Neupro

(rotigotine)

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

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

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Quick facts about Neupro
  • Drug class: Neurology
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

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.
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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.
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How it works

Neupro (rotigotine) mimics dopamine to activate parts of the brain responsible for regulating movement.

Quick facts about Neupro
  • Drug class: Neurology
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available
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What to expect when you take Neupro (rotigotine) for Parkinson's disease

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  • Possible side effects
  • Skin irritation
  • Nausea
  • Swelling of the hands and feet
  • Dizziness
  • Vomiting
  • Visual disturbance
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Side effect rates for Neupro (rotigotine)

From 129 clinical trials of Neupro when taken for parkinson's disease (6 mg/24 hours)
  • Nausea
    48%48%
    13%13%
  • Skin irritation
    32%32%
    19%19%
  • Dizziness
    22%22%
    11%11%
  • Vomiting
    20%20%
    3%3%
  • Sleepiness
    19%19%
    3%3%
  • Insomnia
    14%14%
    6%6%
  • Increased sweating
    11%11%
    3%3%
  • Anorexia
    9%9%
  • Fatigue
    6%6%
    3%3%
  • Visual disturbances
    5%5%
  • Constipation
    5%5%
    3%3%
  • Redness
    5%5%
    3%3%
  • Abnormal dreams
    3%3%
  • Abnormal electrocardiogram reading
    3%3%
  • Difficulty with maintaining balance
    3%3%
  • Upset stomach
    3%3%
  • Ringing in the ears
    3%3%
  • Hallucinations
    3%3%
    2%2%
  • Muscle spasms
    3%3%
    2%2%
  • Numbness of the hands and feet
    3%3%
    2%2%
  • Swelling of the hands and feet
    3%3%
    2%2%
  • White blood cells in urine
    3%3%
    2%2%
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Where we got our data »

The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of Neupro.

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Risks and Warnings for Neupro (rotigotine)

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  • Neupro (rotigotine) contains sulfite, which may cause allergic reactions in some people. Seek medical help right away if you develop hives, swelling of the lips or face, or difficulty breathing after taking Neupro (rotigotine). If you have a history of allergies to sulfites, talk with your doctor.

Common concerns from people taking Neupro (rotigotine)

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Kidneys and liver
  • Can use regardless of any pre-existing kidney or liver problems.