When using the rotigotine patch, dosing guidelines will depend on how you respond to the medicine, other medications you are taking, and various other factors. Do not suddenly stop using rotigotine, as doing so could lead to withdrawal symptoms like fever or an unstable heart rate. Also, do not cut or bend the patch, as it may cause the medication to be released too quickly.
An Introduction to Your Dosage of RotigotineThe dose of rotigotine (Neupro®) your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- How you respond to rotigotine
- Other medications you are taking
- Other medical conditions you may have.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose of rotigotine unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
- Rotigotine 1 mg/24 hours
- Rotigotine 2 mg/24 hours
- Rotigotine 3 mg/24 hours
- Rotigotine 4 mg/24 hours
- Rotigotine 6 mg/24 hours
- Rotigotine 8 mg/24 hours.
You may need to use more than one patch to achieve the proper dose. For instance, you may use two 1 mg/24 hours patches instead of a 2 mg/24 hours patch. However, you may not cut a patch in order to achieve a lower dose.
Rotigotine Dosing Guidelines for Parkinson's DiseaseThe starting dosage for early stage Parkinson's disease is a 2 mg/24 hours patch applied once daily. If necessary, your healthcare provider may increase the amount by 2 mg/24 hours every week, up to a maximum of 6 mg/24 hours.
For advanced stage Parkinson's disease, the starting dosage of rotigotine is a 4 mg/24 hours patch applied once daily. If necessary, your healthcare provider may increase the amount by 2 mg/24 hours every week.