What is Rotigotine?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Neupro Patch

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Rotigotine, a dopamine agonist drug delivered slowly across the skin by means of a transdermal patch, is worn for 24hrs at a time. The aim is to provide a slow, steady stream of dopamine in order to reduce symptoms and on/off fluctuations.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Parkinson's disease 356 208
Restless legs syndrome 19 17
Stiffness/spasticity 19 10
Tremor in hands 5 18
Tremor(s) 4 2
Essential tremor 2 1

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 19
Moderate 51
Mild 66
None 84

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Rotigotine

Side effect Patients Percentage
Nausea 13
Skin irritation under patch 9
Itching 5
Anxious mood 4
Fatigue 4
Headaches 4

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Rotigotine

Dosage Patients Percentage
6 mg/24 hr daily 5
8 mg daily 4
0.0833 mg daily 2
0.0417 mg daily 1
0.125 mg daily 1
1 PATCH daily 1
2 mg/24 hr daily 1
3 mg daily 1
4 mg daily 1
10 mg daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Rotigotine

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Reason Patients Percentage
Other 67
Side effects too severe 65
Did not seem to work 51
Doctor's advice 36
Expense 10
Course of treatment ended 7
Personal research 3
Change in health plan coverage 2
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Duration

Currently taking Rotigotine

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 7
5 - 10 years 9
10 years or more 1

Stopped taking Rotigotine

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 45
1 - 6 months 65
6 months - 1 year 43
1 - 2 years 24
2 - 5 years 13
5 - 10 years 2
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 177
Usually 30
Sometimes 4
Never taken as prescribed 9
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 5
Somewhat hard to take 30
A little hard to take 53
Not at all hard to take 132
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 23
$100-199 10
$50-99 36
$25-49 12
< $25 65
Not specified 74

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Rotigotine after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Pramipexole (Mirapex) 19
Ropinirole (Requip) 14
Carbidopa-Levodopa (Sinemet) 3
Amantadine (Symmetrel) 2
Carbidopa-Entacapone-Levodopa (Stalevo) 2

Show all 9 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Rotigotine and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Ropinirole (Requip) 12
Carbidopa-Levodopa (Sinemet) 10
Pramipexole (Mirapex) 9
Carbidopa Levodopa ER (Rytary XR) 4
Amantadine (Symmetrel) 1

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15 patient evaluations for Rotigotine

Jul 15, 2017 (Started Sep 15, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Increase effect of another treatment)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Medication management)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for falls)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for lethargic in the evening)
  • Side effects
    Severe
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 PATCH Daily
Advice & Tips: When my physician switched me to RYTARY from carbidopa-levodopa in July 2017 I began experiencing excessive movements, imbalance and falls. I fell more in the four months after I began taking Rytary and using the neupro patch than I had in the four previous years. I left off the patch for a week and the excessive movements and imbalance symptoms gradually faded, but the wearing off returned. I then experimented and cut the patch in half and then into quarters which seemed to be the right dosage. Make sure that your medical prescribers consider factors such as how much your weight size and age when changing your medications. I don’t think this was considered in my case. I’m a 70 year old woman, 5’1” and weigh 125 lbs. Consideration of these factors should have been given before I was told to continue on as usual with the Neupro patch. Drug interaction is a primary problem with medications
Cost: $50-99 monthly

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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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Jun 25, 2016 (Started Jun 15, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    Severe (hypnagogic hallucinations, delusional behavior, excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence), hypersexuality, delusional thinking)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 8 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Have someone closely monitor your behavior and medicine for the firs few months.
Cost: $200+ monthly

Oct 7, 2015 (Started Jun 15, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    Mild (hypnagogic hallucinations, delusional behavior, excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence), hypersexuality, delusional thinking)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 8 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I use the Neupro patch; which requires making sure it is properly "stuck" to your skin and in the ideal locations they give you in their instructions. I enjoy the 24 hour release and no more pills. You should carry a spare when you are learning to apply it. Stays on well in water.
Cost: $200+ monthly

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