Ropinirole is a Dopamine like medicine used in the treatment of symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and restless leg syndrome.
Uses of Ropinirole
- Parkinson’s disease (stiffness, tremors, muscle spasms and slow movements)
- Restless leg syndrome
Contraindications of Ropinirole
When should one not use Ropinirole
- If you have low blood pressure or high blood pressure
- Heart disorders
- Liver damage
- Kidney damage
- Sleep disturbances
Side effects of Ropinirole
Common side effects of this drug are:
- Widespread side effects:
- Feeling sick (nausea)
- Being sick (vomiting)
- Fatigue (mental or physical tiredness)
- Dizziness (spinning sensation)
- Stomach pain
- Swelling of the legs, feet or hands
- Twitching muscle movements or muscle pain
- Weakness with fever and dark-colored urine
Precautions and Warnings of Ropinirole
Can I take Ropinirole during pregnancy?
This medicine is not recommended if you are pregnant unless your doctor advises that the benefit to you of taking it is greater than the risk to your unborn baby.
Can I take Ropinirole while breastfeeding?
It is not advisable if you are breastfeeding, as it can affect your milk production.
Can I drive if I have consumed Ropinirole?
You may feel drowsy. In sporadic cases, this medicine can make people feel extremely sleepy and it sometimes makes people fall asleep very suddenly without warning.
Can I consume alcohol with Ropinirole?
Avoid intake of alcohol.
Other General Warnings
Talk to your doctor if
- You should check the labels on all your medicines (such as allergy or cough-and-cold products) because they may contain ingredients that cause drowsiness
- Avoid smoking because cigarette as it may decrease the level of this medication in your bloodstream
Mode of Action of Ropinirole
How Does It Work?
Dopamine is present naturally in your body and is associated with Parkinson’s disease. Ropinirole is a Dopamine-like medicine used in the treatment of symptoms of Parkinson’s disease (stiffness/ rigidity, tremors and slow movements) and restless leg syndrome. This medicine works by helping to restore the balance of a certain natural substance (Dopamine) in the brain.
Interactions of Ropinirole
Interactions with other medicines
- Some products that may interact with this medicine are
- Antipsychotics (e.g. Chlorpromazine, Haloperidol, Thiothixene, Metoclopramide)
- Other products such as opioid pain or cough relievers (Codeine, Hydrocodone)
- Drugs for sleep/ anxiety (Alprazolam, Lorazepam, Zolpidem)
- Muscle relaxants (Carisoprodol, Cyclobenzaprine)
- Antihistamines (Cetirizine, Diphenhydramine)
Interactions with food items
By using caffeine beverages together with Ropinirole may increase the effects of Ropinirole. It may cause nausea, vomiting, weakness, drowsiness, fainting and confusion. Alcohol can increase the side effects of Ropinirole like dizziness, drowsiness, impairment in thinking and judgment, and difficulty in concentrating.
Dietary Restrictions of Ropinirole
No information is available on dietary restrictions while you are taking Ropinirole, consult your doctor or pharmacist for further details.
Dosage of Ropinirole
Missed a Dose
If you miss taking a dose, take medicine when you remember the missed dose. If it is almost time for your next dose, don’t take the missed dose and go back to the regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q: What should I discuss with my healthcare expert before taking Ropinirole?
- Inform the doctor about your detailed medical and surgical history
- Inform your physician if you have any of the following conditions:
- High blood pressure
- Heart disorders
- Liver complaints
- Kidney complaints
- Sleep disturbances
- If you are pregnant, lactating or planning a pregnancy
- You should also inform about if the restless less symptoms do not decrease
Q: When and how to consume the medicine?
A: Ropinirole should be taken in the exact dose as advised by the physician. Do not take more than the recommended dose of this medicine as overdose of Ropinirole can cause serious problems. Do not chew the extended-release tablet. Take Ropinirole with a full glass of water. It may be taken with or without food. Do not stop the medication suddenly as it may lead to worsening of the condition.
Q: What must be known regarding the storage of Ropinirole?
A: Ropinirole should be stored at room temperature, away from moisture, sunlight and heat. Keep out of the reach of children.
Q: Can I take the drug during pregnancy or lactation?
A: It is advisable to avoid taking Ropinirole during pregnancy and nursing. This drug will be prescribed during pregnancy only if the benefit to the mother outweighs the risk to the fetus. This drug inhibits the secretion of prolactin hormone essential for nursing and thus could potentially inhibit breastfeeding.
Last Updated on: 05 Oct 2020 | 10:47 PM (IST)
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