What is Requip?
Requip is the brand name for the prescription drug ropinirole, which is used to treat Parkinson's disease. Requip is also used to treat restless legs syndrome (RLS).
Requip is a dopamine agonist, which means it works by increasing levels of dopamine in the brain. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that helps to control movement and coordination. Parkinson's disease occurs when there is a deficiency of dopamine in the brain.
Requip is available in tablet and extended-release tablet form. It is usually taken three times a day with meals. The extended-release tablets are taken once a day, at bedtime.
Side Effects of Requip
Common side effects of Requip include:
- uncontrollable movements of the face, tongue, or body
- dry mouth
Requip can also cause more serious side effects, including:
- unusual behavior
- suicidal thoughts or actions
- trouble swallowing
- swelling of the face, throat, tongue, lips, eyes, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs
- trouble breathing or swallowing
- peeling or blistering skin
- fast, irregular, or pounding heartbeat
- body aches
- flu symptoms
- increased blood pressure
- blurred vision
- numbness or tingling in the hands or feet
- panic attacks
- trouble sleeping (insomnia)
- urinating more often than usual
- increased appetite
- weight gain
If you experience any of the above side effects, you should contact your doctor or seek medical attention immediately.
Requip and Pregnancy
Requip is in FDA pregnancy category C, which means it is not known whether Requip will harm an unborn baby. You should not take Requip if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant.
Requip is also not recommended for use by nursing mothers. If you are taking Requip and breastfeeding, you should talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of taking Requip.
Requip and Alcohol
There is no specific information on the interaction between Requip and alcohol. However, you should avoid drinking alcohol while taking Requip, as it may intensify the side effects of Requip.
Requip and Other Drugs
Requip may interact with other drugs, including over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, and herbal supplements. You should always talk to your doctor about all the drugs you are taking, including over-the-counter drugs, before starting Requip.
Some of the drugs that may interact with Requip include:
- anticholinergic drugs
- anti-anxiety drugs
- anti-nausea drugs
- antipsychotic drugs
- blood pressure drugs
- dopamine agonists
- MAO inhibitors
- muscle relaxants
- narcotic pain relievers
- seizure drugs
- sleeping pills
- ulcer drugs
This is not a complete list of all the drugs that may interact with Requip. You should always talk to your doctor or pharmacist about all the drugs you are taking, including over-the-counter drugs, before starting Requip.
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