Scopolamine is a custom pharmacy drug that is classified in the family of drugs known as muscarinic antagonists. Scopolamine can work within the body in several manners—to reduce nerve signals that initiate vomiting, and to reduce secretions of particular organs such as the intestines and stomach. Scopolamine is often prescribed for the prevention of routine nausea and vomiting that may be generated by motion sickness, or from surgical anesthesia. There are other additional uses for this drug such as the treatment of certain Parkinson's-similar conditions, or other medical conditions such as muscle spasms, stomach issues, and intestinal problems.
Scopolamine can be compounded into various forms tailored to a patient's individual needs. Some of the more common forms are as follows: topical, oral, intravenous, and ophthalmic. If taking an oral form, take with a full glass of water. You may take this drug with or without food. Consult with your compounding pharmacist if you have further questions.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If taking scopolamine for motion sickness it needs to be taken before symptoms begin.
WARNING: If you are prescribed scopolamine for a Parkinson's type condition, never abruptly stop taking it as this may exacerbate your condition greatly. Consult with your doctor first if you feel that you need to change your prescription.
Side effects often differ from individual to individual. You may experience several, few, or no side effects at all while taking this drug. Be prepared for side effects and know how to respond if you experience any. Common side effects seen with scopolamine are:
NOTE: Scopolamine patches may, in some cases, cause burning of the skin. Talk to your doctor about the risks.
Some patients could experience severe side effects. If you experience anything that is listed below, or anything that simply feels severe, whether listed or not, see your doctor right away or get prompt emergency medical assistance.
ALLERGY WARNING: If you experience any signs of an allergic reaction such as hives; difficult breathing; or any swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat—get medical help immediately.
WARNING: Scopolamine use of more than 3 days may initiate some withdrawal symptoms such as nausea or vomiting, headaches, and/or dizziness. Ask your doctor for more information.
All patients who are considering scopolamine for their treatment should first consult with their doctor before beginning use.
WARNING: Do not use scopolamine if you have any of the following conditions unless you have discussed your condition with your doctor and he or she has deemed the use of scopolamine to be absolutely necessary for your treatment.
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