Ropinirole HCL is a non-ergoline dopamine agonist. It may be used alone or along with other medications to treat Parkinson’s disease and restless leg syndrome (RLS). It may also be prescribed for other conditions.
Parkinson’s disease is caused by a lack in dopamine in the brain. Inadequate dopamine in the brain results in symptoms such as slow movement, shaking, and muscle stiffness. Ropinirole (Requip) binds with dopamine receptors in your brain thereby acting as substitute for dopamine. This results in easing of symptoms.
People suffering from restless leg syndrome (RLS) also get relief from taking ropinirole (Requip). RLS is a condition characterized by a constant uncomfortable feeling in the legs, urging you to move your legs to get relief. Ropinirole can help relieve severe symptoms of RLS.
Along with its intended effects, Requip can also cause a number of side-effects in some people taking this medication. Ropirinole side effects, if any, usually improve once the body adjusts to the medication. However, it is recommended that you consult your healthcare provider if you experience any side-effect or other adverse symptoms that persist or become troublesome.
- Feeling sleepy or drowsy
- Feeling faint or dizzy when standing or sitting
- Feeling of being sick
- Indigestion or abdominal pain
- Swollen ankles and legs
- Uncontrollable muscle movements
- Feeling confused or nervous
- Seeing or hearing things that aren’t real
Managing Requip Side Effects
- Avoid driving or using heavy equipment.
- Slowly get up from a sitting or lying position. If you feel dizzy or fainting, sit or lie down for a few moments.
- Take simple or bland meals. Avoid spicy and rich foods.
- Increase fiber and fluid intake.
Your doctor determines the effective dose of this medication based on your condition. Usually, the initial dose of treatment of Parkinson’s disease is 0.25 mg three times a day for one week. Dosage may be gradually increased on a weekly basis until the desired therapeutic effect is achieved. Titrating the dosage helps reduce the possibility of side effects.
Meanwhile, for RLS, the recommended dose is 0.25 mg once a day, 1 to 2 hours before bedtime. The dosage may be increased after 2 days and then gradually until the effective dose is achieved.
How to take Requip
Before taking this medication, read the patient information. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
If prescribed for Parkinson’s disease, Requip can be taken with or without food, usually 3 times daily or as prescribed by your doctor. Taking repinirole with foods may help minimize nausea. Regularly visit your doctor as the dose may be adjusted slowly to prevent the risk of side effects.
If prescribed for Parkinson’s disease, Requip can be taken with or without food, usually once a day, 1 to 3 hours before bedtime or as prescribed by your doctor. Take the medication at the same time of each day to help you remember it. Never increase your dose unless directed by your doctor. If you stop taking the medication, consult your doctor before re-starting the medication.
Patients are given individualized dosage based on your medical condition and response to treatment. It may take several weeks before desired effects are felt. If your symptoms become worse or do not improve, consult your doctor.