I just wanted people to know that like many others, I used the scop patch for my cruise last week. All was well until the 4th day when I woke up to complete blurry vision and HUGE dilated pupils. Fortunately I had the insert with me and found out that this is one of the less common adverse reactions. It was terrifying though and took at least a full 36 hours for this effect to wear off. I think people are better off with the Bonine.
I agree, I used the patch many years ago and my eyes dialated also, I took it off right away....... and it took days for my eyes to constrict, its a funny feeling when they dialate, you feel like the wind is constantly on your eyes. I also agree, bonine, is the only thing that helps me, dramamine does nothing for me.
You never know when you are going to encounter rough seas. We had rough seas going right out of Boston since the weather was bad the day we left. You can buy the bracelets at your local CVS/Walmart. Put them on and they work pretty quickly. You can take the Bonine/Dramamine but they do take about an hour or so to kick in. The package will give you the directions for how often to take the medication. Have also heard that ginger pills do the trick.
I just talked about this in one other post, but in case anyone is wondering I thought I would talk about it here too. The active ingredient in the patch (scopolamine) is the same as the medication optometrists and ophthalmologists use to dilate the eye for testing or for post-operative treatment, thus the common side effect from the patch. It is annoying and scary but isn't really dangerous. Try not to touch your eyes after touching the patch or at least wash your hands and that should help. If you get more serious side effects such as eye pain or you feel like your heart is racing, that is when you should remove the patch and call your doctor.
Just for your info, I took the patch for a 10 day cruise in the southern carribean last year and felt great. A little dry mouth but do not remember any of the other symptoms. We are cruising in 2 weeks also in the carribean and my husband and I would not get on without it.
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Re: Warning about scop patch!
Everyone reacts differently to medications. Some people will have no problems with scopalomine; others will have bad side effects. No one answer will help everyone.
I generally distrust medications that are delivered intradermally (through a patch) because you have no regulation of the dosage given. I have a friend who had stroke-like side effects from the scop patch - and another who had no problems at all.
For Barb - do check with your MD or pharmacist. My MD after reviewing the meds I take, suggested that if I was really that afraid of being seasick suggested taking a bonine at bedtime the night before I boarded the ship, and one at bedtime every night through the duration of the cruise. It worked like a charm for me - but then again that is me. For some people Bonine doesn't work.
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