Scopoderm patches

Scopoderm patches (hyoscine 1.5mg) medicated self adhesive patches for the control of travel sickness - effective for 72 hours. Available to buy online from Dr Fox.

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Travel sickness patchesQuantityCost
Scopoderm patches hyoscine 1.5mg/72hrs2 patches (3 days each)£17.20
Scopoderm patches hyoscine 1.5mg/72hrs4 patches (3 days each)£33.00
Scopoderm patches hyoscine 1.5mg/72hrs10 patches (3 days each)£73.90

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Prescription issued online - small prescription fee per order.

Prescription fees

Dr Fox supplies medicine on prescription and charges a small prescription fee based on the order value of each prescription.

Prescriptions are issued by our doctors online and sent electronically to our pharmacy.

Order valuePrescription fee
up to £10£1.00
up to £20£2.00
up to £40£3.00
over £40£4.00

If you have your own private paper prescription please post to our pharmacy (details).

Dr Fox prices are 25%–50% lower than other UK online clinics.

Delivery charges

UK delivery only: £2.90 per consultation via Royal Mail 24 Signed For (1-3 working days with tracking).

Parcel forwarding services are not permitted. Use only UK home or work delivery address.

Returns and refunds - unwanted items can be returned within 14 working days for a full refund.

About Scopoderm

Scopoderm travel sickness patches contain a substance called hyoscine hydrobromide, which is one of the most widely used medications to treat travel sickness.

Hyoscine is absorbed through your skin via the self adhesive Scopoderm patch. Each patch contains 1.5mg of hyoscine and can be kept on for up to three days. It must be removed after 3 days and replaced if required.

What does it do?

The hyoscine works by reducing the conflict in your brain, which can happen while travelling. You begin to feel travel sick when there is a conflict between what your inner ear vestibular balance mechanism can sense and what your eyes can see.

Hyoscine blocks receptors called muscarinic (or cholinergic) in the vomiting centre from receiving messages from the vestibular system. This prevents the internal confusion, which causes the feeling of nausea.

How to use Scopoderm patches

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This medicine works best before you start to feel ill, so it's recommended that you put on a patch 5 to 6 hours before travel. However, you can also use the patch during travel to help reduce nausea.

To ensure that you put on the patch correctly, follow these steps:

  • Remove the patch from its seal and peel off the clear, hexagonal plastic backing. Hold the patch by its edge and be careful to avoid touching the sticky side.
  • To put the patch on, find a dry, hairless area of skin behind your ear and press the silver-coloured sticky side in place. Hold the patch there and count slowly to ten.
  • Next, wash your hands thoroughly.
  • When you remove the patch, wash your hands thoroughly afterwards, as well as washing the area of skin where the patch has been.

If the patch comes off accidentally during your journey, throw away the patch, wash the area, as advised above, and put a new patch on behind the other ear.

Each patch lasts for up to 3 days (72 hours). You can use Scopoderm patches for longer journeys - just take the patch off after 3 days and put a new one behind the other ear.

Cautions when using Scopoderm patches

It's important to always wash your hands after inserting or removing a Scopoderm patch. You should also try to avoid touching the patch whilst it's on. This is because, if you touch your eyes with hyoscine on your fingers, the substance can temporarily blur your vision.

Also, do not drink alcohol or take other anti-sickness medicines whilst using Scopoderm patches.

Provided that you have applied the patch properly, you can swim, bathe or shower with little risk of it coming off. However, it is best not to stay in the water too long.

Do not cut the patches in an attempt to reduce the dosage. This may release a much larger dose in a short time period.

Side effects of Scopoderm patches

As with any medicine, there are potential side effects. The most commonly reported side effect is a dryness of the mouth, although this does not last long.

If you experience a dry mouth as a side effect of this medicine you may find that medicines designed to dissolve and be absorbed from under the tongue, e.g. sublingual glyceryl trinitrate (GTN) tablets, become less effective. This is because the tablets do not dissolve properly in a dry mouth. To resolve this, drink a mouthful of water before taking sublingual tablets.

Other possible side effects include:

  • Sleepiness.
  • Dizziness.
  • Blurred vision or other visual disturbance.
  • Redness, itching, or irritation of the skin where a patch has been.
  • Changes in size of pupils.
  • Decreased sweating.

If any of these effects are severe, or if you experience any other side effects, take the patch off and consult a doctor. Also seek medical assistance if any side effect lasts for over 24 hours, after removing the patch. However, it is rare for the symptoms to persist this long.

Due to the potential side effect of drowsiness, you must not drive or operate machinery whilst wearing a Scopoderm patch.

When not to use Scopoderm patches

During a Dr Fox online consultation, we will determine whether Scopoderm patches are suitable for you. However, check with your GP before using Scopoderm patches if:

  • You suffer from any serious gastrointestinal, kidney disease, or heart disease.
  • You suffer from epilepsy.
  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • If you have ever had glaucoma.
  • Have a history of bladder or bowel obstruction.
  • If you've had a bad reaction to hyoscine, or other anti-sickness medication in the past.
  • Have ulcerative colitis.
  • Have diarrhoea or fever.
  • Have Down's Syndrome.

If you are aged over 60 and are not fit and well, you may be more likely to experience dizziness with Scopoderm. Remove the patch and stop using Scopoderm if this happens.

Other medications which interact with Scopoderm

Do not use Scopoderm patches if you are taking any of the following medicines, unless advised by your doctor:

  • Amantadine (an antiviral).
  • Antihistamines.
  • Antipsychotics.
  • Antidepressants.
  • Linezolid (an antibiotic - used very rarely).
  • Domperidone and metoclopramide (for nausea and vomiting).
  • GTN tablets or under tongue spray (for angina).

Scopoderm patches are not suitable for children less than 10 years old. Dr Fox does not supply medication to under 18s.

Additional Information

See Dr Fox travel sickness page and the NHS website on travel sickness.

Patient Information Leaflet

Illustration of patient leaflet from medicine packet

The Patient Information Leaflet (PIL) is the leaflet included in the pack with a medicine and must be read before taking the medicine. It is written for patients and gives information about taking or using a medicine.

Scopoderm patient leaflet

Dr Tony Steele

Authored 01 April 2014 by Dr Tony Steele
MB ChB Sheffield University 1983. Former hospital doctor and GP.

Reviewed by Dr A. Wood, Dr B. Babor, Dr P. Hunt
Last reviewed 17 October 2020
Last updated 2 February 2022


Product reviews

Scopoderm patches rated 4.97/5 in 34 product reviews

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Scopoderm Patches

Easy to use and I didn't get sick (I normally would have). I didn't notice any side effects.

12/02/2022 09:48
Anonymous Verified

Scopoderm Patches

Applied the evening before, it worked really effectively on a long coach journey. Reccomended.

20/10/2021 18:52
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Scopoderm Patches

Very effective and fast to get to work. Highly recommended!

25/02/2021 12:33
A. Lownds Verified

Scopoderm Patches

Fantastic. Could travel on boat and in car without feeling ill.

24/09/2020 08:22
A. Taylor Verified

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Excellent service many thanks

02/08/2020 12:17
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