Neupro Patch for Parkinson's
If you have been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, a healthcare provider may prescribe Neupro® (rotigotine) patches. These medicated patches are applied to the skin once a day to help relieve symptoms of both early and advanced forms of the disease.
It is believed that many of the symptoms of Parkinson's disease are caused by a dopamine deficiency, which is caused by a loss of dopamine-producing cells in certain parts of the brain. Neupro belongs to a class of drugs called dopamine agonists. This means that it works much like dopamine, by binding to dopamine receptors and stimulating them.
Although it would make sense to give dopamine itself to treat Parkinson's disease, this does not work because dopamine cannot cross the blood-brain barrier to reach the brain. Neupro acts much like dopamine and is capable of crossing the blood-brain barrier, making it an ideal Parkinson's medication.
(To learn more, click Neupro Uses. This full-length article takes a closer look, exploring other uses and whether Neupro can be used in children.)