Rotigotine is a new drug for the treatment of Parkinsons disease and as with all drugs in this class, it plays with your brain chemistry.
It’s in the form of a patch, applied every 24 hours, and without going into all the wondrous benefits (just marginally above the dreaded placebo), here is a list of side-effects:
Nausea, dizziness, dyskinesia (shaking), insomnia, vomiting and hallucinations, headache, somnolence and rashes at the site of application (itching, redness and burning).
Somnolence (sudden onset of sleep) should be quite a big worry. This is a “sleep attack” and can occur any time (some have been on rotigotine for about a year before the sleep attacks occur). It may occur when driving, using tools or operating machinery.
Increased libido, hypersexuality (this may be cancelled by sudden sleep attacks), compulsive behaviours, repetitive, meaningless actions (“Punding”—what a great word—could apply to watching TV cooking shows or driving on a freeway). Also included are binge-drinking and pathological gambling (hang on, has rotigotine been added to our water-supply?).
But wait, there’s more:
Also, cardiac valve abnormality, blood-pressure changes, visual disturbances (retinal detachment), and melanoma and other skin cancers complete the list (but there may be more around the corner).
I was staggered at one of the “mabs” (mono-clonal antibodies) when I read about homicidal and suicidal tendencies (we hope that suicide comes first), but the side-effects of all new drugs seem weirder and weirder.