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NEUPRO® (rotigotine transdermal system) is a prescription medicine used to treat Parkinson’s disease.

Patch FAQs

Frequently asked questions about the NEUPRO® (rotigotine transdermal system) Patch

Can I get my NEUPRO Patch wet?

Yes. You can bathe, shower, or swim while wearing the NEUPRO Patch. However, water may loosen your patch.

Avoid hot baths, as the heat may cause too much medicine to pass through the skin.

What if my NEUPRO Patch falls off?

If your patch falls off, put on a fresh patch until the time you usually change your patch. Then put a new patch on a different part of your skin at your regular scheduled time. If the edges of the patch lift, you may tape them down with bandaging tape.

What if I forget to put on my NEUPRO Patch?

If you miss a dose or forget to change your NEUPRO Patch, apply a new NEUPRO Patch as soon as you remember. Replace the NEUPRO Patch at your normal time the next day.

How long does it take for the NEUPRO Patch to start working?

Your doctor should start you on a low dose of NEUPRO. Your doctor may change the dose weekly until you are taking the right amount of medicine to control your symptoms. It may take several weeks before you reach the dose that controls your symptoms best.

What should I avoid while taking NEUPRO?

Do not drive, operate machinery, or do other dangerous activities until you know how NEUPRO affects you.

Avoid exposing the NEUPRO Patch you are wearing to heating pads, electric blankets, heat lamps, saunas, hot tubs, heated water beds, and direct sunlight. Too much medicine could be absorbed into your body.

Do not use NEUPRO during certain medical procedures called magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or cardioversion. Using NEUPRO during these procedures could cause a burn to the site where you applied your NEUPRO Patch.

Do I have to apply my NEUPRO Patch around mealtime?

No. Apply your patch when it's convenient for you, and apply it at the same time each day. Because NEUPRO is delivered through the skin, food should not affect the medication.

Why do I need to hold the NEUPRO Patch on for at least 30 seconds?

Press your NEUPRO Patch firmly with the palm of your hand for 30 seconds to make sure there is good contact with your skin, especially around the edges. The warmth of your hand helps the adhesive on the patch stick to your skin. Make sure that your NEUPRO Patch is flat against your skin. There should be no bumps or folds in your NEUPRO Patch.

How can I help prevent skin irritation or other skin-related side effects?

You need to change the location of the NEUPRO Patch on a daily basis and should not use the same location for 14 days. Changing the location will reduce the chance of getting skin irritation. You may see mild redness, like when you remove an adhesive bandage, which is normal. Of course, always check with your doctor if you have any concerns.

Patients should report application site reactions that do not go away after a few days, that get worse, or that spread outside the patch site. If there is a skin rash or irritation from the patch, direct sunlight on the area should be avoided until the skin heals. Exposure could lead to changes in skin color.

The NEUPRO Patch Placement Tracker can help you rotate your application site every day. Download the Tracker now.

How do I safely stop using the NEUPRO Patch?

Do not stop or change your treatment with NEUPRO without talking to your doctor.

What does the NEUPRO Patch look like?

NEUPRO is a small, thin, flesh-colored patch that comes in 4 sizes based on dosage (2 mg, 4 mg, 6 mg, and 8 mg).

Applying the NEUPRO® (rotigotine transdermal system) patch

What's the patch partnership program?

The Patch Partnership Program helps you get the support you need with tools and information to help you understand your treatment experience. This program provides tools and information to get you started on NEUPRO and to help you stay on track. When you sign up for the onboarding program, you'll receive the NEUPRO Onboarding Pamphlet packed with useful information, a free inspirational fridge magnet, as well as relevant emails with education, tips, tools and special savings opportunities to support you on your treatment journey.

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How can I save on NEUPRO?

The NEUPRO Patient Savings Program* is here to help. Check your eligibility and download your Savings Card now, if you qualify.

*See Eligibility Criteria and Terms

Call the toll-free help line at 1-844-599-2273 if you have questions about how to apply the NEUPRO Patch.


NEUPRO is a prescription medicine used to treat Parkinson's disease.

Important Safety Information

NEUPRO contains a sulfite called sodium metabisulfite. Sulfites can cause severe allergic reactions that are life threatening to some people who are sensitive to sulfites. People with asthma are more sensitive to sulfites. Remove the patch right away and call your doctor if you have swelling of the lips or tongue, chest pain, or trouble breathing or swallowing.

NEUPRO may make you fall asleep suddenly or without warning while doing normal activities, such as driving, which may result in accidents. Tell your doctor right away if this happens. Drinking alcohol or taking other medicines that cause drowsiness may increase your chances of becoming sleepy while using NEUPRO. Do not drive, use hazardous machinery, or do other dangerous activities until you know how NEUPRO affects you.

NEUPRO can cause or worsen psychotic symptoms including hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that are not real), confusion, excessive suspicion, aggressive behavior, agitation, delusional beliefs (believing things that are not real), and disorganized thinking. The chances of having hallucinations or these other psychotic-like changes are higher in people with Parkinson's disease who are elderly, taking NEUPRO, or taking higher doses of NEUPRO. If you have any of these problems, talk to your doctor.

NEUPRO can cause decreases in blood pressure, especially when you start or increase your dose. Increases in blood pressure and heart rate, fainting, weight gain, and fluid retention also can occur. If you faint or feel dizzy, nauseated, or sweaty when you stand up from sitting or lying down, or have an unusually fast increase in weight, swelling, or fluid retention, especially in the ankles or legs, tell your doctor.

Some patients using NEUPRO get urges to behave in a way that is unusual for them, such as unusual urges to gamble, strong urges to spend money, binge eating, or increased sexual urges and behaviors. Some patients may want to use more NEUPRO than prescribed for their symptoms (dopamine dysregulation syndrome). If you or your family notices you are developing any unusual behaviors, talk to your doctor.

NEUPRO may cause uncontrolled, sudden movements or make such movements you already have worse or more frequent if you have Parkinson's disease, which may mean that your anti-Parkinson's medicine needs to be changed.

Skin reactions may occur at the site where you apply NEUPRO. Tell your doctor if you get a rash, redness, swelling, or itching that will not go away.

Avoid exposing the NEUPRO patch you are wearing to heating pads, electric blankets, heat lamps, saunas, hot tubs, heated water beds, and direct sunlight. Too much medicine could be absorbed into your body. Also, do not wear NEUPRO during medical procedures called magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or cardioversion because this could cause skin burns.

Do not stop using NEUPRO without talking to your doctor first. If your doctor tells you to stop using NEUPRO, you should ask your doctor for specific instructions on how to slowly and safely discontinue using NEUPRO. If you stop using NEUPRO, you may have withdrawal symptoms such as fever, confusion, severe muscle stiffness, feeling like you do not care about the things you usually care about (apathy), anxiety, depression, fatigue, insomnia, sweating and pain.

Tell your doctor if you have breathing problems, a sleep disorder, mental problems, high or low blood pressure, or heart problems; are pregnant or plan to become pregnant; or are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. NEUPRO may not be right for you.

The most common side effects in people taking NEUPRO for Parkinson's disease are nausea, vomiting, sleepiness, application site reactions, dizziness, loss of appetite, difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep, increased sweating, vision problems, leg swelling, and uncontrolled, sudden movements of the arms or legs.

These are not all the possible side effects of NEUPRO. For more information, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit or call 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects to UCB, Inc. at ucbCARES® (1-844-599-2273).

Please see additional Patient Information about the NEUPRO Patch. This information does not take the place of talking with your healthcare provider about your condition or treatment.