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Ropinirole - Indications, Dosage, Side Effects and Precautions

Written & Compiled by Anushta Chandrapalan, M.Sc  | Medically Reviewed by The Medindia Medical Review Team
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Information about Ropinirole

Generic Name : Ropinirole
Pronunciation : roe pin' i role
Latest prescription information about Ropinirole. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, warnings and its storage instructions . Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y46.7 | Therapeutic Classification : Antiparkinson Agents
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Trade Names/Brand Names of Ropinirole

India : 

International : 

Requip
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Why is Ropinirole Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is a dopamine agonist, prescribed for Parkinson's disease and restless leg syndrome (RLS). It works by acting in place of dopamine, a natural substance in the brain that is needed to control movement.

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When should Ropinirole not be taken? (Contraindications)

Hypersensitivity.

What is the dosage of Ropinirole?

The initial dose is 2 mg taken once daily for 1 to 2 weeks, followed by increases of 2 mg/day at 1-week.

How should Ropinirole be taken?

It comes as a tablet to take by mouth, with or without food.

What are the warnings and precautions for Ropinirole?

• Caution should be exercised in patients with history of heart problems, high or low blood pressure, liver disease, mental illness, sleep disorder, alcoholism, any allergy, who are taking this other medications, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

It may cause dizziness, drowsiness, or fainting, do not drive a car or operate machinery and get up slowly from bed while taking this medication.

Avoid alcohol consumption.

Patient may develop with increased risk of skin cancer (melanoma); if you notice any unusual skin growths consult with your doctor immediately.

It should not be used in children.

What are the side effects of Ropinirole?

   Most Common : Involuntary movements, nausea, dizziness, hallucinations, drowsiness, abdominal pain/discomfort and low blood pressure.
   ENT : Inner ear trauma.
   Gastrointestinal : Nausea, constipation, abdominal pain/discomfort, diarrhea and dry mouth.
   General : Swelling in the extremities.
   Musculoskeletal : Back pain.
   Central Nervous system : Anxiety.
   Heart : High blood pressure.

What are the other precautions for Ropinirole?

Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions for Ropinirole?

Store it at room temperature (25C), keep away from direct sunlight and excess heat and moisture.

Learn more about Ropinirole's interaction with Food and Herbs



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vhicks, United States

I was taking Ropinirole 3mg three times a day, then the pharmacy [Walgreen] said you quit making it. I need to know if you are manufacturing Ropinirole again. It helped more than the other brands. Thank you. Vernona Hicks

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