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I have restless leg syndrome and would like to look at options other than ropinirole (sp) as a medication. It makes me sleepy.?
Many menu items: Eliminate caffeine, alcohol, nicotine. Check reversible causes [thyroid, low iron, other drugs like antidepressants, reglan, (metoclopramide) sleepy antihistamines like benadryl]. Stretch before bedtime. Other meds to try: cabergoline; pramipexole, gabapentin, pregabalin, clonidine, propranolol, iron [if your ferritin < 45], levodopa/carbidopa & carbamazepine. Wishing you restful sleep, no counting sheep! ...Read more
Is it safe to take fluoxetine with Parkinson's medications such as sinemet and requip (ropinirole)?
Mild interaction: There is no severe interaction although if the fluoxetine were to be sedating to you then you may feel somewhat sedated. Additionally, the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors that include fluoxetine have been known to produce mild extrapyramidal effects through obscure mechanisms. This would translate into a potential for mild motoric phenomena that would be only a nuisance. Stay safe! ...Read more
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
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
Is it safe for a Parkinson's patient that takes ropinirole to take robotussin? It says do not take with maoi drugs. Currently taking ropinirole.
Most likely OK: Please check with your treating neurologist. In my experience, taking ropinirole does not present a problem with robitussin (guaifenesin). Maoi drugs are antidepressants that can cause very high blood pressure spikes if taking with tyramine inducing medications. Ropinerole is a Dopamine agonist, not an maoi. ...Read more
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
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
See answer below: As for any drug, there is a long 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
Requip (ropinirole): I have not used it, but my colleague neurologists swear by it. ...Read more
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
5mgs ropinirole for rls. How long do I have to be off ropinirole to bring down my tolerance level to 1mg or lower? What would be a good drugtogo to
You have a complex issue that would require further information and direct help. I would discuss in person with the neurologist who prescribed the medication.
Additionally I have seen RLS in patients with food sensitivities that resolves when the food is avoided. ...Read more
5 mgs of ropinirole for 8 years of RLS isn't working anymore. I cut one in half making it 7.5 mgs which works great for now. Is this ok? Please help!
OK: OK for now, but should consult with your doc. You may be suffering from "augmentation" and switch to another medication or adding another med may be useful. ...Read more
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
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
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)?
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
Nothing: Just drink plenty of water and let the meds wear off. ...Read more
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
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