What is ropinirole? What is ropinirole used for?

Ropinorole is an anti-Parkinson’s medication.

Ropinorole works by binding to dopamine receptors in the brain. Ropinorole stimulates the dopamine receptors and improves symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. The FDA approved ropinirole in September 1997. It is also a treatment for Restless legs syndrome (RLS ).

What brand names are available for ropinirole?

Requip, Requip XL

Is ropinirole available as a generic drug?


Do I need a prescription for ropinirole?


What is the dosage for ropinirole?

Parkinson’s disease

Immediate-release tablets: Take 0.25 mg by mouth 3 times a day for week 1, then increase weekly by 0.25 mg 3 times a day if needed. After week 4 doses may be increased by 1.5 mg/day on weekly basis up to a dose of 9 mg/day. If still needed, may increase doses by 3 mg/day on a weekly basis to a total dose of 24 mg/day.

Extended-release tablets: Take 2 mg by mouth once daily for 1 to 2 weeks. Doses can be increased by 2 mg/day at intervals longer than week. Not to exceed 24 mg/day.

Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)

Immediate release tablets: Take 0.25 mg by mouth 1 to 3 hours before bedtime on day 1 and 2. Starting day 3 to 7, may increase to 0.5 mg by mouth once daily at bedtime. Starting week 2, may increase to 1 mg per day, then increase weekly by 0.5 mg/day to up to 4 mg/day.

Is ropinirole safe to take if I’m pregnant or breastfeeding?

There are no adequate studies of ropinorole to determine safe and effective use in pregnant women.

It is not known whether ropinorole enters breast milk. It is should be avoided in nursing mothers to avoid potential risks to newborn infants.

Patients treated with ropinirole have reported falling asleep during activities of daily living, including driving. Other side effects of ropinorole are nausea, flatulence, dizziness, sleepiness, fatigue, flushing, hallucinations, confusion, irregular heart rate and rhythm, and confusion.

What else should I know about ropinirole?

What preparations of ropinirole are available?

Tablets (immediate release): 0.25, 0.5, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 mg. Tablets (extended-release): 2, 4, 6, 8, 12 mg

How should I keep ropinirole stored?

STORAGE Store ropinorole immediate-release and extended-release tablets between temperatures 15 C and 30 C (59 F and 86 F).

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Medically Reviewed on 7/9/2019



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