Compare Requip vs. carbidopa / levodopa / entacapone

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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.

Treats Parkinson's disease.

Stalevo (carbidopa / levodopa / entacapone) is a good choice for Parkinson's disease, especially when carbidopa/levodopa starts losing its effect.

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.
  • It combines three medicines into one pill so you don't have to take so many pills daily.
  • Stalevo (carbidopa / levodopa / entacapone) is available as a generic.
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.
  • You would first start by taking Stalevo (carbidopa / levodopa / entacapone) as two different pills, carbidopa/levodopa and entacapone, before you get switched over to Stalevo (carbidopa / levodopa / entacapone).
  • It's less customizable since there are only a few fixed combinations available.
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Side effects
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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20possible side effects
  • Difficulty controlling movements
    25%
  • Muscle spasm
    10%
  • Changes in urine color
    10%
  • Discolored urine
    10%
  • Muscle rigidity
    9%
  • Dizziness
    8%
  • Abdominal pain
    8%
  • Fatigue
    6%
  • Constipation
    6%
  • Back pain
    5%
  • Vomiting
    4%
  • Dry mouth
    3%
  • Shortness of breath
    3%
  • Bruising
    3%
  • Increased sweating
    2%
  • Anxiety
    2%
  • Sleepiness
    2%
  • Indigestion
    2%
  • Flatulence
    2%
  • Weakness
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
  • 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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  • Difficulty controlling movements
  • Diarrhea
  • Muscle damage
  • Changes in blood pressure and falls
  • Stomach bleeding
    • History of stomach ulcers
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