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Rotigotine Side Effects

Common Side Effects

Rotigotine has been studied extensively in clinical trials. In these studies, one group of people received the real medication, while another group received a placebo (a patch that did not contain any active ingredients). As a result, it was possible to see what side effects occurred, how often they appeared, and how they compared to the group using the placebo.
It is important to note that these studies sometimes used a rotigotine dosage that was higher than what is currently recommended; this higher amount increased the risk for side effects.
In these studies, the most common rotigotine side effects included:
  • Nausea -- in up to 48 percent of people
  • Skin reactions at the application site -- up to 46 percent
  • Drowsiness -- up to 32 percent
  • Dizziness -- up to 23 percent
  • Headache -- up to 21 percent
  • Vomiting -- up to 19 percent.
Other common side effects, occurring in 10 percent to 18 percent of people, included:
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Increased sweating
  • Swelling/water retention in the hands, lower legs, and feet
  • Joint pain
  • New or worsened movement disorders
  • Hallucinations
  • The common cold.

Final Thoughts

You may experience some or none of the side effects listed in this article. Unfortunately, there is no way for your healthcare provider to know beforehand if you will have problems with a medicine that you have never tried.
Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you develop any side effects while using rotigotine or if something "just does not seem right." While it may not be related to the medication, your healthcare provider will be able to diagnose and treat the problem.
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