What is Scopolamine?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Buscopan Hyoscine butylbromide Kwells Show all

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See also: Hyoscine hydrobromide

Scopolamine, also known as hyoscine, is a tropane alkaloid drug obtained from plants of the family Solanaceae (nightshades), such as henbane or jimson weed (Datura species). It is used in ALS/MND to reduce excessive saliva.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Irritable bowel syndrome 22 13
Stomach pain 16 7
Bowel irritability 12 6
Abdominal cramps 6 6
Excess saliva 3 1

Show all 22 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 1
Moderate 1
Mild 4
None 23

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Scopolamine

Side effect Patients
Blindness right eye 1
Blurry vision 1
Constipation 1
Dizziness and feeling faint 1
Overheated 1
Sleepiness (at first only) 1

Show all 7 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Scopolamine

Dosage Patients
10mg as needed 2
0.8 mg daily 1
8 tablet(s) daily 1
10 mcg four times daily 1
20 mg four times daily 1
20mg as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Scopolamine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 6
Did not seem to work 5
Doctor's advice 2
Side effects too severe 2
Expense 1
Personal research 1
See all 17 patients who've stopped taking Scopolamine

Duration

Currently taking Scopolamine

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
2 - 5 years 2
5 - 10 years 4

Stopped taking Scopolamine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 10
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 1
2 - 5 years 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 19
Usually 5
Sometimes 3
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 2
A little hard to take 3
Not at all hard to take 24
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 13
Not specified 15

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Scopolamine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Alverine (Spasmonal) 1
Hyoscine - metamizol (Buscopan Compositum) 1
Mebeverine (Colofac) 1

Patients stopped taking Scopolamine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Meclizine (Antivert) 1
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4 patient evaluations for Scopolamine

Feb 21, 2013 (Started Sep 26, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for irritable bowel syndrome)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Mar 24, 2012 (Started Oct 15, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Stomach Cramps and IBS)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 6 Daily
Advice & Tips: this drug is fantastic 4 cramps when my ibs flares up its a life saver ?

  • 0 helpful marks

Aug 27, 2011 (Started Feb 14, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for excess saliva)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 4 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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