Ropinirole comes in tablet form. If you are taking it for Parkinson's disease, you take it three times a day. If you are taking it for restless legs syndrome, it is generally taken once a day, one to three hours before bedtime. You can take your dose with food to avoid nausea.
When you first start taking the drug, you may feel nauseous, dizzy, faint, or sweaty. Do not stand up quickly after lying down or sitting to minimize the chances of this happening.
For the medication to work properly, you have to take it as prescribed. Ropinirole will not work if you stop taking it.
The dose of ropinirole your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- The medical condition being treated
- Other medical conditions you may have
- Other medications you may be currently taking.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
(Click Dosing for Ropinirole for more information.)
Ropinirole can potentially interact with a number of medicines (see Drug Interactions for Ropinirole).
What If I Take an Overdose?As with all medicines, it is possible to overdose on ropinirole. Symptoms of an overdose can include but are not limited to:
- Visual hallucinations
- Heart palpitations
If you happen to overdose on ropinirole, seek immediate medical attention (see Requip XL Overdose).