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Ropinirole

Why is this medication prescribed?

Ropinirole is used to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease, including tremors (shaking), stiffness, and slowness of movement.

How should this medicine be used?

Ropinirole comes as a tablet to take by mouth. It is usually taken three times a day with or without food. Your doctor will increase your dose as needed on a weekly basis. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take ropinirole exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.

Ropinirole controls the symptoms of Parkinson's disease but does not cure it. Continue to take ropinirole even if you feel well. Do not stop taking ropinirole without talking to your doctor. Stopping ropinirole suddenly may cause your condition to worsen.

What special precautions should I follow?

Before taking ropinirole,

  • tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to ropinirole or any other drugs.
  • tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications you are taking, especially acetophenazine (Tindal), amantadine (Symadine, Symmetrel), bromocriptine (Parlodel), chlorpromazine (Thorazine), chlorprothixene (Taractan), cimetidine (Tagamet, Tagamet HB), ciprofloxacin (Cipro), diltiazem (Cardiazem), enoxacin (Penetrex), erythromycin, estrogen (birth control pills or estrogen tablets or patches), fluphenazine (Prolixin), fluvoxamine (Fluvox), haloperidol (Haldol), levodopa (Larodopa, Dopar, and Sinemet), medications for anxiety, medications that cause drowsiness, mesoridazine (Serentil), methdilazine (Tacaryl), metoclopramide (Reglan), mexiletine (Mexitil), norfloxacin (Noroxin), pergolide (Permax), perphenazine (Trilafon), pramipexole (Mirapex), prochlorperazine (Compazine), promazine (Sparine), promethazine (Phenergan), selegiline (Eldepryl), sleeping pills, tacrine (Cognex), thioridazine (Mellaril), triflupromazine (Vesprin), trifluoperazine (Stelazine), trimeprazine (Temaril), thiothixene (Navane), and vitamins.
  • tell your doctor if you have or have ever had heart, liver, or kidney disease.
  • tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while taking ropinirole, call your doctor immediately.
  • you should know that this drug may make you drowsy or may make you fall asleep during activities of daily living. Do not drive a car or operate machinery until you know how ropinirole will affect you. This is especially important during the first 3-5 days of therapy and whenever your dose is increased.
  • remember that alcohol can add to the drowsiness caused by this drug.
  • you should know that this drug may decrease your blood pressure. You should not move rapidly after sitting or lying down. This is especially important during the first 3-5 days of therapy and whenever your dose is increased.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Ropinirole may cause an upset stomach. Take ropinirole with food or milk.

What should I do if I forget a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.

What side effects can this medication cause?

Although side effects from ropinirole are not common, they can occur. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:

  • involuntary movements
  • dizziness
  • drowsiness
  • excessive tiredness
  • headache
  • upset stomach
  • heartburn
  • vomiting
  • constipation
  • frequent urination
  • dry mouth
  • decreased sexual ability

If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:

  • hallucinations
  • fainting
  • high temperature, rigid muscles, confusion
  • increased sweating
  • irregular heartbeat
  • chest pain
  • swelling of the feet, ankles, or lower legs
  • cold or flu-like symptoms
  • changes in vision
  • falling asleep while eating, having a conversation, or in the middle of another activity

Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your medication.

In case of emergency/overdose

In case of overdose, call your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, call local emergency services at 911.

What other information should I know?

Keep all appointments with your doctor and the laboratory.

Do not let anyone else take your medication. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about refilling your prescription.

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