Ropinirole - oral

Patient Medicine Information
Why do I need this medicine?
Ropinirole is used on its own or together with other medicines to treat Parkinson's disease. Parkinson's disease is a disorder that affects movement of a person, causing symptoms such as tremors, muscle stiffness, slowed movement and impaired balance or walking.

Ropinirole cannot cure Parkinson's disease but it can improve the quality of life for people who have the disease.

Ropinirole may also be used to treat Restless Legs Syndrome.
How do I take this medicine?
Take Ropinirole exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.

Ropinirole may be taken with or without food. If nausea occurs, Ropinirole may be taken with food. Try to take it at the same time each day.

If you are taking the prolonged-release or extended-release type of tablet (may be labelled “XL” or “PD”), swallow it whole. Do not divide, chew or crush the tablet.

Ropinirole must be taken regularly for it to be effective. Continue taking Ropinirole even when you feel better. Do not stop taking it unless instructed otherwise, as stopping it suddenly could worsen your condition.
What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal schedule.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.

If you often forget to take your medicine, let your doctor or pharmacist know.

What should I take note of while taking this medicine?
Inform your doctor if you smoke cigarettes or if you have:

- heart disease
- severe kidney disease
- liver disease
- a history of mental illness
- a condition called dyskinesia (uncontrollable movements such as jerking or twitching)

Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
What side effects could I experience?
Ropinirole may cause tiredness and dizziness. Ropinirole may also cause you to suddenly fall asleep during your daily activities such as eating and watching television. You may not feel drowsy before you fall asleep. If affected, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.

Ropinirole may cause your blood pressure to fall suddenly when you get up from a sitting or lying down position and you may feel giddy. To minimise this problem, stand up slowly.

Other side effects include any of the following: vomiting, nausea, stomach pain, constipation, headache and leg swelling. These side effects are common especially when you have just started taking Ropinirole.

Let your doctor know if you experience:

- confusion and hallucinations (seeing, hearing or feeling things that are not existent)
- unusual changes in mood or behaviour (being too depressed, agitated, or having compulsive and impulsive behaviour)
- uncontrollable movements such as twitching or jerking

Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.
Can I take this with other medicines?
Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:

- medicines for mood disorder or depression e.g. haloperidol, fluphenazine, fluvoxamine
- medicine for nausea or vomiting e.g. metoclopramide
- antibiotics e.g. ciprofloxacin
- warfarin (blood-thinning medicine)
- products that contain the hormone oestrogen such as birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy (HRT)

This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Ropinirole.

Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicine, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
What special dietary instructions should I follow?
Avoid alcohol.
How should I store this medicine?
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
This information is independently developed by MIMS based on ropinirole - oral and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2020 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by
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