Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Neurology

Requip 

(ropinirole)

Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Neurology
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Helps with movement problems.

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Requip (Ropinirole) is an effective medicine for Parkinson's disease or restless leg syndrome, but there are potentially serious side effects.

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Upsides

  • In studies, Requip (Ropinirole) when taken by itself or with other medicines, was effective in lowering movement fluctuations for people with Parkinson's disease.
  • Requip (Ropinirole) is sometimes preferred over other medicines that treat Parkinson's disease in older people since it causes fewer movement and mental fluctuations.
  • Is effective for treating restless leg syndrome.
  • Available in a short-acting and a long-acting form.

Downsides

  • Requip (Ropinirole) isn't a first-choice treatment for Parkinson's disease. It can be used by itself, but it's usually used with other medicines.
  • Requip (Ropinirole) can cause hallucinations in older people.
  • Not the best choice if you have kidney problems. Your doctor may have to adjust your dose based on your kidney function.
  • You can't suddenly stop taking Requip (Ropinirole). You'll have to slowly lower your dose, especially if you've been using it for a long time.
How it works

Requip (Ropinirole) is a dopamine agonist. It binds to receptors in the brain and helps improve movement in people with Parkinson's disease or restless leg syndrome.

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Side effect rates for Requip (ropinirole)

393 From clinical trials of Requip / Advanced Parkinson's disease
  • Dyskinesia
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Adverse events
  • Drowsiness
  • Headache
  • Dyskinesia
  • Nausea
  • Falls
  • Hallucinations

Risks and Warnings for Requip (ropinirole)

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  • Requip (Ropinirole) can cause intense urges and compulsive behaviors that are hard to control, such as binge eating, gambling, and sexual urges. Talk to your doctor right away if you have any of these feelings.

Common concerns from people taking Requip (ropinirole)

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  • I discontinued ropinirole due to the requirement to take this drug every day, the common, and unpleasant, side effects and the lack of effectiveness. I also tried pramipexole, with similar effect. The only effective treatment I have found is small to moderate doses of opiods (hydrocodone, oxycodone, oral morphine). The latter also has the advantage of only needing to be taken when symptoms occur, but care must be taken to avoid dependence, particularly with morphine.
Food
  • Take Requip (Ropinirole) with food if it makes you feel nauseous.
  • Take it with some food to avoid nausea. If your legs have already started twitching, place a tablet under your tongue for faster absorption. This also helps mitigate possible nausea as it isn't going right into your stomach as a full pill
Kidneys and liver
  • Not the best choice if you have kidney problems. Your doctor may have to adjust your dose based on your kidney function.
  • Requip (Ropinirole) is processed by the kidney. If you have kidney problems, talk to your doctor because you may need a different dose.