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 indicated for the treatment of moderate-to-severe primary Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS).

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Parkinson's Disease 1,059 722
RLS (Restless Legs Syndrome) 298 132
Restless feeling in legs 251 99
Stiffness/Spasticity 50 45
Tremor(s) 29 41
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
Severe 147
Moderate 234
Mild 297
None 278

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Ropinirole

Side effect Patients
Nausea 90
Daytime sleepiness 86
Fatigue 51
Tiredness 35
Swelling in feet 31
Swelling in ankles 27

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Ropinirole

Dosage Patients
8 mg daily 20
2 mg daily 19
12 mg daily 17
6 mg daily 14
1 mg daily 12
4 mg daily 11
1 mg three times daily 9
0.5 mg daily 7
16 mg daily 7
0.75 mg daily 6

See all 53 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Ropinirole

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 266
Doctor's advice 143
Did not seem to work 138
Other 78
Expense 22
Personal research 18
Course of treatment ended 14
Change in health plan coverage 10
See all 525 patients who’ve stopped taking Ropinirole

Duration

Currently taking Ropinirole

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 9
6 months - 1 year 10
1 - 2 years 22
2 - 5 years 69
5 - 10 years 79
10 years or more 30

Stopped taking Ropinirole

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 85
1 - 6 months 163
6 months - 1 year 88
1 - 2 years 88
2 - 5 years 94
5 - 10 years 30
10 years or more 4
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 781
Usually 121
Sometimes 23
Never taken as prescribed 31
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 45
Somewhat hard to take 98
A little hard to take 163
Not at all hard to take 650
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 47
$100-199 17
$50-99 70
$25-49 110
< $25 418
Not specified 294

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Ropinirole after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Pramipexole (Mirapex) 10
Rotigotine (Neupro Patch) 8
Rasagiline (Azilect) 5
Amantadine (Symmetrel) 4
Carbidopa-Levodopa (Sinemet) 4

Show all 12 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Ropinirole and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Carbidopa-Levodopa (Sinemet) 19
Rotigotine (Neupro Patch) 9
Pramipexole (Mirapex) 7
Carbidopa-Entacapone-Levodopa (Stalevo) 3
Gabapentin Enacarbil (Horizant) 2

Show all 15 treatments patients report switching to

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113 patient evaluations for Ropinirole

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KKmom
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KKmom
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: none
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: none
I am: n
I have:
MS

See KKmom's full Ropinirole history

Nov 14, 2016 (Started Apr 24, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for RLS (Restless Legs Syndrome))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 3 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
holmesa
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holmesa
Sex: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Off
Mouth/throat: mild
Arms: mild
Chest: moderate
Legs: moderate
I am: vg
I have:
Parkinson's

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Oct 28, 2015 (Started Oct 06, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 8 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Swelling in ankles, Muscle cramps, Pain, Fatigue, Indigestion, Lack of concentration, Swelling in feet, Nausea

Aug 21, 2015 (Started Oct 06, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Binge eating in evening, Swelling in ankles, Swelling in feet, Lack of concentration, Indigestion, Muscle cramps, Nausea, Fatigue, Pain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 8 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Swelling in ankles, Muscle cramps, Pain, Fatigue, Indigestion, Lack of concentration, Swelling in feet, Nausea

May 31, 2015 (Started Oct 06, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Binge eating in evening, Swelling in ankles, Swelling in feet, Lack of concentration, Indigestion, Muscle cramps, Nausea, Fatigue, Pain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 8 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Swelling in ankles, Muscle cramps, Pain, Fatigue, Indigestion, Lack of concentration, Swelling in feet, Nausea

May 5, 2015 (Started Oct 06, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Binge eating in evening, Swelling in ankles, Swelling in feet, Lack of concentration, Indigestion, Muscle cramps, Nausea, Fatigue, Pain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 8 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Swelling in ankles, Muscle cramps, Pain, Fatigue, Indigestion, Lack of concentration, Swelling in feet, Nausea

Apr 13, 2015 (Started Oct 06, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Binge eating in evening, Swelling in ankles, Swelling in feet, Lack of concentration, Indigestion, Muscle cramps, Nausea, Fatigue, Pain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 8 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Swelling in ankles, Muscle cramps, Pain, Fatigue, Indigestion, Lack of concentration, Swelling in feet, Nausea

Mar 19, 2015 (Started Oct 06, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 8 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Swelling in ankles, Muscle cramps, Pain, Fatigue, Indigestion, Lack of concentration, Swelling in feet, Nausea

Mar 4, 2015 (Started Oct 06, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 8 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Swelling in ankles, Muscle cramps, Pain, Fatigue, Indigestion, Lack of concentration, Swelling in feet, Nausea

Jan 19, 2015 (Started Oct 06, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Binge eating in evening, Swelling in ankles, Swelling in feet, Lack of concentration, Indigestion, Muscle cramps, Nausea, Fatigue, Pain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 8 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I am now taking 1x8mg tablet in the morning. Side effects unfortunately include binge eating AGAIN.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Swelling in ankles, Muscle cramps, Pain, Fatigue, Indigestion, Lack of concentration, Swelling in feet, Nausea

Jan 10, 2015 (Started Oct 06, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Binge eating in evening, Swelling in ankles, Swelling in feet, Lack of concentration, Indigestion, Muscle cramps, Nausea, Fatigue, Pain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 8 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Swelling in ankles, Muscle cramps, Pain, Fatigue, Indigestion, Lack of concentration, Swelling in feet, Nausea

Jun 30, 2014 (Started Oct 06, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Binge eating in evening, Swelling in ankles, Swelling in feet, Lack of concentration, Indigestion, Muscle cramps, Nausea, Fatigue, Pain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 8 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Swelling in ankles, Muscle cramps, Pain, Fatigue, Indigestion, Lack of concentration, Swelling in feet, Nausea

Feb 26, 2013 (Started Oct 06, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 8 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Swelling in ankles, Muscle cramps, Pain, Fatigue, Indigestion, Lack of concentration, Swelling in feet, Nausea

Nov 25, 2012 (Started Oct 06, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 8 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Swelling in ankles, Muscle cramps, Pain, Fatigue, Indigestion, Lack of concentration, Swelling in feet, Nausea

Sep 23, 2012 (Started Oct 06, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Binge eating in evening, Swelling in ankles, Swelling in feet, Lack of concentration, Indigestion, Muscle cramps, Nausea, Fatigue, Pain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 8 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I have titrated down from 16mg to 12mg to 8mg to 4mg BUT had to go back to 12mg due to pain, cramp, clawing etc however my binge eating has stopped & my ankles & feet are not swollen.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Swelling in ankles, Muscle cramps, Pain, Fatigue, Indigestion, Lack of concentration, Swelling in feet, Nausea

Mar 22, 2012 (Started Oct 06, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Binge eating in evening, Swelling in ankles, Swelling in feet, Lack of concentration, Indigestion, Muscle cramps, Nausea, Fatigue, Pain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 16 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Swelling in ankles, Muscle cramps, Pain, Fatigue, Indigestion, Lack of concentration, Swelling in feet, Nausea

Dec 10, 2011 (Started Oct 06, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 16 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Swelling in ankles, Muscle cramps, Pain, Fatigue, Indigestion, Lack of concentration, Swelling in feet, Nausea

Nov 22, 2011 (Started Oct 06, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Binge eating in evening, Swelling in ankles, Swelling in feet, Lack of concentration, Indigestion, Muscle cramps, Nausea, Fatigue, Pain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 16 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Swelling in ankles, Muscle cramps, Pain, Fatigue, Indigestion, Lack of concentration, Swelling in feet, Nausea

Sep 28, 2011 (Started Oct 06, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Binge eating in evening, Swelling in ankles, Swelling in feet, Lack of concentration, Indigestion, Muscle cramps, Nausea, Fatigue, Pain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 16 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: It is the mainstay PD treatment. Lowering the dose by 25% caused cramping & tremor.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Swelling in ankles, Muscle cramps, Pain, Fatigue, Indigestion, Lack of concentration, Swelling in feet, Nausea

Aug 15, 2011 (Started Oct 06, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Binge eating in evening, Swelling in ankles, Swelling in feet, Lack of concentration, Indigestion, Muscle cramps, Nausea, Fatigue, Pain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 16 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Difficult to titrate down - possibly due to it being slow-release
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Swelling in ankles, Muscle cramps, Pain, Fatigue, Indigestion, Lack of concentration, Swelling in feet, Nausea

Jun 9, 2009 (Started Oct 06, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Binge eating in evening, Swelling in ankles, Swelling in feet, Indigestion, Muscle cramps, Nausea, Fatigue, Pain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 12 mg Daily
Cost: $50-99 monthly
Side effects: Swelling in ankles, Muscle cramps, Pain, Fatigue, Indigestion, Lack of concentration, Swelling in feet, Nausea

  • 1 helpful mark
babsinfisk
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babsinfisk
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: g
I have:
MS

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Oct 2, 2015 (Started Jul 29, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for RLS (Restless Legs Syndrome))
  • Side effects
    Severe (Indigestion, Excessive yawning, Nausea)
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Advice & Tips: Had to get off of it. side effects were too severe. was taking so many
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Indigestion, Nausea, Excessive yawning

Jul 14, 2012 (Started Jul 29, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Other)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Indigestion, Excessive yawning, Nausea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 0.5 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Indigestion, Nausea, Excessive yawning

Feb 4, 2009 (Started Jul 29, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Other)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Indigestion, Excessive yawning, Nausea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 8 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Indigestion, Nausea, Excessive yawning

Jan 22, 2009 (Started Jul 29, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Other)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Indigestion, Excessive yawning, Nausea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 8 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: It works for me.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Indigestion, Nausea, Excessive yawning

Mar 3, 2008 (Started Jul 29, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Other)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Excessive yawning)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Advice & Tips: I couldn't live without it. I'm wondering if it is becoming less effective tho
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Indigestion, Nausea, Excessive yawning

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