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 317 155
Stiffness/Spasticity 18 8
RLS (Restless Legs Syndrome) 16 14
Tremor(s) 4 2
Improve mobility 3 3
General health 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
Severe 12
Moderate 40
Mild 53
None 61

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Rotigotine

Side effect Patients
Nausea 12
Skin irritation under patch 7
Anxious mood 4
Fatigue 4
Itching 4
Sleepiness 4

Show all 71 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Rotigotine

Dosage Patients
6 mg/24 hr daily 16
4 mg/24 hr daily 9
8 mg daily 9
2 mg/24 hr daily 3
0.167 mg daily 2
0.333 mg daily 2
4 mg daily 2
6 mg daily 2
8 mg/24h daily 2
0.0,417 mg daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Rotigotine

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Reason Patients
Other 65
Side effects too severe 58
Did not seem to work 42
Doctor's advice 31
Expense 9
Course of treatment ended 7
Change in health plan coverage 2
Personal research 2
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Duration

Currently taking Rotigotine

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 4
1 - 2 years 14
2 - 5 years 34
5 - 10 years 4

Stopped taking Rotigotine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 34
1 - 6 months 61
6 months - 1 year 46
1 - 2 years 22
2 - 5 years 7
5 - 10 years 1
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 134
Usually 21
Sometimes 5
Never taken as prescribed 6
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 4
Somewhat hard to take 26
A little hard to take 40
Not at all hard to take 96
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 17
$100-199 5
$50-99 29
$25-49 9
< $25 51
Not specified 55

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Rotigotine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Pramipexole (Mirapex) 14
Ropinirole (Requip) 11
Carbidopa-Levodopa (Sinemet) 4
Amantadine (Symmetrel) 1
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 1

Show all 10 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Rotigotine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Pramipexole (Mirapex) 11
Carbidopa-Levodopa (Sinemet) 7
Ropinirole (Requip) 5
Carbidopa Levodopa ER (Rytary XR) 2
Amantadine (Symmetrel) 1

Show all 6 treatments patients report switching to

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13 patient evaluations for Rotigotine

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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 Rotigotine 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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ojoleo
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ojoleo
Sex: M
Data Quality: 1 star
Off
Mouth/throat: mild
Arms: mild
Chest: mild
Legs: mild
I am: n
I have:
Parkinson's

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Sep 2, 2015 (Started Jul 11, 2013)

  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 1 other Daily
Cost: $50-99 monthly

Sep 2, 2014 (Started Jul 11, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Stiffness/Spasticity)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Skin irritation under patch)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 4 mg/24 hr Daily
Advice & Tips: secure patch adherence with an overpatch of Hypafix dressing retention by BSN
Cost: $50-99 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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