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Requip

(Ropinirole)

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Helps with movement problems.

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Our pharmacists’ bottom line

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

  • 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.
  • 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.

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Side effects for Requip (Ropinirole)

From clinical trials of Requip / Advanced Parkinson's disease ( 328)

  • DyskinesiaDyskinesia34% for Ropinirole vs.13% for placebo
  • NauseaNausea30% for Ropinirole vs.18% for placebo
  • DizzinessDizziness26% for Ropinirole vs.16% for placebo
  • Adverse eventsAdverse events24% for Ropinirole vs.18% for placebo
  • DrowsinessDrowsiness20% for Ropinirole vs.8% for placebo
  • HeadacheHeadache17% for Ropinirole vs.12% for placebo
  • DyskinesiaDyskinesia13% for Ropinirole vs.3% for placebo
  • NauseaNausea11% for Ropinirole vs.4% for placebo
  • FallsFalls10% for Ropinirole vs.7% for placebo
  • HallucinationsHallucinations10% for Ropinirole vs.4% for placebo

What to expect when you take Requip (Ropinirole)

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Tips from our pharmacists
  • You should start Requip (Ropinirole) at a low dose and your doctor will raise the dose slowly. This will help lower your risk of side effects, such as drowsiness and low blood pressure.
  • 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.
  • You can suddenly fall asleep without warning while on this medicine. Don't perform any tasks that require mental alertness, like driving, or drinking alcohol until you know how Requip (Ropinirole) affects you. Let your doctor know if you have a history of sleep problems.
  • Take Requip (Ropinirole) 2 to 3 hours before bedtime for restless leg syndrome.
  • Take Requip (Ropinirole) with food if it makes you feel nauseous.

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.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Tips from pharmacists and people taking Requip (Ropinirole)

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Alcohol
  • Tips from our pharmacists
  • You can suddenly fall asleep without warning while on this medicine. Don't perform any tasks that require mental alertness, like driving, or drinking alcohol until you know how Requip (Ropinirole) affects you. Let your doctor know if you have a history of sleep problems.
Food
  • Tips from our pharmacists
  • 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
    Age: 49
    Gender: Woman
    Taken for: Restless leg syndrome
    Duration taken: Two years or more
Kidneys & liver
  • Upsides and downsides from our pharmacists
  • Not the best choice if you have kidney problems. Your doctor may have to adjust your dose based on your kidney function.
  • Risks from our pharmacists
  • Requip (Ropinirole) is processed by the kidney. If you have kidney problems, talk to your doctor because you may need a different dose.
Sex
  • Tips from our pharmacists
  • 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.
  • Risks from our pharmacists
  • 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.
Sleep
  • Tips from our pharmacists
  • You should start Requip (Ropinirole) at a low dose and your doctor will raise the dose slowly. This will help lower your risk of side effects, such as drowsiness and low blood pressure.
  • You can suddenly fall asleep without warning while on this medicine. Don't perform any tasks that require mental alertness, like driving, or drinking alcohol until you know how Requip (Ropinirole) affects you. Let your doctor know if you have a history of sleep problems.
  • It worked well for 10 years, and then I reached the augmentation stage. The meds then proceeded to make my symptoms a lot worse, and gave me no relief. No sleep!
    Age: 65
    Gender: Man
    Taken for: Restless legs syndrome (moderate to severe)
  • Wish I had starteed taking it long ago. I am finally getting a good night's sleep!
    Age: 70
    Gender: Woman
    Taken for: Restless legs syndrome (moderate to severe)
    Duration taken: A month or so