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Rotigotine transdermal

Updated 2 Feb 2023 | Other dopaminergic drugs


Transdermal patches containing rotigotine.

Drugs List

  • NEUPRO 1mg/24hour patch
  • NEUPRO 2mg/24hour patch
  • NEUPRO 3mg/24hour patch
  • NEUPRO 4mg/24hour patch
  • NEUPRO 6mg/24hour patch
  • NEUPRO 8mg/24hour patch
  • rotigotine 1mg/24hour patch
  • rotigotine 2mg/24hour patch
  • rotigotine 3mg/24hour patch
  • rotigotine 4mg/24hour patch
  • rotigotine 6mg/24hour patch
  • rotigotine 8mg/24hour patch
  • Therapeutic Indications


    Advanced stage Parkinson's disease
    Early stage Parkinson's disease
    Moderate to severe idiopathic Restless Legs Syndrome: Symptomatic treatment

    Moderate to severe idiopathic Restless Legs Syndrome.

    Idiopathic Parkinson's disease either alone (mainly in the early stage) or as an adjunct to levodopa therapy.


    Patches should be applied once daily, preferably at the same time each day, and should be replaced every 24 hours, by a new patch at a different site of application.

    If a patch is forgotten, or becomes detached, another patch should be applied for the remainder of the day.


    Restless legs syndrome
    Initially 1mg/24 hours, increased if needed by 1mg/24 hours each week. Maximum dose 3mg/24 hours.
    Review the need to continue treatment every 6 months.

    Treatment discontinuation
    Discontinue gradually in steps of 1mg/24 hours, preferably on alternate days.

    Parkinson's disease
    Early-stage Parkinson's Disease
    Initially 2mg/24 hours, increased by 2mg/24 hours each week until an effective dose is achieved. Maximum dose 8mg/24 hours.

    Advanced-stage Parkinson's Disease with fluctuations
    Initially 4mg/24 hours, increased by 2mg/24 hours each week until an effective dose is achieved. Maximum dose 16mg/24 hours.

    Treatment discontinuation
    Discontinue gradually in steps of 2mg/24 hours, preferably on alternate days.


    Children under 18 years

    Precautions and Warnings

    Severe hepatic impairment

    Advise patient/carer risk of dopamine dysregulation syndrome (DDS)
    Advise patient ability to drive or operate machinery may be impaired
    Not all available strengths are licensed for all indications
    Contains sodium metabisulfite. Caution,may cause allergic reactions
    Avoid application to broken skin
    Avoid exposing application site to direct external heat
    Remove patch prior to MRI scan or cardioversion
    Rotate application sites - avoid applying patch to the same site
    Monitor blood pressure especially at the start of treatment
    Monitor for signs of fibrotic changes - discontinue if they occur
    Monitor ophthalmic function
    Monitor patients for impulse control disorders
    Perform eye tests in any patient with vision change/ophthalmologic symptoms
    Review treatment if impulse control disorders symptoms occur
    Advise patient of the possibility of excessive daytime sleepiness
    Advise patient to report episodes of syncope
    Treatment of Restless Legs Syndrome may result in augmentation of symptoms
    Avoid abrupt withdrawal: May cause signs of neuroleptic malignant syndrome
    To discontinue, reduce dose gradually
    Discontinue if severe skin reaction occurs
    Reduce dose or discontinue if sudden onset of sleep during daily activities
    Consider dose reduction in severe hepatic impairment
    Advise that effects are potentiated by CNS depressants (including alcohol)
    Female: Ensure adequate contraception during treatment
    Advise patient/carer about symptoms of impulse control disorders
    Advise patients that hallucinations can occur

    Inform patients/carers about the risk of impulse control disorders including pathological gambling, increased libido, hypersexuality, compulsive spending, binge eating and compulsive eating. Dose reduction/tapered discontinuation should be considered if such symptoms develop.

    Abnormal thinking and behaviour has been reported. This may present as paranoid ideation, delusions, hallucinations, confusion, psychotic-like behaviour, disorientation, aggressive behaviour, agitation and delirium.

    Fibrotic complications have been reported in patients receiving ergot derived dopaminergic agents. The risk with non ergot derived dopamine agonists such as ropinirole is unknown.

    Application site reactions commonly occur. Reassess the benefits of continued treatment if reactions last more than a few days, are persistent, increase in severity or spread outside the application site. Avoid exposing affected areas to direct sunlight until the skin has healed as skin discolouration may occur. Discontinue treatment if a generalised skin reaction occurs.

    An increased incidence of dopaminergic side effects may be seen in patients with Parkinson's disease using concomitant levodopa including hallucinations, dyskinesia and peripheral oedema.

    Pregnancy and Lactation


    Rotigotine is contraindicated during pregnancy.

    The manufacturer states that rotigotine should not be used during pregnancy. Some animal studies have reported embryo-toxicity. Human pregnancy data is extremely limited and as such the potential risk is unknown.


    Rotigotine is contraindicated during breastfeeding.

    The manufacturer states that breastfeeding should be discontinued during treatment with rotigotine. Animal studies have shown that rotigotine and/or its metabolite(s) are excreted in breast milk. Presence in human breast milk is unknown. Rotigotine is known to decrease prolactin secretion in humans and as such, may affect lactation.


    Advise patients to apply the patch to clean, dry, intact healthy skin on the abdomen, thigh, hip, flank, shoulder, or upper arm. They should avoid touching the sticky side of the patch during application and allow at least 14 days before re-applying a patch to same site. Patches must not be cut.

    Advise patients to avoid exposing the application site to direct external heat.

    Advise patients that skin reactions at application sites are common but to remove the patch and seek medical advice if reactions persist or worsen or if a generalised reaction occurs. Affected areas must be kept out of direct sunlight until the skin has fully healed.

    Advise patients that effects may be potentiated by alcohol and other sedative medication.

    Advise patients of the risk of impulse control disorders.

    Advise patients that abnormal thinking and/or behaviour may occur.

    Advise patients (particularly those with severe cardiovascular disease) to report episodes of syncope and pre-syncope.

    Advise female patients of child bearing potential to use adequate contraception during treatment.

    Advise patients that their ability to drive or operate machinery may be affected by the side effects of rotigotine. If they experience somnolence and/or sudden sleep episodes they must not drive (or engage in activities where impaired alertness may put themselves or others at risk) until these symptoms have resolved.

    Side Effects

    Abdominal pain
    Aggressive tendencies
    Altered consciousness
    Application site reaction
    Atrial fibrillation
    Binge eating
    Blurred vision
    Compulsive behaviour
    Compulsive disorders
    Contact dermatitis
    Creatine phosphokinase increased
    Dopamine dysregulation syndrome
    Dream abnormalities
    Dry mouth
    Erectile dysfunction
    Exfoliative rash
    Hypersensitivity reactions
    Impaired vision
    Impulse control disorders
    Increased heart rate
    Increased libido
    Increases in hepatic enzymes
    Inflammation (application site)
    Irritation (localised)
    Oedema of the lips
    Orthostatic hypotension
    Pain at application site
    Pathological gambling
    Perceptual disturbances
    Peripheral oedema
    Postural dizziness
    Psychotic disorder
    Sexual disturbances
    Skin discolouration
    Skin irritation
    Sleep attacks
    Sleep disturbances
    Sudden sleep onset episodes
    Supraventricular tachycardia
    Tongue oedema
    Vasovagal attacks
    Weight gain
    Weight loss

    Withdrawal Symptoms and Signs

    The following symptoms suggestive of dopamine agonist withdrawal syndrome can be observed: pain, fatigue, depression, sweating, and anxiety with abrupt withdrawal of dopaminergic therapy. Therefore, it is recommended to taper treatment (see 'Treatment Discontinuation' in the Dose section). Following this procedure, rebound (worsening of symptoms beyond initial intensity after discontinuation of treatment) has not been observed.


    It is strongly recommended that the UK National Poisons Information Service be consulted on cases of suspected or actual overdose where there is doubt over the degree of risk or about appropriate management.

    The following number will direct the caller to the relevant local centre (0844) 892 0111

    Information may be obtained if you have access to ToxBase the primary clinical toxicology database of the National Poisons Information Service. This is available via password on the internet ( ) or if this is unavailable at the backup site ( ).

    Further Information

    Last Full Review Date: January 2019

    Reference Sources

    Summary of Product Characteristics: Neupro 1mg/24h Transdermal patch. UCB Pharma Ltd. Revised January 2021.
    Summary of Product Characteristics: Neupro 2mg/24h Transdermal patch. UCB Pharma Ltd. Revised January 2021.
    Summary of Product Characteristics: Neupro 3mg/24h Transdermal patch. UCB Pharma Ltd. Revised January 2021.
    Summary of Product Characteristics: Neupro 4mg/24h Transdermal patch. UCB Pharma Ltd. Revised January 2021.
    Summary of Product Characteristics: Neupro 6mg/24h Transdermal patch. UCB Pharma Ltd. Revised January 2021.
    Summary of Product Characteristics: Neupro 8mg/24h Transdermal patch. UCB Pharma Ltd. Revised January 2021.

    Drugs During Pregnancy and Lactation: Treatment Options and Risk Assessment, 3rd edition (2015) ed. Schaefer, C., Peters, P. and Miller, R. Elsevier, London.

    US National Library of Medicine. Toxicology Data Network. Drugs and Lactation Database (LactMed).
    Available at:
    Rotigotine Last revised: 03 December 2018
    Last accessed: 04 January 2019

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