How does Scopolamine work?

The Scopolamine is used in the treatment of dizziness and nausea . It is also used to promote the recovery of consciousness after an anesthesia and to avoid vomiting in case of car sickness or the recovery of consciousness.

It is a drug that is also used in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome and diverticulitis , parkinsonism , and muscle spasticity .

How does Scopolamine work?

Scopolamine is a drug that interferes with the effects of the neurotransmitter Acetylcholine . It is therefore an anticholinergic , which causes different effects on the body, including the slowing of gastric and intestinal activity , the dilation of the pupils and the reduction of fluid secretion .

How is Scopolamine taken?

Scopolamine is taken orally or transdermally , in which case patches are used to be applied behind the ear.

Side effects of Scopolamine

Among the potential adverse effects of Scopolamine are reported

  • drowsiness
  • disorientation
  • dry mouth
  • clouded vision
  • dilated pupils
  • confusion
  • hallucinations
  • difficulty urinating
  • rash

A doctor should be contacted without hesitation in case the intake of the drug gives rise to:

  • eye pain
  • dizziness
  • pulse accelerations

Contraindications and warnings on the use of Scopolamine

Scopolamine may interfere with the ability to drive or operate dangerous machinery . Dizziness and drowsiness induced by this active substance can be intensified by alcohol.

A doctor should be contacted without hesitation in case the intake of the drug gives rise to:

  • of allergies to the active substance or other drugs;
  • of the other ongoing therapies, of the phytotherapy and of the supplements taken , remembering to mention in particular drugs that can alter mental clarity, vitamins and products against coughs , colds and allergies;
  • if you suffer (or have suffered) from glaucoma , kidney, liver or heart disease, gastric or intestinal obstructions, urination or bladder problems or prostatic hypertrophy;
  • if you are pregnant or breastfeeding .

Your surgeon or dentist should always be advised of an ongoing treatment with Scopolamine.

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