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Your healthcare provider may recommend using rotigotine patches to help relieve the symptoms of Parkinson's disease or restless legs syndrome. This medicated patch is available by prescription only and is applied to the skin once daily. It is generally well tolerated, but side effects are possible and may include drowsiness, nausea, and vomiting.

What Is Rotigotine?

Rotigotine (Neupro®) is a prescription medication approved to treat Parkinson's disease and restless legs syndrome (RLS). It comes in the form of a skin patch that is applied just once a day.
 
Rotigotine was unavailable in the United States for a few years starting in 2008, due to problems manufacturing the patches. They were unavailable until 2012, when the patches were reformulated.
 
(Click What Is Rotigotine Used For? for more information on this topic, including possible off-label uses.)
 

Are There Side Effects?

Just like any medicine, rotigotine can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the medication will have problems. In fact, many people tolerate it quite well.
 
If side effects do occur, in many cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider.
 
Common rotigotine side effects include but are not limited to:
 
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Drowsiness.
 
(Click Rotigotine Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
 
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