Scopolamine, also known as hyoscine, is a medication used to treat motion sickness and post-operative nausea and vomiting. E-Medicine Health states that scopolamine helps decrease the secretion of fluids, slowing the stomach and intestines, and dilates the pupils. This drug has also been called “devil’s breath” and has been used to reduce a person’s free will and coerce someone into doing something. Scopolamine has been used recreationally; it creates feelings of euphoria and produces hallucinations.
Above It All Treatment Center identifies the following side effects associated with scopolamine: dry mouth, blurry vision, dizziness, flushing, lightheadedness, urination issues, confusion, rapid or irregular heartbeat, disorientation, extreme drowsiness, and more. Due to the damaging effects that scopolamine can cause, it is not intended for long-term or recreational use.
Scopolamine has been used in the past as a tablet to be taken orally, but is now in the form of a patch (also known as the transdermal route) that one can place behind their ear. With this, the medicine soaks into the skin. Everyday Health notes that scopolamine blocks the activity of the neurotransmitter (acetycholine) which stimulates the part of the brain that triggers nausea and vomiting, as well as involuntary muscle movement and more. This drug can also cause serious allergic reaction such as constriction of the throat and difficulty breathing, swelling of the lips, tongue, or face, and hives. Before taking this medication, consult with your doctor to ensure that you are not allergic to it.
Long term use of scopolamine may cause a person to develop dependency to it. If you feel as though you cannot feel happy and relaxed without taking this drug, you may be addicted to it. The first step in treatment for scopolamine addiction is detoxification, in which the body dispels of the toxins placed in it through excessive drug consumption. From there, you will begin treatment towards your recovery.
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