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Rotigotine

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Uses
Dosing
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Notes

    Related terms
    • Brand Names: U.S.: Neupro®

    Uses
    • It is used to treat Parkinson's disease.
    • It is used to treat restless leg syndrome.
    • Rotigotine helps keep chemical balance in the brain.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • Do not use patches that are cut or do not look right.
    • Wash your hands before and after use.
    • Put patch on clean, dry, healthy skin on the belly, hip, lower back, shoulder, upper leg, or upper arm.
    • Put patch on at the same time of day.
    • Shave hair at a site 3 days before putting a patch on it.
    • Press patch firmly in place for 30 seconds when putting it on.
    • Move the patch site with each new patch. Do not put on the same site for 14 days.
    • Be careful to not knock loose the patch while bathing or showering.
    • If the patch falls off, put a new one on.
    • If the patch loosens, put tape ONLY on the edges of the patch to hold it in place.
    • When patch is taken off, wash site with soap and water.

    Missed Dose

    • Put on a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
    • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
    • Do not put on 2 doses or extra doses.
    • Do not change the dose or stop this drug. Talk with the doctor.

    Storage

    • Store at room temperature.
    • After you take off a skin patch, be sure to fold the sticky sides of the patch to each other.

    Safety



    Avoid

    • If you have an allergy to rotigotine or any other part of this drug.
    • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
    • If you have a sulfite allergy, talk with your doctor.

    Precautions

    • The patch may have metal. Take off the patch before an MRI.
    • If you have been taking this drug for many weeks, talk with your doctor before stopping. You may want to slowly stop this drug.
    • If you have heart disease, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have mental illness, talk with your doctor.
    • Check all drugs you are taking with your doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Avoid beer, wine, mixed drinks, or other drugs and natural products that slow your actions.
    • Avoid use of heat sources (such as sunlamps, tanning beds, heating pads, electric blankets, heat lamps, saunas, hot tubs, heated waterbeds). Avoid long, hot baths or sunbathing. Your temperature may rise and cause too much drug to pass into your body.
    • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.
    • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding.

    Side Effects

    • Feeling lightheaded, sleepy, having blurred eyesight, or a change in thinking clearly. Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions that call for you to be alert or have clear eyesight until you see how this drug affects you.
    • Feeling dizzy. Rise slowly over a few minutes when sitting or lying down. Be careful climbing.
    • Upset stomach or throwing up. Many small meals, good mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help.
    • High blood pressure.
    • Weight gain.
    • Skin irritation.

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue or gray skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Falling asleep during activities such as eating or talking.
    • Strong urges that are hard to control (such as gambling or sex).
    • Very bad dizziness or passing out.
    • Change in thinking clearly and with logic.
    • Very upset stomach or throwing up.
    • Feeling very tired or weak.
    • Very bad swelling or pain of hands or feet.
    • A big weight gain.
    • Any skin change.
    • Any rash.
    • Side effect or health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear an allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs may be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada, take any unused drugs to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Call your doctor for help with any side effects. If in the U.S., you may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or if in Canada, you may also call Health Canada's Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.

    Author information
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    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

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