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Scopoderm patches contain a substance called hyoscine hydrobromide, which is one of the most widely used medications to treat travel sickness. This is due to the ease of application, discretion and long treatment time. Hyoscine is absorbed through your skin via the Scopoderm patch. Each patch contains 1.5mg of hyoscine and can be kept on for up to three days.
Scopoderm patches are effective in treating all kinds of motion and travel sickness. They are especially useful when a long treatment time is required, for example on a cruise or coach trip.
When travelling, it is possible to begin to feel travel sick when there is a conflict between what your inner ear can sense (your balance) and what your eyes can see. When this conflict begins it can make you feel unsteady, disorientated and nauseous. Hyoscine works by reducing this conflict in your brain.
Hyoscine blocks receptors called muscarinic (or cholinergic) in the vomiting centre from receiving messages from the vestibular system (the area that senses balance and spatial awareness). This prevents the internal confusion, which causes the feeling of nausea.
Non-Medicinal Alternative for Travel Sickness
Acupressure Bands- are bands that are worn around the wrist. They are designed to apply pressure to a certain point on the inside of your wrist specifically between the two tendons on the inner arm. A positive for the acupressure bands is that there are no adverse side effects, how ever there is little scientific evidence to show that they are an effective treatment for motion sickness. You should be able to purchase this item from most pharmacies.
OTC (Over the Counter) Alternative Medications
- Avomine (promethazine teoclate)
- Stugeron 15 (Cinnarizine)
The medication mentioned above are the 'P' medications we offer at The Independent Pharmacy, how ever there may be slightly different brands in your local pharmacy.
It's important to always wash your hands after inserting or removing a Scopoderm patch. You should also try to avoid touching the patch whilst it's on. This is because, if you touch your eyes with hyoscine on your fingers, the substance can temporarily blur your vision.
Also, do not drink alcohol or take other anti-sickness medicines whilst using Scopoderm patches.
Provided that you have applied the patch properly, you can swim, bathe or shower with little risk of it coming off. However, it is best not to stay in the water too long.
Do not cut the patches in an attempt to reduce the dosage. This may release a much larger dose in a short time period.
During your consultation, we will determine whether Scopoderm patches are suitable for you. However, speak to your doctor before using Scopoderm patches if:
- You suffer from any serious gastrointestinal, kidney, liver or bladder disease
- You suffer from epilepsy
- You are pregnant or breast-feeding
- If you have ever had glaucoma
- Have a history of bladder or bowel obstruction
- If you've had a bad reaction to hyoscine, or other anti-sickness medication in the past
Scopoderm patches are not suitable for children less than 10 years old.
You should also inform your doctor, before you buy Scopoderm patches, if you are taking any other medicines.
This medicine works best before you start to feel ill, so it's recommended that you put on a patch 5 to 6 hours before travel. However, you can also use the patch during travel to help reduce nausea.
To ensure that you put on the patch correctly, follow these steps:
- Remove the patch from its seal and peel off the clear, hexagonal plastic backing. Hold the patch by its edge and be careful to avoid touching the sticky side.
- To put the patch on, find a dry, hairless area of skin behind your ear and press the silver-coloured sticky side in place. Hold the patch there and count slowly to ten.
- Next, wash your hands thoroughly.
- When you remove the patch, wash your hands thoroughly afterwards, as well as washing the area of skin where the patch has been.
If the patch comes off accidentally during your journey, throw away the patch, wash the area, as advised above, and put a new patch on behind the other ear.
Each patch lasts for up to 3 days (72 hours). You can use Scopoderm patches for longer journeys – just take the patch off after 3 days and put a new one behind the other ear.
Scopoderm patches realease the active ingredient, hyoscine hydrobromide, at a rate of approximately 1mg/72 hours when in contact with the skin.
Scopoderm side effects
As with any medicine, there are potential side-effects. The most commonly reported side-effect is a dryness of the mouth, although this does not last long.
Other side effects include:
- Sleepiness, dizziness, confusion and hallucinations.
- Blurred vision.
- Redness or itching of the skin where a patch has been.
If any of these effects are severe, or if you experience any other side effects, take the patch off and consult a Doctor. Also seek medical assistance if any side effect lasts for over 24 hours, after removing the patch. However, it is rare for the symptoms to persist this long.
Due to the potential side effect of drowsiness, you must not drive or operate machinery whilst wearing a Scopoderm patch.
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Scopoderm is a prescription-only medicine used to prevent travel sickness. It is in the form of a simple and discreet patch. This is placed on the skin before travel, and remains for the duration of the journey. Scopoderm can control travel sickness for up to 72 hours. The active ingredient is hyoscine hydrobromide.
Scopoderm patches are a straightforward alternative for those who are unable to swallow tablets.
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Scopoderm patches will be most effective if applied about five hours before you begin your journey. It will still have an effect if you do not apply the patch until you begin to feel symptoms.
Remove the clear plastic backing from the patch. Apply the adhesive side to an area of skin behind the ear which is dry and hairless. Press down for ten seconds to ensure the patch is in place. Wash your hands thoroughly after applying or removing a patch.
If your patch unintentionally comes off, wash that area of skin and apply a new patch behind your other ear.
Be careful not to touch the adhesive side of the patch before you place it on your skin.
One Scopoderm patch can control travel sickness for up to 72 hours. For journeys that are longer than this, you can remove one patch after three days and place another one behind the opposite ear.
Keep this product out of the reach of children. Do not store at a temperature higher than 25°C.
Consult your GP if you wish to use Scopoderm patches but suffer from any of the following conditions:
- Kidney problems
- Impaired liver function
- Gastrointestinal disease
- A history of bladder or bowel problems
- An allergy or intolerance of hyoscine
Take care if using this product if pregnant, breastfeeding or elderly.
Scopoderm may interact with other medicines, including some antidepressants, antihistamines or belladonna alkaloids.
Brolene may cause slightly blurred vision. Avoid driving or operating machinery unless your vision is completely clear. Consult your GP if you notice any vision problems while using Brolene.