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Neupro (generically known as rotigotine) is a prescription medicine used to treat Parkinson's disease and moderate-to-severe primary Restless Legs Syndrome. Neupro belongs to a class of medications called dopamine agonists that works by acting in place of dopamine. It works by stimulating dopamine receptors in the brain, a natural substance produced in the brain that helps regulate movement and mood.
Rotigotine is often administered through a transdermal patch and can improve motor function and decrease tremors in people with Parkinson's disease. It provides continuous delivery of rotigotine, a non-ergoline dopamine agonist, for 24 hours following application to the skin.
Uses and Dosage
Neupro is available in different doses ranging from 1 mg to 8 mg of rotigotine. To get the best results, use Neupro regularly. The patch is worn for 24 hours before it is replaced, and the patch should be changed at the same time each day.
The dosage of your Neupro patch will depend on your medical condition and response to treatment. Do not suddenly stop using the patch or change the dosage, as this may worsen your condition or lead to withdrawal symptoms.
To use the neupro (rotigotine transdermal system) patch, follow these general steps:
- Wash your hands before handling the patch.
- Choose a clean, dry, hairless area of skin on your stomach, thigh, hip, or flank (side of the body between the ribs and the hip).
- Open the patch pouch and remove the patch from the protective liner.
- Apply the patch immediately after removing it from the liner to the chosen area of skin.
- Press firmly with the palm of your hand for about 30 seconds to make sure the patch sticks well.
- Wash your hands again after applying the patch.
Common Side Effects of Neupro (Rotigotine):
- Increased sweating
- Insomnia or trouble sleeping
- Loss of appetite
- Mild skin irritation at the application site
Serious Side Effects of Neupro (Rotigotine):
- Irregular heartbeat
- Mental or mood changes
- Severe dizziness
- Unusual strong urges (i.e., gambling or sex)
- Worsening uncontrolled movement
Form and Strength
Neupro (Rotigotine) is available in the following forms and strengths:
Neupro: Transdermal Patch
- 1 mg
- 2 mg
- 3 mg
- 4 mg
- 6 mg
- 8 mg
- Use of NEUPRO has been associated with sudden episodes of falling asleep without warning, particularly in people with Parkinson's disease. Patients should avoid driving and other potentially hazardous activities until they know how NEUPRO affects them.
- Use of NEUPRO may lead to a drop in blood pressure, which can be particularly problematic for patients with a history of low blood pressure.
- Patients who stop taking NEUPRO abruptly may experience withdrawal symptoms, including fever, confusion, and muscle stiffness. Follow the instructions of your healthcare provider when starting or stopping NEUPRO.
- Use of NEUPRO has been associated with worsening of psychiatric symptoms, such as depression or anxiety. Patients should notify their healthcare provider if they experience any changes in their mood or behavior.
- NEUPRO is still unknown whether this could potentially cause danger to unborn and breastfed children. To be safe, pregnant, and breastfeeding mothers should avoid using this unless highly needed.
- NEUPRO contains sulfites, which can cause allergic reactions in some people. Patients with a history of sulfite sensitivity should use NEUPRO with caution.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Can NEUPRO be used with other medications?
NEUPRO may interact with other medications, so it is important to make sure your healthcare provider knows about all the medications you are taking, including over-the-counter medications and supplements.
What should I do if I miss a dose of NEUPRO?
If you miss a dose of NEUPRO, apply a new patch as soon as you remember. If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule.
How long does it take for NEUPRO to start working?
It may take several weeks for NEUPRO to start working fully. Your healthcare provider may need to adjust your dose to find the right level for you.
How should I dispose of used NEUPRO patches?
Used NEUPRO patches should be folded in half and disposed of in a trash can that is out of reach of children and pets. Do not flush used patches down the toilet.
It's important to purchase Neupro from verified Canadian pharmacy.