About the drug:
Ropinirole is the drug used for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. The active ingredient Ropinirole Hydrochloride is a dopamine agonist. Dopamine is a very important natural substance required by brain for its functioning. But due to Parkinson’s disease the levels of dopamine in the brain decreases tremendously, leading to a movement disorders.
Uses of the drug:
Ropinirole is used mainly as a standalone medication or in combination with other medications to treat movement disorders caused by Parkinson’s disease. The drug has shown to have good effect in moderate-to-severe Parkinson’s disease. This drug is approved for use in the treatment of Parkinson’s. The drug is effective in reducing the severity of symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, but it does not cure the disease. It may improve the sleep by decreasing the urge to move your legs and decreasing unpleasant feelings in the legs.
Working of the drug:
Ropinirole, a dopamine agonist works just like the natural dopamine and helps the brain to function better.
Ropark is manufactured by Intas Pharmaceuticals. It is available on our website in various pack sizes and you can buy Ropark 1 mg online from alldaychemist.com.
Dosage form and strengths:
Ropinirole is available in the tablet form in the following strength of the active ingredient:
- Ropark 0.25 mg
- Ropark 0.5 mg
- Ropark 1 mg
- Ropark 2 mg
- Requip XL 2 mg
- Requip XL 4 mg
- Requip 5 mg
- Requip XL 8 mg
You can buy Ropark 1 mg online at alldaychemist.com.
Before you take the drug:
Do not take the drug if you:
- Are allergic to Ropinirole or any other ingredient of the drug
- Are pregnant (use it only when clearly needed). Clearly discuss the risks and benefits of the drug before using it.
- Are breastfeeding, then ask your doctor as it is still unknown that whether this medicine passes into the breast milk or not.
- have serious heart complaints
- have serious mental disorders
- are below 18 years of age
- have lactose intolerance
Tell your doctor if you:
- Have or have had liver disease
- Bleeding or obstruction in the stomach and intestine
How much to take the drug?
It may take some time to decide the exact dose of the drug for you. The commonly recommended dose of Ropinirole in the starting is 0.25 mg tablet three times a day for the first week. The dose is then gradually increased by the doctor with each increasing week. You may be given Ropinirole alone or it might be given along with another medicine like Levodopa.
Always take the drug dose as prescribed by the doctor only. Never change the dosage, start, or stop using the drug without doctor’s permission. Always complete the dose.
How to take the drug?
Swallow the tablet with one glass full of water. Do not break the tablet. Take the drug exactly as directed. This drug should be combined with well balanced calorie controlled diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables. If the tablet is taken without food then it is more likely that you may feel sick or nauseated. So, it is best to take this medicine with food.
Take the tablet at the same time each day, so as to avoid forgetting the dose. This should become a habit for you to take the tablet until the doctor tells you to stop the drug.
For how long to take it?
Ask your doctor about the time period for which the drug must be taken. Take the tablet every day continuously until your doctor tells you to stop.
In case of an overdose of Ropinirole, get emergency medical attention or call the Doctor immediately. Overdose may lead to symptoms such as severe headache, irritability, blurred vision, drowsiness, irregular heartbeat, sweating, cold or clammy skin, shortness of breat, fainting, or seizure attack.
Take the dose as soon as you remember, and then go back to taking it as you would normally. If it is less than 12 hours to the next dose, do not take the dose you have missed. Do not take a double dose to make up for the one that you overlooked.
Side effects of the drug:
Tell your doctor as soon as possible if you notice any of the following:
- Stomach pain
- Heart burn
- Swelling of legs
- Sleep problems (insomnia)
- Loss of appetite
- Postural hypotension
- High blood pressure
- Muscle aches
- Weight loss
- Mood changes
- Trouble while breathing
In above cases, you must go for immediate medical help. Do not get alarmed by the list. You may /may not experience all of them. Tell your doctor immediately in the above situations.
Common drug interactions:
As the drug is associated with Parkinson’s many other dementia medicines may counteract if taken without the prescription. So it is necessary to consult your doctor about the following drugs such as:
- Ciprofloxacin or Enoxacin
- Metoclopramide, which is used to treat nausea and heartburn
- St. John's Wort
- Antidepressants like fluoxamine, sertraline etc.
- HRT (hormone replacement therapy)
Tell the doctor about all the prescription and non prescription drugs including the herbal medications to the doctor before taking the drugs prescribed by him to avoid any drug interaction. Ask your doctor to give you the full list of the drugs needed to be avoided while taking the drug as they may interfere with it and may cause adverse effects.
Things to remember:
- One should not exceed the dose prescribed by doctor
- This medicine could affect your ability to drive or operate machinery
- Do not give this drug to a child or adolescent under 18 years old
- Tyramine rich food, beverages and supplements should be avoided while taking Ropinirole
- Do not smoke while taking this medicine as if you are doing so then the doctor might need to change the dose accordingly
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