Uses and Side Effects of Requip

About Requip:

Requip with the generic name of ropinirole has the same effect on the body as dopamine. Dopamine is a naturally produced enzyme in the body. A low level of dopamine is related to development of Parkinson Disease. Thus, Requip works mainly like dopamine and increases its level and thus is primarily used for conditions like Parkinson Disease. Requip tends to control muscle stiffness, tremors, muscle spasms, and muscle control which are some of the symptoms of Parkinson Disease.

Restless Leg Syndrome can also be effectively treated with Requip. FDA as of now has only approved Immediate Release form and not the Extended Release form of this medication. Requip may make an individual fall asleep during daytime even when the individual may appear very alert. He or she may fall asleep out of the blue when at work, driving, talking, or eating. Thus, people who already have problems with daytime drowsiness need to consult with a physician before starting on Requip.

Uses and Side Effects of Requip

What Are the Uses of Requip?

The main use of this medication, Requip, either alone or in combination with other medications is to treat Parkinson Disease. It helps improve the tremors caused by Parkinson Disease along with decreased muscle stiffness and spasms. Another use of Requip is to treat Restless Leg Syndrome. Requip tends to improve the sleeping pattern thus decreasing the urge of moving the legs as is the case with this condition.

What are the Side Effects of Requip?

Any allergic reaction such as hives, problems with breathing, swelling of the face or lips may be signs of an allergy to Requip and needs immediate medical attention. Some of the other side effects of Requip are:

  • Falling asleep during daytime while doing any work like driving, eating, or even while in a conversation or in a meeting
  • Feeling lightheaded and dizzy
  • Changes in mood or behavior
  • Hallucinations
  • Tremors
  • Involuntary muscle movements
  • Unexplained muscle pain and tenderness
  • Increased libido
  • Headache
  • Nausea with or without vomiting
  • Upset stomach
  • Fever, chills, or body aches
  • Increased sweating
  • Swelling in the lower extremities.
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:August 1, 2019

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