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Common side effects of Requip (Ropinirole)

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Requip is used for the treatment of Parkinson's disease. Requip restores the balance of dopamine in the brain which helps in treating Parkinson’s disease. It improves the following things in the patients:

  • Ability to move
  • Decreases tremors
  • Stiffness
  • Slowed movement
  • Unsteadiness

It is also used in the treatment of restless leg syndrome. It reduces the urge to move legs which helps in improving the patient’s sleep.
If you have any specific queries about Requip, ask your physician or the pharmacist when you go to buy the medication.

For the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, this medication is taken orally, usually thrice daily as prescribed by your healthcare provider. The amount of medication to be taken depends on your medical condition and the duration of the treatment.

It may interact with other drugs, so make sure you tell your doctor about all the medications you are taking. Begin with a reduced dosage and then increase them slowly, according to your doctor. In this case, take the medicine with food as it would reduce nausea.

Take the drug at the same time every day. Keep taking the medicine for the prescribed amount of time. If you stop this medication suddenly, you may suffer from withdrawal symptoms.

If your condition doesn’t become better, contact your healthcare provider.

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How it Works

Neurotransmitters are chemical substances in the brain which transmit messages between the nerves. Because of these messages, the body functions normally.

Dopamine is also a neurotransmitter which plays a role in controlling movement. In people suffering from Parkinson’s disease, the amount of Dopamine present is either reduced or is completely absent.

Requip acts in the place of dopamine and stimulates the same receptor sites in the brain as Dopamine, thus controlling the movement.

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Side effects

If you are using Requip with consultation from your doctor, then you should keep the fact in mind that he has weighed the pros and cons of the medicine before prescribing them to you.

Minor Side Effects

There are a few side effects of using Requip. Depending on their severity, they may not even need medical attention. Since it is foreign for the body, it will take some time to adjust to Requip, and these side effects will go after some time naturally. You need to look out for the following:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Weakness
  • Unusual sweating
  • Headache
  • Dry mouth

If these side effects get worse, tell your doctor immediately.

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Serious Side effects

Inform your healthcare provider if any of these serious side effects occur:

  • Difficulty in moving
  • Confusion
  • Depression
  • Hallucinations
  • Memory problems
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Muscle cramps
  • Decreased sexual ability
  • Swelling of the ankles
  • Chest pain

If you are taking Requip, you may fall asleep suddenly without experiencing any drowsiness first. Do not engage in activities that require your full concentration and immediately discuss this with your doctor.

This medication may also raise your blood pressure. Constantly monitor your blood pressure and let your doctor know about any changes.

It is very rare to develop an allergic reaction to Requip. It is uncommon that you get a severe allergic reaction such as difficulty in breathing or swelling of the tongue, throat, or face due to this drug. However, if such a situation arises, get medical assistance immediately.

If you notice anything other than the above-listed side effects, you should contact your physician and discuss it with them as soon as possible.

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Precautions

If you have any allergies, it is better to inform your healthcare provider, before taking Requip. There can be some inactive ingredients in Requip which may also cause allergic reactions. To know more details, you should talk to your doctor.

Your physician should know your complete medical history as this is very crucial. If you have suffered from the following in the past or are under treatment for the following, your doctor should know beforehand:

  • Heart problems
  • Mood disorders
  • Difficulty walking
  • Kidney problems
  • Liver problems
  • High or low blood pressure
  • Sleep apnea
  • Narcolepsy

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This medication may cause dizziness. Do not drive heavy machinery or do anything that requires your complete focus.

Adults who are older may be more sensitive to the side effects of the medication such as mood changes, nausea, and vomiting, etc.

Do not use or operate heavy machinery after taking this drug as it makes you drowsy and dizzy.

If you are undergoing surgery, make sure your healthcare provider knows all the medications you are taking.

Without the permission of a doctor, Requip should not be given to children under the age of 12.

Risks and benefits of using Requip during pregnancy should be discussed with the doctor, and it should be used only when necessary.
If you are breastfeeding, consult your doctor since Requip may pass into the breast milk although it appears to be safe.

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