Do Scopolamine patches expire? 

Do Scopolamine patches expire? 

Yes, Scopolamine patches do expire. You can find the expiration date on the packaging. If you happen to have expired Scopolamine patches, I would not recommend using them. This is because expired medications are not guaranteed by the manufacturers or anyone else for that matter. 

You can not determine if the drug has lost its effectiveness or not. If you suffer from motion sickness and you’re relying on expired Scopolamine patches to make your journey easy, you might be making a mistake. 

What are the possible dangers associated with the use of expired Scopolamine patches? 

Expired Scopolamine transdermal patches may not pose any health hazard, but they may not work effectively either. Once the medication starts to lose its potency, you will not be able to achieve the therapeutic response you would hope for. 

This is why it’s best to rely on unexpired patches, especially if your big trip is coming up. It is recommended by the Food and Drug Administration to avoid using expired medications generally, as you never know how they may affect your body (1).

What to do if you have used expired Scopolamine patches? 

If you have used expired Scopolamine patches and they have lost their potency, you will most likely not see any therapeutic response. If you’re travelling and you feel nauseous, I recommend you to take an OTC antiemetic medication to control your nausea, if it’s possible for you to get one. 

However, it’s best to not take such risks with your health and always opt for unexpired medications

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U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Don’t Be Tempted to Use Expired Medicines [Internet]. Silver Spring (MD): U.S. Food and Drug Administration; 2021 [cited 2022 Oct 26]. Available from: