Scopolamine Side Effects
What should I watch for?
Keep the patch dry, if possible, to prevent it from falling off. Limited contact with water, however, as in bathing or swimming, will not affect the system. If the patch falls off, throw it away and put a new one behind the other ear.
You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Alcohol may interfere with the effect of this medicine. Avoid alcoholic drinks.
Your mouth may get dry. Chewing sugarless gum or sucking hard candy, and drinking plenty of water may help. Contact your doctor if the problem does not go away or is severe.
This medicine may cause dry eyes and blurred vision. If you wear contact lenses you may feel some discomfort. Lubricating drops may help. See your eye doctor if the problem does not go away or is severe.
If you are going to have a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) procedure, tell your MRI technician if you have this patch on your body. It must be removed before a MRI.
Common and Rare Side Effects
Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:
Incidence not known
chest pain or discomfort
difficulty with urinating
dilation of the pupils
dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up from a lying or sitting position suddenly
flushing or redness of the skin
mood or mental changes
nausea or vomiting
redness of the white part of the eyes
seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there
shortness of breath
slow or irregular heartbeat
unusually warm skin
Get emergency help immediately if any of the following symptoms of overdose occur:
Symptoms of overdose
blurred or loss of vision
change in consciousness
decrease in frequency of urination
decrease in urine volume
difficulty in passing urine (dribbling)
disturbed color perception
dry, flushed skin
fast, pounding, or irregular heartbeat or pulse
halos around lights
loss of consciousness
overbright appearance of lights
pounding in the ears
trouble with sleeping
unusual drowsiness, dullness, tiredness, weakness, or feeling of sluggishness
Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.