Your healthcare provider may recommend using a scopolamine patch to help prevent nausea and vomiting caused by motion sickness, anesthesia, or surgery. This patch is available by prescription only and is placed behind the ear for up to three days. Although most people tolerate this product well, side effects may occur and can include a dry mouth, dizziness, and drowsiness.
What Is Scopolamine Patch?Scopolamine patch (Transderm Scop®) is a prescription medication approved to prevent nausea and vomiting due to the following causes:
- Motion sickness
- Anesthesia and surgery.
It comes as a small round patch that is worn behind the ear. Each patch lasts for three days.
(Click What Is Scopolamine Patch Used For? for more information on this topic, including possible off-label uses.)
Are There Side Effects?Just like any medicine, the scopolamine patch can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the medication will have problems. In fact, many people tolerate it quite well.
If side effects do occur, in many cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider.
Common scopolamine patch side effects include but are not limited to:
- Dry mouth
(Click Scopolamine Patch Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)