Scopolamine vs. Sancuso

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Helps you feel less queasy. Transderm-Scop (Scopolamine) works well to prevent nausea and vomiting and the patch is low-hassle, but it takes about 4 hours to kick in.Coming soon.
How it works
Transderm-Scop (Scopolamine) is an antiemetic (anti-nausea medicine). It works by blocking signals in the part of your brain that causes vomiting.Coming soon.
Type of medication
Prescription only
Coming soon.
Available as
  • Patch
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Patch
Used for (click to learn more)
  • Chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting
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Reviews & ratings
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Reviews for Transderm-Scop (Scopolamine)
of people say Transderm-Scop (Scopolamine) is worth it
say it works well
say it's a big hassle
Side effects
  • Any side effect 9%
  • Drowsiness 4%
  • Visual impairment 2%
  • Agitation 2%
  • Confusion 1%
  • Sore throat 1%
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We haven’t found good data for Sancuso side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Sancuso »
Risk factors for serious side effects
  • Glaucoma
    • Doing an MRI
    • History of seizures
    • History of psychosis
    • Taking with alcohol
    • Taking other medicines that make you less alert
    Detailed Transderm-Scop (Scopolamine) risks & warnings »
    Coming soon.
    Pregnancy category
    CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    See the FDA package insert
    BFDA pregnancy category (Probably safe)

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

    See the FDA package insert
    • You have to avoid alcohol while on the medication.
    • Don't drink alcohol if you have to use the patch.
    No specific alcohol-related info.
    No specific food-related info.No specific food-related info.
    Kidneys and liver
    No specific kidneys and liver-related info.No specific kidneys and liver-related info.
    No specific sex-related info.No specific sex-related info.
    No specific sleep-related info.No specific sleep-related info.
    No specific weight-related info.No specific weight-related info.
    Upsides and benefits
    • Even though there's no generic version available, it's inexpensive.
    • Placed on the skin so it can be used if you can't keep anything in your stomach.
    • Can be used for long-term control of nausea and vomiting since it's only placed on every 3 days.
    Coming soon.
    Downsides and risks
    • Can only be used to prevent nausea and vomiting, not to treat it if it's already happening.
    • Takes about 4 hours for it to start working.
    • You have to avoid alcohol while on the medication.
    Coming soon.
    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    • Wash your hands after you place the patch.
    • Don't touch or rub your eyes after putting on the patch before washing your hands.
    • Can cause blurry vision and sleepiness.
    • Take the patch off if you have to do an MRI.
    • Don't drink alcohol if you have to use the patch.
    • Place it on a few hours before if you know you'll be in a place where you might get motion sickness.
    Coming soon.
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