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What is requip (ropinirole) medication used for?

What is requip (ropinirole) medication used for?

Requip (ropinirole): Or ropinirole is used in the treatment of parkinson's disease and restless leg syndrome. ...Read more

Dr. Adam Lewis
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Ropinirole (Definition)

Ropinirole is a dopamine affecting agent which is a kind of anti-Parkinson's drug ...Read more


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Are there any generic equivalents to the drug requip (ropinirole)?

Yes: Requip is a branded version of the drug ropinirole, which is available in generic. The once-a-day extended release version (Requip xl) is only available in a branded version. ...Read more

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How long requip (ropinirole) is effetive for parkinsosn? Only several years?

How long requip (ropinirole) is effetive for parkinsosn? Only several years?

No guarantee it is:: Review the fda summary of trial data in the pi at: http://us. Gsk. Com/products/assets/us_requip. Pdf Requip (ropinirole) is only a treatment for some symptoms, not a cure, with no certainty of either effectiveness, or duration for those for whom it might be useful. Like most treatments, the issues are too complex; the reason for clinical trials to track relative benefits vs. Downsides. Keep looking for more. ...Read more

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12mg XR requip (ropinirole). 12mg over 24 hr or 12mg continuous over 24 hr?

12mg XR requip (ropinirole). 12mg over 24 hr or 12mg continuous over 24 hr?

Out of context: I am sorry to report that there is no way your question can be answered with any sort of validity. You are not providing the reason for the question and why you are not getting this answer from the physician prescribing it. We are strangers on the internet without a medical history, the current state of your health and what else you have tried and why this is the drug of choice. ...Read more

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I have developed a serious gambling problem after taking Requip (ropinirole) for many years. I REALLY want to get off of this drug! What can I take instead?

I have developed a serious gambling problem after taking Requip (ropinirole) for many years.  I REALLY want to get off of this drug!  What can I take instead?

Interesting: Very interesting, odd effect. No simple answer. Since you were on Requip (ropinirole) for many years are you sure this isn't an independent process developed during the time you were on Requip (ropinirole)? There is a phenomenon we call, "True, True, and Unrelated": meaning two things occur in same time period but are not related. If you really think it is related then new Rx depends on illness details. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of requip (ropinirole)?

What are the side effects of requip (ropinirole)?

Several : Included are nausea, drop in blood pressure, drowsiness, and an impulse disorder (gambling, hypersexuality, lack of temptation control, etc) side effects are similar in other variations of Dopamine agonists. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of requip (ropinirole) xl?

What are the side effects of requip (ropinirole) xl?

See answer below: As for any drug, there is a long long list of possible adverse events. Nausea, somnolence, dizziness, orthostatis hypotension, vominting, fatigue, acid reflux, edema are just a few... Thankfully, most likely you'll experience none of these, but just keep an eye out for changes after starting the therapy. ...Read more

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Can "requip" cause some people to compulsively gamble?

Yes: One of the side effects of this drug class is an impulse disorder, which includes gambling, increased sexuality and even antisocial activities. The incidence varies from product to product, and one might be better than another. ...Read more

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Is requip (ropinirole) was useful in treating pain from fibromyalgia?

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Is requip (ropinirole) was useful in treating pain from fibromyalgia?

Requip (ropinirole): I have not used it, but my colleague neurologists swear by it. ...Read more

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I have rls. I take requip (ropinirole) but they still bother me two to three times a week. What else could I take?

I have rls.  I take requip (ropinirole) but they still bother me two to three times a week.  What else could I take?

Med adjustment: You may need a higher dose of Requip (ropinirole) or may need to be switched to the long-acting form of this medication. Other medications which also may be effective include Neurontin (gabapentin) and the long-acting version called horizant. Klonopin can also be effective. If not already done so, I would also recommend ruling out underlying nutritional and metabolic abnormalities which may be contributing. ...Read more

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Is it safe to reduce or stop requip (ropinirole) after dbs?

Is it safe to reduce or stop requip (ropinirole) after dbs?

Gradual: Once your DBS programming is optimized, your neurologist will gradually reduce the dose of requip (ropinirole). It is safe as long as it is done by your neurologist with gradual reduction in dosage ...Read more

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Is it okay to take requip and skelaxin (metaxalone) together?

Yes: I would have no problem with my patients taking these drugs together. ...Read more

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Repost* requip (ropinirole) for RLS having opposite side effect?

Repost* requip (ropinirole) for RLS having opposite side effect?

Can happen!: These drugs, while efficatious, can have paradoxic side effects. Also, the diagnosis of RLS is not cut and dry. See your doctor! ...Read more

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Can requip (ropinirole) cause pain in the back of the head and disturb vision?

Can requip (ropinirole) cause pain in the back of the head and disturb vision?

Possible: Most common side effects include drowsiness, nausea, drop in blood pressure, and not unique to have headache and/or blurred vision. Check bp, lying down and standing, should explain some of this. Maybe use instead, Neupro (rotigotine) patch. ...Read more

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Can I take lithium orotate120mg w/ gabapentin300mg 3xday, prozac20mg & SeroquelXR300mg? Also, if I ask my doc for Requip over Gab is it ok with above??

Can I take lithium orotate120mg w/ gabapentin300mg 3xday, prozac20mg & SeroquelXR300mg? Also, if I ask my doc for Requip over Gab is it ok with above??

Poly pharmacy should: Be carefully monitored by your prescribing physician in this case best if it is a psychiatrist. The seroquel in combination with gaba can cause increased CNS depression or sleepiness. Changing to requip would add risk of hypotension. The combination of seroquel and Prozac puts you at risk for serotonin syndrome. Please see your doctor and review your medications. ...Read more

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I have RLS and take 3mg of requip (ropinirole) daily to control it. Fortunately it works pretty well. What are the risks of long term use of requip (ropinirole)?

Requip (ropinirole): Requip (ropinirole) is a dopaminergic agent used to treat Parkinson's Disease. It works well for RLS. It is safe for long term use. ...Read more

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Is it okay to take Zoloft (sertraline) with requip?

According to Drugs.: Com using zoloft (sertraline) with requip may increase risk for
"side effects such as dizziness, drowsiness, and difficulty concentrating. Some people may also experience some impairment in thinking and judgment." ...Read more

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How effective is Ropinirole (Requip) for treating Parkinson's disease?

Depends upon stage: A drug such as ropinorole is a dopamine agonist, and may be used early in mild Parkinson's with good results, and may be added to L-DOPA in more advanced patients to enhance effect of the former. However, this class of drugs has limited benefit overall, and really does not displace need for L-DOPA ...Read more

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In simple terms that can be understood, what exactly does requip (ropinirole) do to the brain?

In simple terms that can be understood, what exactly does requip (ropinirole) do to the brain?

Dopamine agonist: Dopamine is a major neurotransmitter in the basal ganglia of the brain, and is classified as an inhibitory chemical. Requip (ropinirole) and similar drugs in the class can act as an artificial Dopamine source and promote function in Dopamine circuits, but it does not actually increase the CNS levels, rather it substitutes. ...Read more

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I have been taking 1mg requip (ropinirole) since april 2014.it helped a lot at first, but is not doing much good now,,,next option to talk to my dr about?

Rebound/augmentaion: There is a phenomenon called rebound and or augmentation of symptoms may happen with requip (ropinirole) therapy in restless leg syndrome. You may have early morning symptom or occurrence symptom early in the evening. You may need dose adjustment, talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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I'm at the max dose of mirapex for RLS and it's been needing to be increased q6m. O to a year I'm at that point what else has good results except requip (ropinirole)?

Many choices: There are many medications used to treat rls. They include
requip, rotefotine, sinemet, restoril, xanax, (alprazolam) Klonopin and catepres. You should speak to your prescriber about these alternatives to see what would be best for you. ...Read more

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Is requip in the same family of drugs as xanax (alprazolam)? Is it addicting, and do you have to wean off it? Can you also build up a tollerance to it?

Is requip in the same family of drugs as xanax (alprazolam)? Is it addicting, and do you have to wean off it? Can you also build up a
tollerance to it?

DIFFERENT: Completely different classes of medications as Requip effects Dopamine for restless leg or parkinson and xanax (alprazolam) is a benzodiazepine and is for anxiety. Requip is non-addictive may build up tolerance after a long time. Should always taper off medications slowly if the dosage is high. It is safer that way. ...Read more

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Recent diag with RLS. Not everynight few times month but it hurts so bad I cry. Tried requip (ropinirole) & nortryptylline.bad side effects. What can help? Please

Recent diag with RLS. Not everynight few times month but it hurts so bad I cry. Tried requip (ropinirole) & nortryptylline.bad side effects. What can help? Please

RLS THERAPY: RLS is a tough condition to treat, get a copy of report and consult sleep specialist. Iron and Magnesium supplements can be very effective. I have also found success with topamax, zonegran, gabapentin, doxepin,lyrica and savella (milnacipran). The therapy needs to be tailored to your response. Also, monitor your sleep cycle with an UP band by Jawbone ...Read more

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Is requip (ropinirole) the only medication available for restless leg syndrome?

Is requip (ropinirole) the only medication available for restless leg syndrome?

RESTLESS LEG : Treatments are: dopaminergic, benzodiazepines, anticonvulsants and opioids as the last resort. ...Read more

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How much requip (ropinirole) and neuronton can I take for restless leg syndrome?

How much requip (ropinirole) and neuronton can I take for restless leg syndrome?

RLS: Best drug for RLS in your age group, would be one that has no high potential for drug-drug interaction, and as mentioned, Neurontin is unlikely to work, and Requip has liver metabolism, so I would prefer Mirapex or even a Neupro (rotigotine) patch. But your doctor knows you best, and you should consult with him/her. ...Read more

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For how many years Requip (ropinirole) is an effective treatment for Parkinson's as the decease progresses?

That Depends : Requip (ropinirole) is not a cure nor will it lessen the progression (or I'm unaware of such evidence)....however it's benefit on symptoms of a movement disorder may be present as long as you take the medication, possibly many years. If you think it may no longer be effective, then discuss with provider. Maybe a dosage adjustment or maybe a trial off/on the medication is reasonable. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Requip (Definition)

Requip is a dopamine affecting agent which is a kind of anti-Parkinson's drug ...Read more