What are Scopoderm patches?
Scopoderm patches are used to treat travel sickness and all the symptoms associated with it. This includes nausea, vomiting and loss of balance or dizziness.
Anyone can suffer from travel sickness, but it tends to be more common in children and women and less common in people over the age of 50.
How does Scopoderm work?
The active substance in Scopoderm is hyoscine, which is an anti-emetic or anti-sickness medication. This helps to combat the symptoms caused by travelling by car, boat, train or plane.
There is 1.5mg of hyoscine in each patch. On average, around 1mg of hyoscine will be absorbed into the body if the patch is worn for 72 hours.
You shouldn’t use Scopoderm patches if:
- You are allergic to any of the ingredients
- You are pregnant or breastfeeding
- You have glaucoma (increased pressure in the eye)
Take extra care using these patches if any of the following apply to you:
- You have pyloric stenosis
- You have a bladder obstruction
- You have a blockage of your intestines
- You are elderly (the side effects can be worse for the elderly)
- You have any metabolic, liver or kidney disease
- You have epilepsy
- You have eye pain, blurred vision, or see rainbow-coloured halos around light.
- You are taking any of the following medications: drugs that act on the brain, antiallergic medicines, antidepressants, antiparkinsons and antivirals, antiarrhythmics, or other travel sickness medicines.
How do you use Scopoderm?
Always use Scopoderm travel sickness patches as directed by your doctor or pharmacist. Follow the usage instructions in the patient information leaflet.
To use Scopoderm, apply a patch 5-6 hours before travelling. You can also apply the patch the night before if you are travelling early in the morning. The patch should be stuck to some clean, hairless, unbroken skin behind the ear.
Don’t touch the patch when it is in place. If you touch it accidentally, you should wash your hands immediately.
Each patch can be left on for up to 3 days, so if you’re still travelling after this point you should apply a new one.
Remove the patch when you have finished your journey. You should wash the area of skin where the patch was, and then wash your hands immediately.
Do not drink alcohol whilst using Scopoderm patches, or until the effects have worn off. This may take 24 hours or longer.
How effective is Scopoderm?
Scopoderm is a clinically proven motion sickness patch when applied correctly before you travel.
Other things you can do to attempt to lessen your travel sickness include looking at a fixed point in the distance and taking slow, deep breaths. You may find that closing your eyes or going to sleep helps. You should also try to get as much fresh air as possible, either by opening a window or stopping regularly.
What are the main side effects of Scopoderm?
Like all medicines, Scopoderm patches can cause side effects, although not everyone will experience them.
Three common side effects of Scopoderm are:
- Dry mouth
- Drowsiness / dizziness
- Blurred vision
The medication in Scopoderm patches can cause drowsiness and dizziness, so you should avoid driving, using machinery or undertaking any other potentially dangerous activity that requires concentration.
For a full list of Scopoderm side effects, please see the patient information leaflet.