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 1,127 781
Restless legs syndrome 330 155
Restless feeling in legs 256 103
Stiffness/Spasticity 50 45
Tremor(s) 30 42
Periodic limb movement disorder 20 7

Show all 92 reasons taken


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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 158
Moderate 248
Mild 317
None 320

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Ropinirole

Side effect Patients
Nausea 94
Daytime sleepiness 87
Fatigue 54
Tiredness 35
Swelling in feet 31
Swelling in ankles 27

Show all 264 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Ropinirole

Dosage Patients
1 mg daily 20
2 mg daily 20
8 mg daily 16
12 mg daily 12
1 mg three times daily 11
3 mg daily 11
0.5 mg daily 10
6 mg daily 10
1 mg twice daily 7
2 mg twice daily 7

See all 51 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Ropinirole

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 279
Doctor's advice 152
Did not seem to work 146
Other 82
Expense 22
Personal research 18
Course of treatment ended 15
Change in health plan coverage 10
See all 552 patients who've stopped taking Ropinirole

Duration

Currently taking Ropinirole

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 8
6 months - 1 year 14
1 - 2 years 23
2 - 5 years 73
5 - 10 years 81
10 years or more 36

Stopped taking Ropinirole

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 88
1 - 6 months 166
6 months - 1 year 94
1 - 2 years 92
2 - 5 years 98
5 - 10 years 37
10 years or more 4
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 850
Usually 132
Sometimes 26
Never taken as prescribed 35
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 48
Somewhat hard to take 104
A little hard to take 170
Not at all hard to take 721
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 50
$100-199 22
$50-99 73
$25-49 114
< $25 462
Not specified 322

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Ropinirole after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Pramipexole (Mirapex) 19
Rotigotine (Neupro Patch) 11
Carbidopa-Levodopa (Sinemet) 6
Amantadine (Symmetrel) 5
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 5

Show all 14 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Ropinirole and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Carbidopa-Levodopa (Sinemet) 26
Pramipexole (Mirapex) 14
Rotigotine (Neupro Patch) 12
Amantadine (Symmetrel) 3
Carbidopa-Entacapone-Levodopa (Stalevo) 3

Show all 20 treatments patients report switching to

Last updated:

111 patient evaluations for Ropinirole

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

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

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: Problems concentrating, Swelling in ankles, Muscle cramps, Pain, Fatigue, Indigestion, Swelling in feet, Nausea

Aug 21, 2015 (Started Oct 06, 2004)

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

May 31, 2015 (Started Oct 06, 2004)

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

May 5, 2015 (Started Oct 06, 2004)

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

Apr 13, 2015 (Started Oct 06, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Problems concentrating, 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: 8 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Problems concentrating, Swelling in ankles, Muscle cramps, Pain, Fatigue, Indigestion, 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: Problems concentrating, Swelling in ankles, Muscle cramps, Pain, Fatigue, Indigestion, 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: Problems concentrating, Swelling in ankles, Muscle cramps, Pain, Fatigue, Indigestion, Swelling in feet, Nausea

Jan 19, 2015 (Started Oct 06, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Problems concentrating, 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: 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: Problems concentrating, Swelling in ankles, Muscle cramps, Pain, Fatigue, Indigestion, Swelling in feet, Nausea

Jan 10, 2015 (Started Oct 06, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Problems concentrating, 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: 8 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Problems concentrating, Swelling in ankles, Muscle cramps, Pain, Fatigue, Indigestion, Swelling in feet, Nausea

Jun 30, 2014 (Started Oct 06, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Problems concentrating, 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: 8 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Problems concentrating, Swelling in ankles, Muscle cramps, Pain, Fatigue, Indigestion, 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: Problems concentrating, Swelling in ankles, Muscle cramps, Pain, Fatigue, Indigestion, 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: Problems concentrating, Swelling in ankles, Muscle cramps, Pain, Fatigue, Indigestion, Swelling in feet, Nausea

Sep 23, 2012 (Started Oct 06, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Problems concentrating, 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: 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: Problems concentrating, Swelling in ankles, Muscle cramps, Pain, Fatigue, Indigestion, Swelling in feet, Nausea

Mar 22, 2012 (Started Oct 06, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Problems concentrating, 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: 16 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Problems concentrating, Swelling in ankles, Muscle cramps, Pain, Fatigue, Indigestion, 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: Problems concentrating, Swelling in ankles, Muscle cramps, Pain, Fatigue, Indigestion, Swelling in feet, Nausea

Nov 22, 2011 (Started Oct 06, 2004)

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

Sep 28, 2011 (Started Oct 06, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Problems concentrating, 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: 16 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: It is the mainstay PD treatment. Lowering the dose by 25% caused cramping & tremor.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Problems concentrating, Swelling in ankles, Muscle cramps, Pain, Fatigue, Indigestion, Swelling in feet, Nausea

Aug 15, 2011 (Started Oct 06, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Problems concentrating, 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: 16 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Difficult to titrate down - possibly due to it being slow-release
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Problems concentrating, Swelling in ankles, Muscle cramps, Pain, Fatigue, Indigestion, 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: Problems concentrating, Swelling in ankles, Muscle cramps, Pain, Fatigue, Indigestion, Swelling in feet, Nausea

  • 1 helpful mark
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