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Ropinirole Hydrochloride Oral tablet

It is used to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease

Generic Name: ropinirole  |  Brand Name: Requip

Brand Names: Ropinirole Hydrochloride, Requip XL, Requip, Requip Starter Kit

There is an FDA Alert for this drug. Click here to view it.

Special Alerts:

[Posted 06/13/2011] ISSUE: FDA notified healthcare professionals and the public of medication error reports in which patients were given risperidone (Risperdal) instead of ropinirole (Requip) and vice versa. In some cases, patients who took the wrong medication needed to be hospitalized.

The FDA determined that the factors contributing to the confusion between the two products include:

  • Similarities of both the brand (proprietary) and generic (established) names
  • Similarities of the container labels and carton packaging
  • Illegible handwriting on prescriptions
  • Overlapping product characteristics, such as the drug strengths, dosage forms, and dosing intervals.

BACKGROUND: Risperidone (Risperdal) is an antipsychotic medication used to treat mental illnesses including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and irritability associated with autistic disorder. Ropinirole (Requip) is a dopamine agonist used in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease and Restless Legs Syndrome.

RECOMMENDATION: Healthcare Professionals are reminded to clearly print or spell out the medication name on prescriptions and make certain their patients know the name of their prescribed medication and their reason for taking it. For more information visit the FDA website at: [Web] and [Web].

What is this medicine?

ROPINIROLE (roe PIN i role) is used to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease. It helps to improve muscle control and movement difficulties. It is also used for the treatment of Restless Legs Syndrome.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • dizzy or fainting spells
  • heart disease
  • high blood pressure
  • kidney disease
  • liver disease
  • low blood pressure
  • sleeping problems
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to ropinirole, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. You can take it with or without food. If it upsets your stomach, take it with food. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking this medicine except on your doctor's advice.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • ciprofloxacin
  • female hormones, like estrogens and birth control pills
  • medicines for depression, anxiety, or psychotic disturbances
  • metoclopramide
  • mexiletine
  • norfloxacin
  • omeprazole

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. It may be several weeks or months before you feel the full effect of this medicine.

You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this drug affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Alcohol can increase possible dizziness. Avoid alcoholic drinks. If you find that you have sudden feelings of wanting to sleep during normal activities, like cooking, watching television, or while driving or riding in a car, you should contact your health care professional.

Your mouth may get dry. Chewing sugarless gum or sucking hard candy, and drinking plenty of water may help. Contact your doctor if the problem does not go away or is severe.

There have been reports of increased sexual urges or other strong urges such as gambling while taking some medicines for Parkinson's disease. If you experience any of these urges while taking this medicine, you should report it to your health care provider as soon as possible.

You should check your skin often for changes to moles and new growths while taking this medicine. Call your doctor if you notice any of these changes.


Last Updated: April 06, 2010
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