Ropinirole Hydrochloride is the hydrochloride salt form of ropinirole, a non-ergot dopamine agonist with antiparkinsonian properties. Acting as a substitute for dopamine, ropinirole hydrochloride binds to and activates dopamine D2 and D3 receptors within the caudate-putamen in the brain, thereby improving motor function.
Mentioned medication is indicated alone or with other drugs to treat Parkinson’s disease. Requip can improve the ability to move and reduce shakiness, stiffness, slowed movement, and unsteadiness. This drug may also decrease the number of episodes of not being able to move. Ropinirole composed drug is also used to treat restless legs syndrome. It improves sleep by reducing the urge to move legs and reducing uncomfortable/unpleasant feelings in the legs. It restores the balance of a certain natural substance in the brain.
Ropinirole-composed medicine belongs to a class of medications called dopamine agonists. Requip has the same effect on the central nervous system as the natural chemical dopamine. This natural chemical in the brain is needed by the body to help control movement. These conditions like Parkinson’s disease, the cells that produce dopamine die. This drug acts by acting in place of the missing dopamine.
This medicine is available in dosages as given below:
- 0.25 mg: This medicine should be taken 3 times a day with or without food, as directed by the doctor
- 0.5 mg: It is to be consumed 3 times a day before or after a meal as mentioned in the prescribed by the doctor.
- 1 mg: This tablet must be taken 3 times a day as directed by the doctor
- 2 mg: This medicine is to be used 2- or 3 times day as advised by the doctor
This medication may cause hallucinations; most commonly among elderly people. Seek medical help immediately if experience hallucinations.
What is Requip?
Requip is a dopaminergic agent and it has some of the same effects as dopamine, a naturally occurring chemical found in your body. Low levels of dopamine in the brain are associated with Parkinson’s disease.
What is Requip used for?
Requip is used to treat symptoms of Parkinson’s disease (stiffness, tremors, muscle spasms, and poor muscle control). It is also used for treating restless legs syndrome (RLS).
How should Requip be consumed?
Requip can be taken with or without food. Take the medicine at the same time each day. It may take up to several weeks before your symptoms improve. Requip can be taken with or without food. Take the medicine at the same time each day.
What should be avoided while taking Requip?
Avoid getting up too fast from a sitting or lying position, or one might feel dizzy. Get up slowly and steadily to prevent a fall. Dizziness might impair thinking or reactions. Avoid driving or operating machinery until one knows how this medicine will affect you.
What other drugs will affect Requip?
Taking Requip with other drugs that make you sleepy can worsen this effect. Ask the doctor before consuming a sleeping pill, narcotic medication, muscle relaxer, or medicine for anxiety, depression, or seizures.