Compare scopolamine vs. Erythromycin

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Transderm-Scop
(scopolamine)

Ery-Tab
(erythromycin)

Prevents nausea and vomiting. Transderm-Scop (scopolamine) is a low-hassle patch that works well to prevent nausea and vomiting, but it takes several hours to work.Prevents and treats infections. Ery-Tab (Erythromycin) works well to treat a variety of bacterial infections, but check for drug interactions before taking it.
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5.35scopolamine
Reviews for scopolamine
73%
of people (All ages) say scopolamine is worth it
58%
say it works well
19%
say it's a big hassle
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Side effects
scopolamineErythromycin
  • Dry mouth 12%
  • Dizziness 5%
  • Drowsiness 4%
  • Agitation 2%
  • Visual changes 2%
  • Confusion 1%
  • Dilated pupils 4%
  • Sore throat 1%
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How it works
scopolamineErythromycin
Transderm-Scop (scopolamine) is an anti-nausea medicine. It works by blocking signals in the part of your brain that causes vomiting.Ery-Tab (Erythromycin) is a macrolide antibiotic that prevents and treats a variety of infections. It works by preventing bacteria from growing and multiplying.
Type of medication
scopolamineErythromycin
Prescription onlyPrescription only
Available as
scopolamineErythromycin
  • Patch
  • Pill
  • Delayed release tablet
  • Extended release
Used for
scopolamineErythromycin
Risk factors for serious side effects
scopolamineErythromycin
  • Open angle glaucoma
  • Blockages in the stomach, bowels or bladder
  • MRI examination
  • History of seizures
  • History of psychosis
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  • History of liver disease
  • Long antibiotic treatment period
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Pregnancy

Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

Interactions
scopolamineErythromycin
No interactions related info.
  • Interacts with a lot of drugs, so don't take it with colchicine, statin drugs, verapamil, amlodipine, or diltiazem.
Food
scopolamineErythromycin
No food related info.
  • Take it with or without food.
Kidneys and liver
scopolamineErythromycin
No kidneys and liver related info.
  • There have been reports of liver damage that can require hospitalization or can cause death. These have been rare. Talk to your doctor if you notice pain in your abdomen, loss of appetite, yellowing of your skin or eyes, or dark colored urine.
  • Can cause liver problems, so people with previous liver problems need to be closely monitored while on Ery-Tab (Erythromycin).
Sleep
scopolamineErythromycin
  • You might feel sleepy, drowsy, or have blurry vision while taking Transderm-Scop (scopolamine). Taking alcohol or other medicines that make you drowsy can make this effect worse.
No sleep related info.
Weight
scopolamineErythromycin
No weight related info.
  • It's dosed based on your weight, so different people will have different doses.
Upsides and benefits
scopolamineErythromycin
  • Transderm-Scop (scopolamine) is well tolerated.
  • Prevents nausea for 3 days.
  • Because Transderm-Scop (scopolamine) is a skin patch, it's a good alternative to stopping nausea and vomiting if you're not able to swallow pills.
  • It's used to treat a variety of infections caused by bacteria.
  • It comes as an oral suspension and as a tablet.
  • You can get a test done that'll show you if Ery-Tab (Erythromycin) will work for you.
Downsides and risks
scopolamineErythromycin
  • Can only be used for prevention of nausea and vomiting. It can't stop nausea or vomiting that's already happening.
  • The side effects can be worse if you are 65 and older.
  • You might feel sleepy, drowsy, or have blurry vision while taking Transderm-Scop (scopolamine). Taking alcohol or other medicines that make you drowsy can make this effect worse.
  • You're more likely to have heat stroke or feel dehydrated.
  • It takes a few hours for Transderm-Scop (scopolamine) to kick in, so you have to remember to take it beforehand.
  • Interacts with a lot of drugs, so don't take it with colchicine, statin drugs, verapamil, amlodipine, or diltiazem.
  • Diarrhea and other stomach problems are common side effects.
  • Can cause liver problems, so people with previous liver problems need to be closely monitored while on Ery-Tab (Erythromycin).
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
scopolamineErythromycin
  • Starts working in 6 to 8 hours.
  • Apply Transderm-Scop (scopolamine) to a clean, dry, hairless area of the skin behind the ear. Press down for 30 seconds to make sure the patch stays firmly.
  • After handling the patch, make sure to wash your hands with soap and water to avoid accidental contact with your eyes.
  • If the patch comes off, throw it away and use a new patch.
  • You can prevent skin irritation by alternating ears and washing the area of your ear that you had placed the patch on.
  • If you're using this before surgery, place it the day before, then leave it on until the day after your surgery.
  • Take the patch off before you have an MRI because it can cause the skin to burn.
  • Take it with or without food.
  • It's dosed based on your weight, so different people will have different doses.
  • If you're using the suspension, refrigerate it and use it within 10 days.
  • It's common to feel better before you're supposed to stop taking Ery-Tab (Erythromycin), but make sure to take it for the entire time your doctor prescribed it. Skipping doses or stopping early can lower the drug's effectiveness and increase the chance that the drug won't work as well next time.
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