Why does scopolamine go behind the ear?
The patch goes behind the ear because that area is highly permeable — it’s the place on your skin where the medication can get through the easiest. That’s also why scopolamine needs to be dosed at a lower quantity to be effective.
How do you administer scopolamine?
For transdermal dosage form (patch): For prevention of nausea and vomiting after anesthesia, narcotic pain medicine, and surgery: Adults—Apply one patch behind the ear the evening before surgery. Leave it in place for 24 hours.
Can you withdrawal from scopolamine?
Scopolamine may worsen narrow-angle glaucoma, cause difficulty urinating and lead to dry, itchy eyes. Some patients may experience disorientation and confusion. If used more than 3 days some patients may experience withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, headache, and dizziness.
Why is scopolamine patch behind ear?
Scopolamine is an anticholinergic medication often used for motion sickness or nausea. The reason we put the transdermal patch behind the ear is because one of the suggested MOA’s is that it acts in the CNS by blocking cholinergic transmission from the vestibular nuclei to higher areas in the CNS.
Where to apply scopolamine patch?
Scopolamine comes as a patch to be placed on the skin behind your ear. Apply one patch to a clean, dry, hairless area behind the ear. The patch should be applied at least 4 hours before its effects will be needed.
What is scopolamine patch used for?
Scopolamine patch ( Transderm Scop®) 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.
Can a scopolamine patch be cut?
Do not cut a scopolamine patch, as it may cause the medication to be released too quickly. Also, do not use more than one patch at a time. (For more details on these patches, click Scopolamine Patch Dosage.