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Requip
(Ropinirole)

Mirapex
(Pramipexole)

Helps with movement problems. Requip (Ropinirole) is an effective medicine for Parkinson's disease or restless leg syndrome, but there are potentially serious side effects.Helps with movement problems. Mirapex (Pramipexole) is an effective medicine for Parkinson's disease or restless leg syndrome, but there are potentially serious side effects.
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Side effects
RequipMirapex
  • Nausea 38%
  • Drowsiness 34%
  • Dyskinesia 21%
  • Dizziness 18%
  • Fainting 11%
  • Viral infection 8%
  • Fatigue 7%
  • Confusion 7%
  • Leg edema 6%
  • Hallucinations 6%
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  • Drowsiness 18%
  • Dyskinesia 16%
  • Hallucinations 13%
  • Nausea 10%
  • Constipation 8%
  • Hallucinations, including visual, auditory and mixed 7%
  • Pain in extremity 6%
  • Flu 6%
  • Abnormal dreams 6%
  • Positional low blood pressure 5%
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How it works
RequipMirapex
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.Mirapex (Pramipexole) 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.
Type of medication
RequipMirapex
Anti-parkinson
Dopamine agonist
Prescription only
Anti-parkinson
Dopamine agonist
Prescription only
Available as
RequipMirapex
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Pill
  • Extended release
Used for (click to learn more)
RequipMirapex
Risk factors for serious side effects
RequipMirapex
    • Taking with alcohol
    • Taking other medicines that make you less alert
    • Taking blood pressure-lowering medicines
    • Current kidney problems
    • Parkinson's disease
    • Age 65 years or older
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    Pregnancy category
    RequipMirapex
    CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    See the FDA package insert
    CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    See the FDA package insert
    Alcohol
    • 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.
    • 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 Mirapex (Pramipexole) affects you. Let your doctor know if you have a history of sleep problems.
    Food
    • Take Requip (Ropinirole) with food if it makes you feel nauseous.
    • Take Mirapex (Pramipexole) with food if it makes you feel nauseous.
    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.
    • Not the best choice if you have kidney problems. Your doctor may have to adjust your dose based on your kidney function.
    Sex
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • You should start Mirapex (Pramipexole) 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 Mirapex (Pramipexole) affects you. Let your doctor know if you have a history of sleep problems.
    Weight
    No specific weight-related info.No specific weight-related info.
    Upsides and benefits
    RequipMirapex
    • 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.
    • In studies, Mirapex (Pramipexole) when taken by itself or with other medicines, was effective in lowering movement fluctuations for people with Parkinson's disease.
    • Mirapex (Pramipexole) 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 and risks
    RequipMirapex
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Not the best choice if you have kidney problems. Your doctor may have to adjust your dose based on your kidney function.
    • Mirapex (Pramipexole) isn't a first-choice treatment for Parkinson's disease. It can be used by itself, but it's usually used with other medicines.
    • Mirapex (Pramipexole) can cause hallucinations in older people.
    • You can't suddenly stop taking Mirapex (Pramipexole). You'll have to slowly lower your dose, especially if you've been using it for a long time.
    • Not the best choice if you have kidney problems. Your doctor may have to adjust your dose based on your kidney function.
    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    RequipMirapex
    • 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.
    • Take Requip (Ropinirole) 2 to 3 hours before bedtime for restless leg syndrome.
    • Take Requip (Ropinirole) with food if it makes you feel nauseous.
    • 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 should start Mirapex (Pramipexole) 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 Mirapex (Pramipexole) affects you. Let your doctor know if you have a history of sleep problems.
    • Take Mirapex (Pramipexole) 2 to 3 hours before bedtime for restless leg syndrome.
    • Take Mirapex (Pramipexole) with food if it makes you feel nauseous.
    • 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.
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