Dosing for Ropinirole

Dosing for Ropinirole: Restless Legs Syndrome

The recommended starting dose for patients with restless legs syndrome (RLS) is 0.25 mg once daily, one to three hours before bedtime. Your healthcare provider may choose to increase the dose if symptoms for restless legs syndrome continue or decrease the dose if side effects occur.
 
In some cases, you may be given a ropinirole starting kit with doses marked by day. The medicine in this kit slowly increases the daily ropinirole dose so that you and your healthcare provider can decide the best dose for you. Because everyone is different, you may not need the highest dose in the kit, or you may need even a higher dose. Make sure to follow your healthcare provider's instructions for the kit.
 
Ropinirole dosages of more than 4 mg per day have not been tested in restless legs syndrome research studies.
 

General Ropinirole Dosing Information

Some considerations to keep in mind regarding ropinirole dosing include:
 
  • Ropinirole can be taken with or without food. However, taking it with food may reduce your chances of nausea.  
  • For people with Parkinson's disease, ropinirole should be taken at the same time each day to maintain an even level of ropinirole in the body.  
  • Do not stop taking ropinirole without first discussing it with your healthcare provider. If you have stopped ropinirole, do not restart it without first discussing this with your healthcare provider.  
  • If you do not take your ropinirole as scheduled, take your next scheduled dose. Never take a double dose!
     

Dosing for Ropinirole: Final Thoughts

If you are unsure about anything related to ropinirole, including dosing information, after reading this article, talk to your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
 
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