Scopolamine - Indications, Dosage, Side Effects and Precautions


Information about Scopolamine

Generic Name : Scopolamine
Up-to-date prescription details regarding Scopolamine are provided here.

Pronunciation : sko-PAHL-a-meen

Learn the correct pronunciation of the Scopolamine, understand it's uses, recommended dosages, its indications, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, warnings and its and its storage instructions.
You will also find a list of the medication's International and Indian brand or trade names, as well as its pricing information. For verification of the information presented on this page or for additional clarifications, it's advisable to consult your doctor.

ICD Code : Y55.5 Therapeutic Classification : Decongestants

Trade Names/Brand Names of Scopolamine

India :

Belloid Inj, Belloid Tab, Buscopan Amp, Buscopan Plus Tab, Buscopan supp, Buscopan Susp, Buscopan Tab, Hyospan Tab, Hyospas Inj, Hyoswift Amp, Hyoswift Tab, Xspas Inj.

International :

Isopto Hyoscine, Transderm Scop

Why is Scopolamine Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is an anticholinergic agent, prescribed for prevention of symptoms of motion sickness such as nausea and vomiting, and recovery from anesthesia and surgery.

It is also used to treat certain types of muscle spasm problems (eg. Parkinsonism) and certain stomach or intestinal problems (eg, irritable bowel syndrome).

It may be used as eye drops in cases of eye inflammation.

When should Scopolamine not be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated in patients allergic to the drug, those with narrow angle glaucoma.

What is the dosage of Scopolamine?

PO- Genito-urinary spasm; Gastrointestinal tract spasm As butyl bromide: 20 mg 4 times/day.
To prevent nausea and vomiting: IV/IM/SC- As hydro bromide: 300 mcg 30 minutes before journey, then 300 mcg 6 hourly if needed. Max: 3 doses in 24 hours.
Prevention of motion sickness: 1.5 mg patch should be applied behind the ear at least 4 hours before journey.

How should Scopolamine be taken?

It comes as a tablet to take by mouth, with or without food.
It is also available as an injection, eye drops and a patch to be applied on the skin behind the ear.

What are the warnings and precautions for Scopolamine?

•Caution should be exercised in patients with history of liver or kidney disease, pyloric stenosis(obstruction at lower end of stomach), urinary retention, prostatic hyperplasia, psychosis, seizure disorders, ulcerative colitis, coronary artery disease, fast heart rhythm, heart failure, high blood pressure , elderly, children, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Limit alcohol intake while taking this medication.

You should wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water immediately after using this medication.

What are the side effects of Scopolamine?

Most common- Dryness of mouth, difficulty in swallowing, talking, dizziness.
Central Nervous system- Confusion, headache, restlessness, hallucinations, memory disturbances.
Eye- Blurring of vision, increased sensitivity to light, increased eye pressure in patients suffering from narrow angle glaucoma.
Skin- Flushing, irritation, and rashes.
Genitourinary- Retention of urine.
Heart- Variations in blood pressure.
Potentially Fatal- Central Nervous System depression, coma, circulatory and respiratory failure.

What are the other precautions for Scopolamine?

If there is no improvement in your health condition, consult with your doctor.

What are the storage conditions for Scopolamine?

Ophthalmic: Store at 8-27°C.
Oral: Store at room temperature of 15-30°C.
Parenteral: Store at room temperature of 15-30°C (58-86°F).
Subcutaneous: Store at room temperature of 15-30°C.
Transdermal: Store at 20-25°C .Store at room temperature.
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