Using Rotigotine Patch for Restless Leg Syndrome

What is Rotigotine Patch?

Rotigotine is used for the treatment of signs and symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. It is a disorder of the nervous system that causes difficulties with balance, movement, and muscle control. This is in the class of medications known as dopamine agonists that work by acting in place of dopamine. Dopamine is a natural substance made in the brain that is needed to control movement.

Rotigotine for Restless Leg Syndrome

Rotigotine Patch can also be used for the treatment of Restless Leg Syndrome. It is a condition that causes discomfort in the legs and a strong urge to move the legs, especially at night and when sitting or lying down. Rotigotine belongs to a group of medications that trigger nerve impulses in the brain that help to control body movements. This treats the symptoms of Restless Leg Syndrome when the symptoms are severe enough to cause distress. It works by decreasing muscle activity which may cause an uncomfortable feeling in your legs.

To apply Rotigotine Patch, follow these steps:

  • Take a hold of the two sides of the pouch and pull apart.
  • Remove it from the pouch and apply it right away after removing it from the pouch.
  • Using both hands, hold the patch with the protective liner on top.
  • Twist the edges of the patch away from you so that the S-shaped cut in the liner opens.
  • Peel off half of the protective liner without touching the sticky surface. Doing so, the medicine might come off on your fingers.
  • Put on the sticky half of the patch to a clean part of the skin and take away the remaining liner.
  • Firmly press the patch with the palm of your hand for at least30 seconds. Go around the edges with your fingers to press them onto the skin. Be sure that the patch is flat against the skin and there should be no folds or bumps in the patch.
  • After putting in the new patch, make sure to get rid of the patch from the previous day. You may use your fingers to peel it off gently. Fold the patch in half and press firmly to seal it shut. Dispose of it carefully, so that it is out of the reach of children and pets.
  • If there is any adhesive left on the skin, wash the area gently using mild soap or warm water or smoothly rub the part with baby or mineral oil to remove it.
  • Wash your hands with water and soap and don’t touch your eyes or any objects until you have washed your hands.

If you forget to change your patch at your typical time, change it when you remember. Also, change the new patch the next day at your usual time. If a patch comes off unintentionally, apply a new patch but then continue to change it at your usual time. Before using any treatment for Restless Leg Syndrome, consult your doctor first. Inform them as well about any other medications you are taking to manage your condition.

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