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Transderm Scop Uses

Available by prescription only, Transderm Scop is used for preventing nausea and vomiting. It is specifically approved for preventing these symptoms when they are caused by motion sickness, surgery, or anesthesia. It works by affecting certain areas of the brain, rather than the digestive tract. Off-label uses of this drug include preventing nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy.

What Is Transderm Scop Used For?

Transderm Scop® (scopolamine patch) 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.
 

Transderm Scop Use for Motion Sickness

In 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 Transderm Scop even if you are not sure you will get motion sickness. Transderm Scop 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.
 

Using Transderm Scop 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.
 
Transderm Scop is given before surgery or other procedures involving anesthesia to help prevent nausea and vomiting. Transderm Scop 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.
 

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