Scopolamine Patch Dosage
With the scopolamine patch, dosing guidelines are the same for everyone. To help prevent nausea and vomiting due to motion sickness, surgery, or anesthesia, place one patch behind the ear. In some cases, this patch can be left on for up to three days. Do not cut or bend the patch, as it may cause the medication to be released too quickly.
An Introduction to Your Dosage of Scopolamine PatchThere is only one standard dose for scopolamine patch (Transderm Scop®), regardless of your age or weight. As always, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
Scopolamine Patch Dosing Guidelines for Preventing Nausea and VomitingFor all adults, the recommended dosage is one patch applied behind the ear.
For use before surgery or other procedures requiring anesthesia, it is usually recommended to apply the patch the night before surgery, except in the case of a cesarean section, in which the patch is usually applied just an hour before surgery to limit the baby's exposure to the drug. The patch is usually left on until about 24 hours after surgery.
When used for motion sickness, the patch works best when applied at least four hours ahead of time. You can keep it on for up to three days, after which you may replace it with a new patch if necessary. Do not forget to remove the old patch, as it will still release some medication; using more than one patch at a time may lead to an overdose.
There are no guidelines for children, as the drug is not approved for this age group. The drug should be used cautiously in the elderly or in people who have liver or kidney problems. The patch cannot be cut to reduce the dosage.
General Information on Using Scopolamine PatchSome considerations to keep in mind during treatment with the scopolamine patch include the following:
- Wear only one patch at a time.
- Apply the patch to a clean, hairless area behind the ear. Wash your hands thoroughly after application.
- The patch can be worn while swimming, showering, bathing, or exercising. However, it sticks best if it is not exposed to too much water. If it falls off, simply replace it with a new one.
- Do not cut the patch or fold it sharply, as this may cause the medication to be released too quickly.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be used as prescribed.
- If you are unsure about anything related to your dosage of scopolamine patch, please talk with your healthcare provider or pharmacist.