Requip

(Ropinirole)

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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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Quick facts about Requip
  • Drug class: Neurology
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (ropinirole)

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.
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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.

Quick facts about Requip
  • Drug class: Neurology
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (ropinirole)
Tried Requip? Write a review!

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Side effect rates for Requip (Ropinirole)

From 393 clinical trials of Requip when taken for advanced parkinson's disease
  • Dyskinesia
    34%34%
    13%13%
  • Nausea
    30%30%
    18%18%
  • Dizziness
    26%26%
    16%16%
  • Adverse events
    24%24%
    18%18%
  • Somnolence
    20%20%
    8%8%
  • Headache
    17%17%
    12%12%
  • Dyskinesia
    13%13%
    3%3%
  • Nausea
    11%11%
    4%4%
  • Falls
    10%10%
    7%7%
  • Hallucinations
    10%10%
    4%4%
  • Abdominal pain
    9%9%
    8%8%
  • Confusion
    9%9%
    2%2%
  • Upper respiratory tract infection
    9%9%
    8%8%
  • Dizziness
    8%8%
    3%3%
  • Hallucination
    8%8%
    2%2%
  • Somnolence
    7%7%
    4%4%
  • Increased sweating
    7%7%
    2%2%
  • Increased drug level
    7%7%
    3%3%
  • Vomiting
    7%7%
    4%4%
  • Arthralgia
    7%7%
    5%5%
  • Abdominal pain/discomfort
    6%6%
    3%3%
  • Adverse reactions
    6%6%
    5%5%
  • Tremor
    6%6%
    3%3%
  • Constipation
    6%6%
    3%3%
  • Anxiety
    6%6%
    3%3%
  • Urinary tract infection
    6%6%
    3%3%
  • Orthostatic hypotension
    5%5%
    1%1%
  • Dry mouth
    5%5%
    1%1%
  • Pain
    5%5%
    3%3%
  • Hypokinesia
    5%5%
    4%4%
  • Paresthesia
    5%5%
    3%3%
  • Diarrhea
    5%5%
    3%3%
  • Amnesia
    5%5%
    1%1%
  • Nervousness
    5%5%
    3%3%
  • Vertigo
    4%4%
    2%2%
  • Constipation
    4%4%
    2%2%
  • Edema peripheral
    4%4%
    1%1%
  • Diarrhea
    3%3%
    2%2%
  • Back pain
    3%3%
    2%2%
  • Hypertension
    3%3%
    2%2%
  • Syncope
    3%3%
    2%2%
  • Paresis
    3%3%
  • Arthritis
    3%3%
    1%1%
  • Abnormal dreaming
    3%3%
    2%2%
  • Dyspnea
    3%3%
    2%2%
  • Dry mouth
    2%2%
  • Fall/injury
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Anxiety
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Hypotension
    2%2%
  • Dysphagia
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Flatulence
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Increased saliva
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Weight decrease
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Anemia
    2%2%
  • Pyuria
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Urinary incontinence
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Diplopia
    2%2%
    1%1%
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Where we got our data »

The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of Requip.

Requip (Ropinirole)
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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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Pregnancy

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.

Tip: Always talk with your doctor before you take any medication while pregnant.
FDA pregnancy category for Requip
CWeigh risks vs. benefits
Price
  • Not worth it
    Some hassle
    Reviewed Requipon 1/27/2017I 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.
    32
    Man
    Parkinson's disease
Food
  • Take Requip (Ropinirole) with food if it makes you feel nauseous.
Kidneys and liver
  • 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.
Pain
  • Not worth it
    Big hassle
    Reviewed Requipon 8/23/2017I took this medication once. The headache was unbearable.I have high tolerance for pain. So when I say the headache was 10 on pain scale it was. I still have a headache the next day Never again.
    46
    Woman
    Less than a week
    Restless legs syndrome (moderate to severe)