What Is Scopolamine Patch Used For?
Adults who experience motion sickness or have an upcoming surgery may receive a prescription medication called the scopolamine patch. This product is specifically designed to prevent nausea and vomiting caused by motion sickness, anesthesia, or surgery. It works by affecting certain parts of the brain. Possible off-label uses for the scopolamine patch include preventing nausea and vomiting due to other causes, such as chemotherapy.
An Overview of Uses for Scopolamine PatchScopolamine patch (Transderm Scop®) is a prescription medication used to prevent nausea and vomiting due to motion sickness, anesthesia, or surgery. It comes as a small, circular, discreet skin patch that is worn behind the ear. Each patch lasts for up to three days.
Using Scopolamine Patch for Motion SicknessIn general, medications used for motion sickness tend to work better if they are started before symptoms begin, although some relief will usually be felt even if the medication is started after symptoms develop.
Most people have a good idea if they will need a medication for motion sickness. Past experience is a good predictor of whether you will experience motion sickness in a given situation. However, you might want to consider being prepared with a motion sickness medication like scopolamine patch even if you are not sure you will get motion sickness. Scopolamine patch is often a good choice, as it is convenient (only one patch is needed every three days) and, unlike many other motion sickness medications, is relatively unlikely to cause drowsiness.