What is Ropinirole?

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Ropinirole is an anti-Parkinson's agent used to treat the signs and symptoms of Parkinson's disease (PD). It is also used for the treatment of moderate-to-severe primary Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS).

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Parkinson's disease 1165 827
Restless legs syndrome 375 206
Restless feeling in legs 268 110
Stiffness/spasticity 50 51
Tremor(s) 30 43
Periodic limb movement disorder 20 7

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 163
Moderate 255
Mild 334
None 385

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Ropinirole

Side effect Patients Percentage
Nausea 92
Fatigue 53
Swelling in feet 36
Tiredness 35
Sleepiness 34
Swelling in ankles 28

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Ropinirole

Dosage Patients Percentage
1 mg daily 27
2 mg daily 11
0.5 mg daily 9
1 mg three times daily 9
8 mg daily 9
4 mg daily 8
12 mg daily 8
0.25 mg daily 5
6 mg daily 5
2 mg four times daily 5

See all 39 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Ropinirole

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Reason Patients Percentage
Side effects too severe 291
Did not seem to work 155
Doctor's advice 154
Other 85
Expense 22
Personal research 20
Course of treatment ended 17
Change in health plan coverage 13
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Duration

Currently taking Ropinirole

Duration Patients Percentage
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 17
2 - 5 years 44
5 - 10 years 43
10 years or more 41

Stopped taking Ropinirole

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 100
1 - 6 months 167
6 months - 1 year 89
1 - 2 years 94
2 - 5 years 104
5 - 10 years 45
10 years or more 5
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 935
Usually 140
Sometimes 23
Never taken as prescribed 39
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 48
Somewhat hard to take 107
A little hard to take 180
Not at all hard to take 802
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 56
$100-199 23
$50-99 73
$25-49 118
< $25 488
Not specified 379

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Ropinirole after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Pramipexole (Mirapex) 21
Rotigotine (Neupro Patch) 15
Carbidopa-Levodopa (Sinemet) 13
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 7
Amantadine (Symmetrel) 6

Show all 19 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Ropinirole and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Carbidopa-Levodopa (Sinemet) 30
Pramipexole (Mirapex) 19
Rotigotine (Neupro Patch) 13
Amantadine (Symmetrel) 6
Rasagiline (Azilect) 5

Show all 25 treatments patients report switching to

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113 patient evaluations for Ropinirole

Dec 15, 2018 (Started Apr 24, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for restless legs syndrome)
  • Side effects
    Mild (sleepiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 3 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Feb 21, 2018 (Started Apr 24, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for restless legs syndrome)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 3 mg Daily

Nov 14, 2016 (Started Apr 24, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for restless legs syndrome)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 3 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Feb 15, 2018 (Started Nov 12, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for tremor(s))
  • Side effects
    Severe (obsessive-compulsive disorder)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 0.25 mg Four times daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Mar 23, 2017 (Started May 01, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 9 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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