Scopolamine (Systemic)

Pediatric Medication

Brand Names: US

Transderm-Scop (1.5 MG)

Brand Names: Canada

Buscopan; Scopolamine Hydrobromide Injection; Transderm-V

What is this drug used for?

  • It is used to help motion sickness.
  • It is used to stop upset stomach and throwing up from surgery.
  • It is used during surgery.
  • It may be given to your child for other reasons. Talk with the doctor.

What do I need to tell the doctor BEFORE my child takes this drug?

  • If your child has an allergy to this drug or any part of this drug.
  • If your child is allergic to any drugs like this one or any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell the doctor about the allergy and what signs your child had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
  • If your child has glaucoma.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with this drug.
Tell the doctor and pharmacist about all of your child’s drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for your child to take this drug with all of his/her drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug your child takes without checking with the doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while my child takes this drug?

All products:

  • Tell all of your child’s health care providers that your child is taking this drug. This includes your child’s doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • Have your child avoid tasks or actions that call for alertness until you see how this drug affects your child. These are things like riding a bike, playing sports, or using items such as scissors, lawnmowers, electric scooters, toy cars, or motorized vehicles.
  • This drug may affect certain lab tests. Tell all of your child’s health care providers and lab workers that your child takes this drug.
  • Alcohol may interact with this drug. Be sure your child does not drink alcohol.
  • Talk with your child’s doctor before giving your child other drugs and natural products that may slow your child’s actions.
  • If your child will be taking part in underwater sports, talk with the doctor. This drug may cause your child to feel lost or confused.
  • If your child has been taking this drug on a regular basis and stops taking it all of a sudden, your child may have signs of withdrawal. Do not stop giving this drug all of a sudden without calling the doctor. Tell the doctor if your child has any bad effects.
  • This drug may raise the chance of seizures in some people like people who have had seizures in the past. Talk to the doctor to see if your child has a greater chance of seizures while taking this drug.

If your child is pregnant or breast-feeding a baby:

  • Talk with the doctor if your child is pregnant, becomes pregnant, or is breast-feeding a baby. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this drug.

Skin patch:

  • The patch may have metal. Take off your child’s patch before an MRI.
  • Some people may have certain signs 24 hours or more after taking the patch off. Call the doctor right away if your child has dizziness, very upset stomach or throwing up, headache, problems with balance or walking, very bad dizziness or passing out, muscle weakness, or slow heartbeat.


  • If your child has asthma, talk with the doctor. He/she may be more sensitive to this drug.
  • Bright lights may bother your child. Have your child wear sunglasses.

What are some side effects that I need to call my child’s doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your child’s doctor or get medical help right away if your child has any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Feeling confused.
  • Trouble passing urine.
  • Change in eyesight, eye pain, or very bad eye irritation.
  • Larger pupils.
  • Mood changes.
  • Trouble speaking.
  • Hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that are not there).
  • Memory problems or loss.
  • Very bad belly pain.
  • Very upset stomach or throwing up.

What are some other side effects of this drug?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your child’s doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother your child or do not go away:

All products:

  • Dizziness.
  • Feeling sleepy.
  • Dry mouth.
  • Sore throat.
  • Restlessness.

Skin patch:

  • Irritation where this drug is used.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your child’s doctor. Call your child’s doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to your national health agency.

How is this drug best given?

Give this drug as ordered by your child’s doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

Skin patch:

  • Do not give this drug by mouth. For skin only. Keep out of your child’s mouth, nose, and eyes (may burn).
  • Do not use patches that are cut or do not look right.
  • Wash your hands before and after use.
  • Use skin patch behind the ear. If using for motion sickness, put on 4 hours before travel starts.
  • Do not put on more than 1 patch at a time.
  • Have your child be careful to not knock loose the patch while bathing or showering.
  • If the patch falls off, put a new one on.
  • If this drug is needed for more than 3 days, throw away the old patch. Put a new one on behind the other ear.
  • When patch is taken off, wash site with soap and water.


  • It is given as a shot into a muscle, vein, or into the fatty part of the skin.

What do I do if my child misses a dose?

Skin patch:

  • If your child uses this drug on a regular basis, put on a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
  • If it is close to the time for your child’s next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your child’s normal time.
  • Many times this drug is used on an as needed basis. Do not use more often than told by the doctor.


  • Call your child’s doctor to find out what to do.

How do I store and/or throw out this drug?

Skin patch:

  • Store at room temperature.
  • Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
  • After you take off a skin patch, be sure to fold the sticky sides of the patch to each other.


  • If you need to store this drug at home, talk with your child’s doctor, nurse, or pharmacist about how to store it.

All products:

  • Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.

General drug facts

  • If your child’s symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your child’s doctor.
  • Do not share your child’s drug with others and do not give anyone else’s drug to your child.
  • Keep a list of all your child’s drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your child’s doctor.
  • Talk with your child’s doctor before giving your child any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your child’s doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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