Requip

Generic name: Ropinirole.

Requip is a dopamine agonist. It is thought to work by stimulating dopamine receptors in the brain.

Quick Facts About Requip

Purpose

Used to treat early and advanced Parkinson’s disease.

Requip Dosage

Take exactly as prescribed. Take on an empty stomach unless nausea occurs. In that case, take with food.

  • Usual adult dose: initially — 0.25 milligram 3 times per day. Doctor will increase dose depending on reaction up to no more than 3 milligrams per day. Lower doses may be prescribed for people with kidney disease.
  • Usual child dose: Not prescribed for children.
  • Missed dose: take immediately. Space remaining doses evenly over the rest of the day. Go back to regular schedule the next day. Do not double doses.

Requip Side Effects

Overdose symptoms:

none reported; however, symptoms are likely to be severe side effects. If you suspect an overdose, immediately seek medical attention.

More common side effects: early Parkinson’s disease — dizziness, fainting, general pain, insomnia, nausea, sore throat, tiredness, upset stomach, viral infection, vision changes, vomiting. Advanced Parkinson’s disease — abdominal pain, abnormal movements, confusion, constipation, hallucinations, insomnia, muscle rigidity, pneumonia, tremors, twitching, urinary infection.

Less common Requip side effects: early Parkinson’s disease — appetite loss, bronchitis, chest pain, confusion, difficulty breathing, difficulty concentrating, dry mouth, gas, general feeling of ill health, flushing, hallucinations, heart palpitations, loss of sex drive or impotence, memory loss, poor blood supply to extremities, rapid heartbeat, runny nose, sensitive reflexes, sinus irritation, swelling, vision problems, unusual movement, urinary infection, yawning. Advanced Parkinson’s disease — anemia, arthritis, breathing difficulty, diarrhea, difficulty swallowing, dry mouth, gas, increased saliva production, memory loss, nervousness, “pins and needles” in hands and feet, poor muscle coordination including difficulty walking, temporary paralysis, unusual dreams or thoughts, urinary problems including pus in urine and poor control, weight loss.

Interactions

Inform your doctor before combining Requip with:

calcium channel blockers such as diltiazem (Cardizem or Dilacor); erythromycin; estrogen; fluoroquinolone anti-infectives such as ciprofloxacin (Cipro), enoxacin (Penetrex), and norfloaxcin (Noroxin); fluvoxamine (Luvox): mexiletine (Mexitil); other antiparkinsonian drugs including levodopa (Dopar or Larodopa); phenothiazine tranquilizers or other tranquilizers such as haloperidol, metoclopramide, thioxanthene, and other drugs that antagonize the effects of dopamine; sleeping pills and other nervous system depressants; tacrine (Cognex).

Use cigarettes and alcohol with caution while taking Requip.

Special Cautions

Effects of Requip on pregnant women and nursing mothers not known. If pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, inform your doctor immediately.

Seniors are more likely to develop hallucinations.

Not prescribed for children.

  • Contact your doctor if you experience hallucinations or other unusual symptoms, including changes in vision or testicular discomfort.
  • May cause low blood pressure. Use caution when rising from a sitting or lying position to avoid dizziness or fainting.
  • Monitor for high fever, confusion, or breathing problems if you have a history of taking other antiparkinsonians.
  • Use caution when driving a car or operating dangerous machinery if combining Requip with alcohol or other central nervous system depressants.

Note:

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