What is Neupro Patch?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Generic name: Rotigotine

Neupro is a brand name for rotigotine, a dopamine agonist drug delivered slowly across the skin by means of a transdermal patch, worn for 24 hrs at a time. The aim is to provide a slow, steady stream of dopamine in order to reduce symptoms and on/off fluctuations experienced in Parkinson's disease.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Parkinson's Disease 214 102
RLS (Restless Legs Syndrome) 13 11
Stiffness/Spasticity 12 4
Tremor(s) 4 2
Improve mobility 3 3
General health 2 1

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  • Slight
  • None
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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 9
Moderate 26
Mild 37
None 40

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Neupro Patch

Side effect Patients
Nausea 11
Skin irritation under patch 5
Anxious mood 4
Fatigue 4
Sleepiness 4
Itching 3

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Neupro Patch

Dosage Patients
6 mg/24 hr daily 9
4 mg/24 hr daily 7
8 mg daily 6
2 mg/24 hr daily 3
0.167 mg daily 1
0.333 mg daily 1
1 mg daily 1
8 mg weekly 1
2 other daily 1
3 mg daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Neupro Patch

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 46
Side effects too severe 41
Did not seem to work 27
Doctor's advice 23
Expense 7
Course of treatment ended 6
Change in health plan coverage 1
Personal research 1
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Duration

Currently taking Neupro Patch

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 9
2 - 5 years 20
5 - 10 years 2

Stopped taking Neupro Patch

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 23
1 - 6 months 44
6 months - 1 year 36
1 - 2 years 15
2 - 5 years 4
5 - 10 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 86
Usually 17
Sometimes 5
Never taken as prescribed 4
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 3
Somewhat hard to take 21
A little hard to take 27
Not at all hard to take 61
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 10
$100-199 3
$50-99 22
$25-49 8
< $25 33
Not specified 36

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Neupro Patch after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Ropinirole (Requip) 7
Pramipexole (Mirapex) 6
Carbidopa-Levodopa (Sinemet) 3
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 1
Carbidopa Levodopa ER (Rytary XR) 1

Show all 8 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Neupro Patch and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Pramipexole (Mirapex) 9
Ropinirole (Requip) 3
Amantadine (Symmetrel) 1
Carbidopa-Levodopa (Sinemet) 1
Carbidopa Levodopa ER (Rytary XR) 1
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9 patient evaluations for Neupro Patch

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Christina22222
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Christina22222
Data Quality: 3 stars
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 45
Condition: TBI 2 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: None
  • Physical: None
I am: vg
I have:
TBI

See Christina22222's full Neupro Patch history

Jun 30, 2016 (Started Oct 16, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Leaning to the right)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 4 mg/24 hr Daily
Advice & Tips: I was leaning way to far to the right.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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ProfGumbySan
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ProfGumbySan
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
On
Mouth/throat: mild
Arms: mild
Chest: mild
Legs: mild
I am: g
I have:
Parkinson's

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Apr 14, 2015 (Started Sep 05, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 4 mg/24 hr Daily
Advice & Tips: Since Neupro again became available in the US, I use it as prescribed, i.e., change patch daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: Edema in lower extremities, Anxious mood

Jan 31, 2010 (Started Sep 05, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Anxious mood, Edema in lower extremities)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 4 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: due to the cost, I change patches every other day instead of daily and still get the benefits I seek. After 4 weeks on the new dosage my calves & feet were very swollen, but it was mostly gone by the time I saw my neuro 01/28. He commented it was probably my body adjusting to the new dosage. I am also eating more - let's see if that cuts back? :)
Cost: $200+ monthly
Side effects: Edema in lower extremities, Anxious mood

Mar 11, 2009 (Started Sep 05, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Anxious mood)
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 2 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: It's the only dopamine agonist I can tolerate (Mirapex & Requip gave me unacceptable side effects). Re: not adhering to the dosing schedule, I cannot afford to use a Neupro patch for just one day, so I use a patch for 2-3 days with good relief. My only downside to Neupro is eating compulsively, but it's *much* better than either Mirapex or Requip.
Cost: $50-99 monthly
Side effects: Edema in lower extremities, Anxious mood

Aug 27, 2008 (Started Sep 05, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 2 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Pray Neupro patches become available again soon in the US.
Cost: $100-199 monthly
Side effects: Edema in lower extremities, Anxious mood

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server
Sex: M
Data Quality: 0 stars
On
Mouth/throat: none
Arms: none
Chest: none
Legs: mild
I have:
Parkinson's

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Aug 8, 2010 (Started Jul 20, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Improve mobility)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 4 mg/24 hr Daily
Advice & Tips: i take the Neupro patch to fill the gaps or off periods that i got with Stalevo 3x per day just one hour before the next Stalevo. it works. i can do more and feel lots stronger so it supports and enforces the Stalevo to work better. they work well together. the one thing with Neupro is to know where to put the patch. it has to be a seperate place for 14 days. the first patch was 2mg but then i noticed the 4mg is bigger in size so it takes more space. also i have found to use 3M tegaderm to cover the patch to make sure it stays to the skin. the first day it let go in the corners and i happened to be in a hospital where they put the 3M tegaderm on top of it. works like a charm and no problems of the patch letting go. it also is water protecting.

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