Available by prescription only, Neupro is used for relieving symptoms of Parkinson's disease and restless legs syndrome (RLS) in adults. This patch can be used alone or in combination with other medications to treat early or advanced stages of Parkinson's disease. It belongs to a group of drugs called dopamine agonists and works by acting in a similar way as the naturally occurring brain chemical dopamine.
What Is Neupro Used For?Neupro® (rotigotine) is a prescription medication approved to treat the following conditions:
Neupro Use for Parkinson's DiseaseParkinson's disease is a progressive neurological disorder that results from the loss of neurons in a region of the brain that controls movement. This creates a shortage of the brain-signaling chemical (neurotransmitter) known as dopamine, causing movement problems that are characteristic of Parkinson's disease. At this time, the exact cause of Parkinson's disease is unknown.
Although early symptoms of Parkinson's disease may be subtle, people will eventually develop a characteristic tremor (trembling or shaking) of a limb, especially when the body is at rest. As the disease progresses, existing symptoms may worsen and new symptoms may appear.
Depending on the severity of a person's symptoms, Parkinson's disease treatment can include:
- Medications (see Parkinson's Disease Medications)
- Lifestyle changes and support.
Neupro can be given alone or in combination with other Parkinson's medications, and is approved to treat both early and advanced forms of the disease.