Neupro (Rotigotine) belongs to the group of medications called dopamine agonists. This medication may be used alone or in combination with Levodopa to help control the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. The symptoms of Parkinson’s disease are caused by a decrease in the amount of dopamine in the brain. Rotigotine works by correcting the dopamine imbalance in the brain that produces these symptoms. This medication may also be used to treat moderate or severe restless legs syndrome in adults.
Neupro (Rotigotine) patches come from Canada and United Kingdom manufactured by UCB Pharma. There is no generic available for this medication. Neupro patches are available in the strength of 1 mg/24 hr, 2 mg/24 hr, 3 mg/24 hr, 4 mg/24hr, 6 mg/24 hr and 8 mg/24 hr patches.
The common side effects of Neupro patches may include:
• Increased swelling;
• Loss of appetite;
• Redness, itching or swelling at the application site;
• Trouble sleeping;
Inform your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects including:
• Fast heartbeat;
• Mental or mood changes;
• New or worsening uncontrolled movements;
• Swelling ankles or feet;
• Unusual strong urges;
• Unusual weight gain
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Please call your doctor if you have any further concerns or questions.
You should not use Neupro Patches if you are allergic to Rotigotine or if you have any other allergies. Before you start using these patches, please talk to your doctor about your medical history and about all the medications you take including OTC and herbal medications. This medication may make you dizzy or drowsy. Alcohol or marijuana can make you more dizzy or drowsy. You should not drive, use machinery or do anything that requires you to be alert. Limit alcoholic beverages. Adults who are older may be more sensitive to the side effects of this medication especially mental or mood changes. This medication should not be used during pregnancy unless it is clearly needed. It is not known if this medication passes into breast milk. Talk to your doctor before breastfeeding a baby.