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In this Article
- What is rotigotine (Neupro)?
- What are the possible side effects of rotigotine (Neupro)?
- What is the most important information I should know about rotigotine (Neupro)?
- What should I discuss with my health care provider before using rotigotine (Neupro)?
- How should I use rotigotine (Neupro)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Neupro)?
- What happens if I overdose (Neupro)?
- What should I avoid while using rotigotine (Neupro)?
- What other drugs will affect rotigotine (Neupro)?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my health care provider before using rotigotine (Neupro)?
Do not use this medication if you are allergic to rotigotine, povidone, or silicone.
Before using rotigotine, tell your doctor if you have:
- asthma or any allergies;
- heart disease or congestive heart failure;
- high blood pressure;
- epilepsy or other seizure disorder; or
- tremors (dyskinesia) or uncontrolled muscle movements.
FDA pregnancy category C. Rotigotine may be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.
Rotigotine may pass into breast milk and could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Rotigotine may cause you to fall asleep during normal daytime activities such as working, talking, eating, or driving. You may fall asleep suddenly, even after feeling alert. Tell your doctor if you have any problems with daytime sleepiness or drowsiness. If you are unsure of how this medicine will affect you, be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be awake and alert.
You may have increased sexual urges, intense or unusual urges to gamble, or other intense urges while using rotigotine. It is not known whether the medicine actually causes this effect. Talk with your doctor if you believe you have any intense or unusual urges while you are using rotigotine.
Some people using medicines for Parkinson's disease have developed skin cancer (melanoma). However, people with Parkinson's disease may have a higher risk than most people for developing melanoma. Talk to your doctor about your specific risk and what skin symptoms to watch for. You may need to have regular skin exams.
The rotigotine transdermal patch may burn your skin if you wear the patch during an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging). Remove the patch before undergoing such a test.
How should I use rotigotine (Neupro)?
Use this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not apply more patches or wear them for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the instructions on your prescription label.
Rotigotine transdermal comes with patient instructions for safe and effective use. Follow these directions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
Never cut or tear a rotigotine patch.
Apply a rotigotine patch once daily to clean, dry, intact skin. The best place to wear the patch is on your stomach, hip, thigh, upper arm, shoulder, or the lower left or right side of your back.
If you plan to wear a patch on an area of skin that is hairy, shave the area at least 3 days before wearing a patch on it. Choose another hairless skin area to wear your patch during that time.
Do not place a rotigotine patch on red, irritated, or broken skin.
Avoid placing the patch where it will be rubbed by tight clothing. Do not place the patch in the folds of your skin. The patch should remain flat on the skin at all times. Take care to avoid accidentally removing the patch while showering or during physical activity.
The rotigotine patch is usually worn for 24 hours around the clock.
Use a different place on your body each day when putting on a new patch. Do not wear a patch on the same place twice within 14 days.
Always wash your hands after handling or applying a rotigotine patch.
When it is time to change your patch, remove the worn patch slowly to prevent skin irritation. Wash the area with soap and water. Use baby oil to remove any excess adhesive from your skin. Do not use rubbing alcohol, nail polish remover, or other solvents that can irritate the skin.
Do not stop using rotigotine without first talking to your doctor. You may need to use less and less before you stop using the patches completely. Stopping suddenly can cause fever, stiff muscles, confusion, sweating, and fast or uneven heartbeats.
Store rotigotine patches at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep each patch in its original pouch until you are ready to use it. The pouch should open easily. Do not use scissors to cut open the pouch.
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