May 26, 2016


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How does Scopolia work?

Scopolia contains several chemicals which are similar to prescription medications, including hyoscyamine, atropine, and scopolamine. These chemicals relax muscles lining the digestive and urinary tracts.

Are there safety concerns?

Scopolia is LIKELY UNSAFE when taken by mouth for self-medication. There is only a small difference between a beneficial dose and a poisonous dose, and products vary in concentrations of chemicals. Early symptoms of poisoning include reddened skin and dry mouth. Other symptoms include high body temperature, vision problems, difficulty urinating, and constipation. Taking large amounts of scopolia can cause restlessness, compulsive speech, and hallucinations, followed by breathing problems, and death.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

It is LIKELY UNSAFE for anyone to use scopolia, but people with the following conditions are especially likely to experience unwanted side effects:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Scopolia is LIKELY UNSAFE. Don't use it if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.

Heart problems such as congestive heart failure (CHF) or rapid, irregular heartbeat: Scopolia might make heart problems worse. Don't use it if you have one of these conditions.

Down syndrome: People with Down syndrome might be especially sensitive to the harmful effects of scopolia. Don't give it to them.

Hiatal hernia or heartburn (esophageal reflux disease): Scopolia might make esophageal reflux disease worse. Don't use it if you have this condition.

Fever: Scopolia might raise the body temperature. Don't use it if you have a fever.

Digestive tract conditions including constipation, stomach ulcers, stomach or intestinal infections, ulcerative colitis, enlarged colon (toxic megacolon), or blockage of the digestive tract: Scopolia might make digestive tract problems worse. Don't use it if you have one of these conditions.

Narrow-angle glaucoma: Scopolia might make narrow-angle glaucoma worse. Don't use it if you have this condition.

Trouble urinating (urinary retention): Scopolia might make urinary retention worse. Don't use it if you have this condition.

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