Neupro Uses

How Does It Work?

Neupro belongs to a group of medications known as dopamine agonists. This means that it works much like dopamine, a naturally occurring brain chemical. It binds to dopamine receptors and stimulates them, much like natural dopamine would.
 
Dopamine deficiency, which is caused by a loss of dopamine-producing cells in certain parts of the brain, may be responsible for many of the symptoms of Parkinson's disease. By using a medication that acts like dopamine, such as Neupro, some of the symptoms of Parkinson's disease may be relieved. 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.
 
It is not exactly clear how Neupro works for treating RLS, although it is thought that the drug's effectiveness for treating RLS is due to its dopamine-agonist properties.
 

Is It Safe for Children to Use Neupro?

This drug is not approved for use in children, as it has not been adequately studied in this age group (usually defined as anyone younger than 18 years old).
 

Off-Label Uses for Neupro

On occasion, healthcare providers may recommend medications for something other than the officially approved uses. This is called an "off-label" use. At this time, there are no universally accepted off-label uses for Neupro.
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