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 5226 848
Restless legs syndrome 733 211
Restless feeling in legs 306 111
Stiffness/spasticity 54 52
Periodic limb movement disorder 42 7
Tremor(s) 32 43

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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 167
Moderate 259
Mild 340
None 399

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Ropinirole

Side effect Patients Percentage
Nausea 94
Fatigue 55
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 7
2 mg daily 5
8 mg daily 5
0.5 mg daily 4
1 mg three times daily 4
0.5 mg twice daily 3
12 mg daily 3
1 mg twice daily 2
4 mg daily 2
2 mg three times daily 2

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Why patients stopped taking Ropinirole

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Reason Patients Percentage
Side effects too severe 299
Did not seem to work 163
Doctor's advice 159
Other 92
Expense 22
Course of treatment ended 20
Personal research 20
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 2
2 - 5 years 12
5 - 10 years 18
10 years or more 17

Stopped taking Ropinirole

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 100
1 - 6 months 166
6 months - 1 year 88
1 - 2 years 95
2 - 5 years 105
5 - 10 years 47
10 years or more 5
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 955
Usually 146
Sometimes 24
Never taken as prescribed 40
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 51
Somewhat hard to take 111
A little hard to take 185
Not at all hard to take 818
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 59
$100-199 23
$50-99 73
$25-49 120
< $25 497
Not specified 393

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Ropinirole after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Pramipexole (Mirapex) 26
Carbidopa-Levodopa (Sinemet) 20
Rotigotine (Neupro Patch) 15
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 8
Rasagiline (Azilect) 7

Show all 21 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Ropinirole and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Carbidopa-Levodopa (Sinemet) 59
Pramipexole (Mirapex) 31
Rotigotine (Neupro Patch) 16
Carbidopa-Entacapone-Levodopa (Stalevo) 8
Rasagiline (Azilect) 7

Show all 28 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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