsy
  • You have had pain in the eyes, blurred vision, or see rainbow-coloured halos around lights

Scopoderm Patches and driving

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.

Scopoderm Patches and pregnancy

You should not use Scopoderm patches whilst pregnant or breastfeeding unless instructed to do so by a doctor.

Scopoderm Patches and alcohol

Do not drink alcohol while using Scopoderm patches, or for 24 hours after removal, otherwise, you may feel dizzy or drowsy.

Treatment Options

Scopoderm Patches vs Kwells

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 vs Avomine

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.

Can I use Scopoderm Patches with other travel sickness treatments?

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.

Q&A

Are Scopoderm Patches available over the counter?

Scopoderm patches are available over-the-counter from a pharmacy after consultation with a pharmacist.

Are Scopoderm Patches suitable for children?

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.

Are Scopoderm Patches preventative or do they treat travel sickness?

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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