Motion Sickness Patch Side Effect

Motion Sickness Patch Side Effect
One way to prevent nausea and other complications from motion sickness requires using a small circular flat patch behind the ear to alleviate symptoms. While most patches reduce the symptoms, some people experience side effects.

Allergic Reaction

Some people are allergic to scopolamine, the active ingredient in the patch. Remove the patch immediately if difficulty in breathing or hives occur.

Dry Mouth

Thirty-three percent of the people using motion sickness patches experience dryness of the mouth, according to motion sickness manufacturer Transderm Scop. Dry mouth may be alleviated by sipping water.


Drowsiness is a common side effect of the patch. While this side effect will disappear after the patch is removed, travelers should avoid driving until symptoms dissipate.

Eye Effects

Some people experience blurred vision or dilation of their pupils if the patch comes in contact with their eyes. This may be avoided by washing your hands immediately after applying the patch and upon removing it.

Drug Withdrawal

Dizziness, nausea, vomiting and headaches may be felt once the drug is discontinued. The symptoms typically appear in people who used the patch for more than three days, according to Transderm Scop. If the symptoms persist, consult a doctor.

Article Written By Nancy Wagner

Nancy Wagner is a marketing strategist and speaker who started writing in 1998. She writes business plans for startups and established companies and teaches marketing and promotional tactics at local workshops. Wagner's business and marketing articles have appeared in "Home Business Journal," "Nation’s Business," "Emerging Business" and "The Mortgage Press," among others. She holds a B.S. from Eastern Illinois University.

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