Compare Neupro vs. carbidopa / levodopa

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Neupro (rotigotine)

Prescription only
Helps with movement disorders due to Parkinson's or restless legs syndrome.

Neupro (rotigotine) is an effective treatment for Parkinson's disease or restless legs syndrome, but can cause troublesome side-effects related to impulse control.

Treats Parkinson's disease.

Sinemet (carbidopa / levodopa) is the first choice treatment for Parkinson's disease.

Upsides
  • Can use regardless of any pre-existing kidney or liver problems.
  • Single, daily patch provides all-day control of movement disorders.
  • Good alternative for those with difficulty swalloing pills.
  • Good option for elderly because of its lower risk for confusion or mental disturbances compared to other medicines like it.
  • Sinemet (carbidopa / levodopa) is widely available as a regular pill, a quick dissolving pill or a liquid taken through a feeding tube.
  • Sinemet (carbidopa / levodopa) is available in generic.
Downsides
  • Available as brand product only and may be expensive if not covered by your insurance.
  • Patch's adhesive may irritate the skin at site of application.
  • Heat exposure can affect stability of the patch.
  • Neupro (rotigotine) can lead to withdrawal symptoms if the medication is stopped suddenly.
  • Can make you very sleepy.
  • Can stain your saliva, sweat and urine a dark color.
  • Will lose its effect over time as your disease progresses.
  • May need to be taken several times during day to control symptoms of Parkinson's disease
  • May cause unusual cravings in some people.
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Dosage forms
  • Patch
  • Pill
  • Dissolving tablet
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Side effects
22possible side effects
  • Nausea
    48%
  • Skin irritation
    32%
  • Dizziness
    22%
  • Vomiting
    20%
  • Sleepiness
    19%
  • Insomnia
    14%
  • Increased sweating
    11%
  • Anorexia
    9%
  • Fatigue
    6%
  • Visual disturbances
    5%
  • Constipation
    5%
  • Redness
    5%
  • Abnormal dreams
    3%
  • Abnormal electrocardiogram reading
    3%
  • Difficulty with maintaining balance
    3%
  • Upset stomach
    3%
  • Ringing in the ears
    3%
  • Hallucinations
    3%
  • Muscle spasms
    3%
  • Numbness of the hands and feet
    3%
  • Swelling of the hands and feet
    3%
  • White blood cells in urine
    3%
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The Sinemet (carbidopa / levodopa) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
  • Sulfite sensitivity
  • Driving impairment
    • Taking other medicines that make you sleepy
    • Sleep disorders
  • Hallucinations and unusual changes in thought
    • Psychotic disorders
  • Low blood pressure
    • Taking blood pressure medicines
  • Impulse control problems
  • Heat exposure
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  • Falling asleep during the day
    • Taking other medicines for Parkinson's
  • High fever and confusion
    • Stopping Sinemet (carbidopa / levodopa) suddenly
  • Changes in behavior
  • Lack of impulse control
    • Taking other medicines for Parkinson's disease
  • Changes in blood pressure and falls
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