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Neupro Transdermal Patch (Rotigotine)


Neupro Transdermal Patch (Rotigotine)

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1mg / 24 hours
2mg / 24 hours
3mg / 24 hours
4mg / 24 hours
6mg / 24 hours
8mg / 24 hours

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  • Product Details


    The NEUPRO Transdermal Patch (Rotigotine) is a medicated patch used to treat Parkinson's disease and moderate-to-severe primary Restless Legs Syndrome. Parkinson's disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disorder that can cause tremors, slow movement, stiffness, and balance problems.

    Restless Legs Syndrome is a disorder that causes you to want to move your legs. As a result of long-term RLS, you may feel unpleasant sensations such as aching, burning, itching, throbbing, or tugging.

    NEUPRO Transdermal Patch (Rotigotine) is classified as a dopamine agonist.

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    Chemical Name


    Elimination half-life

    5–7 hours

    Dosage (Strength)

    1mg - 8mg (24 hours patches)


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    Protein binding


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    Routes of administration

    Transdermal patch


    For Parkinson's disease, NEUPRO Transdermal Patch (Rotigotine) dosages range from 2 mg/24 hours to 8 mg/24 hours.

    For Restless Legs Syndrome, NEUPRO Transdermal Patch (Rotigotine) dosages range from 1 mg/24 hours to 3 mg/24 hours.

    NEUPRO should be applied to clean, dry, and undamaged skin once a day. It should be held firmly in place for 30 seconds. The patch should not be placed where it could be rubbed by clothing. Do not place the patch on the same site of skin more than once every 14 days.


    The active ingredient in the NEUPRO Transdermal Patch is rotigotine.


    NEUPRO contains sodium metabisulfite which can cause allergic reactions in people who are sensitive to sulfite.

    Falling asleep or drowsiness during daily activities may occur.

    Hallucinations or psychosis may occur.

    A symptomatic drop in blood pressure upon sitting or standing up may occur, especially during dosage increases. Fainting may also occur.

    An increase in blood pressure or heart rate may occur.

    If you experience compulsive behaviors, consider decreasing the dose or stopping NEUPRO.

    You may experience a very high fever and confusion if you suddenly stop NEUPRO or decrease the dose.

    Withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety, depression, tiredness, trouble sleeping, sweating, and pain have been reported when decreasing dosages or after stopping NEUPRO.

    Side Effects

    If you experience any adverse effects while using the NEUPRO Transdermal Patch (Rotigotine), be sure to speak with your doctor. Common side effects of NEUPRO include:

    • Application site reactions
    • Anorexia
    • Dizziness
    • Drowsiness
    • Dyskinesia
    • Excessive sweating
    • Headache
    • Nausea
    • Peripheral edema
    • Sleep problems
    • Vision problems
    • Vomiting


    1. NEUPRO Prescribing Information. Smyrna, GA: UCB, Inc., 2021.
    2. What Is Parkinson's? Parkinson's Foundation. Accessed October 20, 2021.
    3. Restless Legs Syndrome. Cleveland Clinic. Last reviewed January 24, 2020. Accessed October 20, 2021.

    Frequently Asked Questions about Neupro Transdermal Patch (Rotigotine)

    What is Neupro Transdermal Patch (Rotigotine) used for?

    Neupro Transdermal Patch is a dopamine agonist used to treat Parkinson's disease and Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS). It works on the nervous system to alleviate symptoms of these conditions.

    Can I get my Neupro Patch wet?

    Yes, you can bathe, shower, or swim while wearing the Neupro Patch, but avoid hot baths as the heat may cause too much medicine to pass through your skin.

    What if my Neupro Patch falls off?

    If the patch falls off, apply a fresh one until your regular scheduled time, then place a new patch on a different skin part.

    How long does it take for the Neupro Patch to start working?

    The doctor will begin with a low dose and may change it weekly. It may take several weeks to find the dose that best controls your symptoms.

    What should I avoid while taking Neupro?

    Avoid driving or operating machinery until you know how Neupro affects you. Also, do not expose the patch to heat or wear it during MRI or cardioversion procedures.

    How do I apply the Neupro Patch?

    Apply the patch to a clean, dry, and hairless skin area. Press firmly for 30 seconds for good skin contact. Change the patch location daily and do not reuse the same location for 14 days.

    Are there any side effects of Neupro Patch?

    Common side effects include skin reactions at the application site, changes in blood pressure or heart rate, dizziness, sleepiness, and behavioral changes like increased urges (gambling, spending, eating) or hallucinations.

    Can Neupro Patch be used in elderly patients?

    While it is generally useful in elderly patients, they are more likely to develop hallucinations and should be used with caution.

    What precautions should I take if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The medication may alter milk production or composition. If you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, consult your doctor.

    How do I safely stop using the Neupro Patch?

    Do not stop or change your treatment without consulting your doctor. Stopping suddenly may cause withdrawal symptoms.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: The above information is intended to increase awareness of health information and does not suggest treatment or diagnosis. This information is not a substitute for individual medical attention and should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. See your health care professional for medical advice and treatment.

    Product Code : 11660

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