"June 14, 2011 -- The FDA has issued an alert about medication errors involving patients who were mistakenly given the antipsychotic risperidone, (brand name Risperdal) instead of ropinirole (Requip), which is used to treat Parkinson's disease and"...
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Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
You may develop a sudden drop in blood pressure, which can cause dizziness, nausea, and fainting. This is more likely when you are first starting the medication, when your dose is increased, or when you get up suddenly. To lower your risk, get up slowly from a sitting or lying position.
Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: new or worsening uncontrolled movements (dyskinesia), mental/mood changes (such as hallucinations), unusual urges (such as increased gambling or sexual urges).
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any of the following symptoms of a serious allergic reaction: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
In the US -
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
Read the Requip XL (ropinirole extended release tablets) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects
PRECAUTIONS: Before taking ropinirole, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: heart disease, low blood pressure, sleep disorder (such as sleep apnea, narcolepsy), mental/mood disorder, liver problems.
Some people taking ropinirole have reported falling asleep suddenly during usual daily activities (such as talking on the phone, driving). In some cases, sleep occurred without feelings of drowsiness beforehand. This effect may occur at any time during treatment, including up to 1 year after starting this medication. Therefore, do not drive or take part in other possibly dangerous activities until you are certain that this medication will not cause drowsiness or sudden sleep. This risk is increased with the use of alcohol or other medications that can make you drowsy (see Drug Interactions section). Consult your doctor for more details.
Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of this drug, especially mental/mood changes (such as hallucinations).
This drug should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
It is unknown if this medication passes into breast milk. Breast-feeding while using this drug is not recommended. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
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