Generic Medicine Info
Indications and Dosage
Monotherapy in Parkinson's disease
Adult: As patch: Initially, 2 mg/24 hr, increased wkly in increments of 2 mg/24 hr, if necessary. Max: 8 mg/24 hr. Reduce daily dose in decrements of 2 mg every other day until complete withdrawal.

Adjunct to levodopa treatment in Parkinson's disease
Adult: As patch: Initially, 4 mg/24 hr, increased wkly in increments of 2 mg/24 hr, if necessary. Max: 16 mg/24 hr. Reduce daily dose in decrements of 2 mg every other day until complete withdrawal.

Restless leg syndrome
Adult: As patch: Initially, 1 mg/24 hr, increased wkly in increments of 1 mg/24 hr, according to response. Max: 3 mg/24 hr. Reduce daily dose in decrements of 1 mg every other day until complete withdrawal. Assess treatment continuation 6 mthly.
Special Precautions
Patient w/ severe CV disease, pre-existing dyskinesia. Avoid abrupt withdrawal. Severe hepatic impairment. Pregnancy and lactation.
Adverse Reactions
Nausea, vomiting, somnolence, dizziness, anorexia, insomnia, hyperhidrosis, headache, fatigue, anxiety, dyspepsia, peripheral oedema, dyskinesia, symptomatic hypotension, syncope, compulsive behaviour, application site reactions.
Patient Counseling Information
This drug may cause somnolence and/or sudden sleep episodes, if affected, do not drive or operate machinery. Remove patch prior to MRI or cardioversion.
Monitoring Parameters
Monitor BP, daytime alertness; periodic skin evaluations.
Symptoms: Hypotension, nausea, vomiting, involuntary movements, confusion, hallucinations, convulsions and other signs of central dopaminergic stimulation. Management. General supportive treatment.
Drug Interactions
Decreased effect w/ dopamine antagonists (e.g. phenothiazines, metoclopramide). Additive sedative effect w/ CNS depressants (e.g. benzodiazepines, antipsychotics). May potentiate the dopaminergic adverse reaction of levodopa and may cause and/or exacerbate pre-existing dyskinesia.
Food Interaction
Additive sedative effect w/ alcohol.
Description: Rotigotine is a nonergot-derivative dopamine receptor agonist. The exact mechanism of action is unclear but appears to be related to stimulation of postsynaptic dopamine D2-type auto receptors w/in the substantia nigra in the brain, leading to improved dopaminergic transmission in the motor areas of the basal ganglia.
Absorption: Absorbed through the skin. Absolute bioavailability: Approx 37%. Time to peak plasma concentration: 24 hr.
Distribution: Volume of distribution: Approx 84 L/kg. Plasma protein binding: Approx 92%.
Metabolism: Undergoes extensive first-pass metabolism via glucuronidation in the gut wall and liver; also undergoes N-dealkylation and conjugation to form inactive metabolites.
Excretion: Mainly via urine (approx 71%); faeces (approx 23%). Elimination half-life: 5-7 hr.
Chemical Structure

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Source: National Center for Biotechnology Information. PubChem Database. Rotigotine, CID=59227, (accessed on Jan. 23, 2020)

Store between 20-25°C.
MIMS Class
Antiparkinsonian Drugs
ATC Classification
N04BC09 - rotigotine ; Belongs to the class of dopamine agonists. Used in the management of Parkinson's disease.
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