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 1170 826
Restless legs syndrome 374 206
Restless feeling in legs 266 110
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 165
Moderate 255
Mild 335
None 382

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Ropinirole

Side effect Patients Percentage
Nausea 94
Fatigue 54
Swelling in feet 37
Tiredness 35
Sleepiness 33
Swelling in ankles 29

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Ropinirole

Dosage Patients Percentage
1 mg daily 24
2 mg daily 19
4 mg daily 16
0.5 mg daily 13
1 mg three times daily 12
8 mg daily 9
12 mg daily 9
6 mg daily 8
0.5 mg three times daily 7
2 mg three times daily 5

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Why patients stopped taking Ropinirole

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Reason Patients Percentage
Side effects too severe 295
Did not seem to work 156
Doctor's advice 156
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
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 17
1 - 2 years 26
2 - 5 years 45
5 - 10 years 60
10 years or more 41

Stopped taking Ropinirole

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 101
1 - 6 months 171
6 months - 1 year 89
1 - 2 years 94
2 - 5 years 104
5 - 10 years 44
10 years or more 6
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 936
Usually 139
Sometimes 23
Never taken as prescribed 39
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 49
Somewhat hard to take 107
A little hard to take 181
Not at all hard to take 800
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 55
$100-199 23
$50-99 73
$25-49 118
< $25 489
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) 29
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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