Scopolamine patch are medicated patches which are used for the treatment of nausea and vomiting which are associated with motion sickness. Scopolamine patch is associated with certain side effects, if it is not used correctly and the symptoms in children are more pronounced.
Scopolamine patches are to be placed on the skin behind the ears and it is always very important to follow the instructions on the prescription since the patch can often be associated with some distressing side effects. A physician’s advice should be taken before using the scopolamine patch, especially on children.
Placement Of Scopolamine Patch
This patch needs to be applied behind the ears and the region should be clean, dry and hairless. The patch should be applied about four hour prior to the time when the effects of scopolamine are required. The patch can be kept on for three days. It is important that the instructions are followed correctly to avoid complications,
- Wash the back of the ear and wipe it clean.
- Remove the patch from the pouch. Peal the plastic protective strip to expose the adhesive layer. Don’t touch the adhesive layer to avoid contamination of the fingers.
- Place the adhesive side on the skin behind the ear and press the patch for a few seconds.
- After the patch is placed on the skin, wash your hands thoroughly with water and soap to remove any accidental accumulation of scopolamine on the fingers.
Side Effects Of Motion Sickness Patch
In general scopolamine is associated with certain side effects. Consult the physician immediately if these symptoms persist,
- Drowsiness and Disorientation may be experienced in some individuals.
- Dryness of the mouth and difficulty in urination may be experienced.
- Occasionally, if the fingers are contaminated with scopolamine, accidental exposure to the eye may result in blurring of vision and dilatation of the pupils.
- Confusion and hallucination may be experienced in some individuals.
- Allergic rash may develop at the site where the patch is placed.
If symptoms like eye pain, dizziness or increased pulse rate are experienced, the patch should be removed immediately and medical attention should be sought.
Prevention Of Side Effects
In order to prevent the side effects associated with scopolamine in children, it is important to share adequate information with your physician about your medical and drug history,
- Inform the physician about any over the counter medications. Various medications for treatment of cough, allergies, cold and even multi-vitamins can interact with scopolamine.
- Inform the Physician about the medical history especially if you suffer from heart or kidney disease, have glaucoma or difficulty in urination.
- Pregnant and lactating mothers should inform the doctors about their status. If you are having a surgery, inform your operating surgeon about your use of scopolamine patch.
- Scopolamine can make you drowsy; hence avoid driving a car when using the patch. Also avoid alcohol completely.
Scopolamine Patch For Children
Scopolamine Patch is used for the treatment of symptoms of motion sickness like nausea and vomiting. Though it can affect individuals of any age, motion sickness is more frequently observed in children between the ages of 2 to 12 years.
Though in general the patch is considered beneficial for children, medical advice should be taken on regular basis, especially while using scopolamine patch for children.