Rotigotine skin patches were withdrawn from the U.S. market in April 2008.
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.
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.
Call your doctor at once if you have serious side effects such as extreme drowsiness, falling asleep suddenly, breathing problems, severe or sudden headache, hallucinations, chest pain, swelling, fainting, or restless muscle movements in your eyes, tongue, jaw, or neck.
You may have increased sexual urges, intense or unusual urges to gamble, or other intense urges while taking rotigotine. Talk with your doctor if you believe you have any intense or unusual urges while you are using rotigotine.
Avoid getting up too fast from a sitting or lying position, or you may feel dizzy. Get up slowly and steady yourself to prevent a fall.
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.