Compare bromocriptine vs. Requip

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Parlodel (bromocriptine)

Prescription only

Requip (Ropinirole)

Prescription only
Used with other medicines to treat Parkinson's disease, and to stabilize certain hormones.

Parlodel (bromocriptine) is a good medicine to add to other medicines for Parkinson's disease when they start to not work so well.

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.

Upsides
  • Parlodel (bromocriptine) is a good choice to take with other medicines for Parkinson's disease because it raises your dopamine levels differently than others.
  • Parlodel (bromocriptine) is available as generic.
  • Parlodel (bromocriptine) pills can be broken in half for more personalized dosing.
  • 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
  • Parlodel (bromocriptine) is only recommended for Parkinson's disease to take with other medicines. It's not a first choice medicine.
  • Your doctor might have to change the dose of Parlodel (bromocriptine) often.
  • 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
9possible side effects
  • Nausea
    18%
  • Constipation
    14%
  • Low blood pressure
    6%
  • Loss of appetite
    4%
  • Dry mouth/stuffy nose
    4%
  • Indigestion
    4%
  • Cold arms/legs
    3%
  • Drowsiness
    3%
  • Vomiting
    2%
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49possible side effects
  • Dyskinesia
    34%
  • Nausea
    30%
  • Dizziness
    26%
  • Adverse events
    24%
  • Somnolence
    20%
  • Headache
    17%
  • Falls
    10%
  • Hallucinations
    10%
  • Abdominal pain
    9%
  • Confusion
    9%
  • Upper respiratory tract infection
    9%
  • Hallucination
    8%
  • Increased sweating
    7%
  • Increased drug level
    7%
  • Vomiting
    7%
  • Arthralgia
    7%
  • Abdominal pain/discomfort
    6%
  • Adverse reactions
    6%
  • Tremor
    6%
  • Constipation
    6%
  • Anxiety
    6%
  • Urinary tract infection
    6%
  • Orthostatic hypotension
    5%
  • Dry mouth
    5%
  • Pain
    5%
  • Hypokinesia
    5%
  • Paresthesia
    5%
  • Diarrhea
    5%
  • Amnesia
    5%
  • Nervousness
    5%
  • Vertigo
    4%
  • Edema peripheral
    4%
  • Back pain
    3%
  • Hypertension
    3%
  • Syncope
    3%
  • Paresis
    3%
  • Arthritis
    3%
  • Abnormal dreaming
    3%
  • Dyspnea
    3%
  • Fall/injury
    2%
  • Hypotension
    2%
  • Dysphagia
    2%
  • Flatulence
    2%
  • Increased saliva
    2%
  • Weight decrease
    2%
  • Anemia
    2%
  • Pyuria
    2%
  • Urinary incontinence
    2%
  • Diplopia
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Sleepiness
  • Low blood pressure
  • High blood pressure
    • Having high blood pressure
    • Delivering a baby
  • Blood vessel issues
    • Acromegaly (Higher growth hormone in the body)
    • History of stomach ulcers
  • Lack of impulse control
    • Taking other medicines for Parkinson's disease
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  • Impulse control problems
  • Driving impairment
    • Taking with alcohol
    • Taking other medicines that make you less alert
  • Low blood pressure
    • Taking blood pressure-lowering medicines
  • Worsening kidney function
    • Current kidney problems
  • Skin cancer
    • Parkinson's disease
  • Hallucinations
    • Age 65 years or older
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