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Generic Name: ropinirole

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].

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