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To help prevent nausea and vomiting due to motion sickness, surgery, or anesthesia, a healthcare provider may prescribe Transderm Scop. This medicated patch is placed behind the ear and can last for up to three days. It is usually applied at least four hours before the desired effect is needed. Some people may experience side effects like dizziness, drowsiness, and dry mouth.

What Is Transderm Scop?

Transderm Scop® (scopolamine patch) 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 Transderm Scop Uses for more information on this topic, including possible off-label uses.)
 

Who Makes This Medication?

Transderm Scop is made by ALZA Corporation for Novartis Consumer Health, Inc.
 

How Does Transderm Scop Work?

Transderm Scop 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 Transderm Scop is mostly due to the effects within the brain, rather than effects directly on the digestive tract.
 
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