Transderm Scop. (Scopolamine) is a drug put out by Novartis that is prescribed by doctors for motion sickness. Motion sickness is a problem that affects a lot of people not only when they’re traveling long distances but, also, even when they just going a few miles down the street in the car. Boat trips too can be a problem and I even have a friend who has problems on planes. Transderm Scop. (Scopolamine) can be prescribed by your doctor to help with motion sickness. Transderm Scop. (Scopolamine) is easy to use, as it’s a small patch you just apply to the skin behind your ear about 4 hours before you plan to travel.
Transderm Scop does, however, have some side effects including dry mouth or cotton mouth, also known in medical circles as xerostomia. Dry mouth/cotton mouth can be a debilitating condition if not taken care of properly. If you do use Transderm Scop. (Scopolamine) and you suffer from dry mouth/cotton mouth, try these home remedies. One of them might help.
Drink Fluids Consistently – More than two thirds of people taking Transderm Scop. (Scopolamine) report having problems with xerostomia (dry mouth or cotton mouth). If you drink fluids throughout the day, especially things like water, decaffeinated drinks, or juices, you’ll be much less likely to have problems with dry mouth/cotton mouth (xerostomia).
Don’t Smoke – Try not to smoke and, if you can, quit while you’re using the Transderm Scop. (Scopolamine) patch. Using a Transderm Scop. patch along with a nicotine patch isn’t recommended, so do try to quit without using a nicotine patch if at all possible. Among all the other health problems smoking causes, it also causes dry mouth/cotton mouth, so it’s preferable not to exacerbate the problem by smoking too.
Be Careful What You Eat – What you eat can also have an effect on dry mouth/cotton mouth (xerostomia). Too much chicken, foods containing peanuts (eg: peanut butter), and gluten products (breads etc.) can cause your dry mouth/cotton mouth problems to get worse. Eat more fruit and vegetables, fish, sushi, etc. as this will help with dry mouth problems.
Take Vitamins – Some health practitioners think that taking vitamin supplements can also help with dry mouth (xerostomia) when you’re using Transderm Scop. I’ve heard recommendations to take fish oil capsules, Vitamin B complex (stress can also have an impact on cotton mouth, and Vitamin B complex helps with stress), Vitamin C and Vitamins D and E. Take these supplements every day before meals, and you should notice a difference in your xerostomia.
Remember, even though you may need to take Transderm Scop. (Scopolamine) it does not mean you have to suffer with dry mouth/cotton mouth symptoms. Try these home remedies and, if you still have problems, contact your doctor for other suggestions. Most people who take Transderm Scop. (Scopolamine) do manage to control the dry mouth symptoms and you can too.