Scopolamine for the Treatment of Motion Sickness

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Drugs-CapsulesScopolamine (sko-PAHL-a-meen)

Common Drug Names

  • Maldemar
  • Scopace
  • Transderm-Scop

Typically Used For

Acts as an anticholinergic (ANN-tye-KOH-lih-NUR-jick) which helps to block a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine (a-SEET-il-KOE-leen) in your central nervous system. By blocking this neurotransmitter, anticholinergics can help to prevent involuntary movements of the muscles in your gastrointestinal tract (i.e. your stomach and intestines). Therefore, anticholinergics can treat motion sickness symptoms by helping to prevent nausea, vomiting, and dizziness.

Standard Warnings

  • Talk with your doctor prior to taking this medication if you are currently breast-feeding, are pregnant, or are planning on becoming pregnant soon.
  • Tell your doctor what current prescribed and non-prescribed drugs, herbs, vitamins, and/or supplements you are taking (Note: You should always keep a list of this information handy for future use).
  • Use as directed per the packaging instructions unless otherwise directed by a medical professional.
  • Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of this medication unless otherwise directed by your health care provider.
  • Tell your doctor or medical professional if you have any allergic reactions to this or any other medications.

Specific Warnings

  • My increase your eye’s sensitivity to sunlight.
  • Avoid taking with alcohol with this medication as it made increase the effects of drowsiness.


  • Typical dosage is one tablet usually every 4 to 6 hours.  However, follow all directions on the packaging or the directions provided to you by your medical practictioner.
  • Take thirty minutes to one hour before travel or before you expect your motion sickness symptoms to likely occur.

Some Common Side Effects

  • May include dry mouth (xerostomia), drowsiness, dizziness, and blurred vision.
  • Do not use heavy machinery or drive until you know how this medication affects you.
  • Like all medications, allergic reactions may result.  If an allergic reaction does occur, talk with your doctor or immediately seek medical attention.
  • There may be and likely are additional side effects not described above.  Please talk with your medical professional if you are curious about other potential side effects.


The information described above is for informational purposes only (please visit our medical disclaimer page here for more information).  The information on this page merely provides a quick summary related to this particular drug.  Please speak with your doctor, pharmacist, and/or health care provider before using, starting to take, or changing the dosage of this medication.

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