Table 3

Hyoscine patch doses and administration

One patch is normally placed behind the ear (ie, where it can be observed for adverse skin reactions)
In children under the age of eight start treatment with half a patch
If the patch is cut the matrix is disrupted and the transdermal efficacy is lost, instead an occlusive dressing is placed on the skin, the patch placed with half over the dressing and then another dressing placed over the patch
Typically, the patch is replaced every 2–3 days, alternating sites to minimise the risk of a local skin reaction