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What Is Scopolamine Patch Used For?

Scopolamine Patch Use for Nausea and Vomiting After Surgery and/or Anesthesia

Surgery and anesthesia can sometimes cause nausea and vomiting. However, not all types of surgery are likely to cause these symptoms. Surgeries involving the abdomen (stomach area), eyes, ears, nose, and throat are most likely to cause nausea or vomiting. Certain people are at higher risk for postoperative nausea and vomiting, including the following people:
  • Women
  • People who get motion sickness
  • People who have had nausea or vomiting after surgery in the past
  • People who do not smoke
  • People who will use certain morphine-like medications ("opioids") after surgery.
Your healthcare provider will take all of these factors into consideration when deciding if you will need medication to prevent nausea and vomiting.
Scopolamine patch is used before surgery or other procedures involving anesthesia to help prevent nausea and vomiting. Scopolamine patch is not approved to treat nausea and vomiting after it starts; it is much harder to treat nausea or vomiting than to prevent it from happening in the first place.

How Does This Patch Work?

Scopolamine patch belongs to a group of medications known as belladonna alkaloids. These medications cause a variety of effects in the body, which can either be desirable effects or side effects. One of these effects (known as an "anticholinergic effect") is to help prevent or suppress nausea. It is thought that this effect of the scopolamine patch is mostly due to the effects within the brain, rather than effects directly on the digestive tract.

Can Children Use Scopolamine Patch?

This medication is not approved for use in children, as it has not been adequately studied in this age group. Children may be more susceptible to scopolamine patch side effects.

Scopolamine Patch Information

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