Requip is a dopamine agonist, a drug used to treat certain medical conditions, including Parkinson’s disease as well as restless leg syndrome (RLS). There are two versions, an extended-release variant and an immediate-release drug. The extended-release drug may be used only by patients with Parkinson’s disease. The immediate release drug may be used by patients with either of these two conditions.
How it Works
This drug works by imitating a substance called dopamine, which is normally found in the brain. In some individuals, the levels of dopamine present are abnormal. If there is insufficient dopamine in the brain, the normal transmission of signals between neurons in the brain is hindered. This is what takes place in the case of people with Parkinson’s disease. Requip works by offering a substitute for the lacking dopamine and thus helps to normalize the signal transmission.
Requip is primarily used in the treatment of symptoms exhibited by patients with Parkinson’s disease or RLS. It can only be taken with the prescription of a doctor and should be consumed in precise dosages as instructed.
The dosage required will depend on the condition of the patient and the severity of the symptoms. A doctor will advise on the frequency and quantity of the drug to be taken orally. This should not be altered in any way without a doctor’s permission. These tablets should not be crushed, chewed, or broken.
It may take several weeks for symptoms to improve, but some side effects may present from the commencement of this drug. Minor side effects that you may experience include:
Difficulty passing stool
Contact your doctor if more serious side effects occur, such as:
Worsening symptoms of condition
Twitching or unusual movements
There may be other side effects that are not listed above.
Some individuals are advised against taking Requip. If you smoke, have high or low blood pressure, are suffering from kidney disease, or have experienced heart problems, you should not take Requip. It is also not advised for use by people with sleep disorders like narcolepsy or any conditions that cause daytime drowsiness. Avoid drinking alcohol with the use of this drug.
Some patients may be at higher risk for developing other conditions, so it is important to disclose your complete medical history to your doctor prior to taking Requip. Clarify what symptoms you should be vigilant for and any other dietary and lifestyle restrictions you must adhere to.
Inform your doctor if you know that you are pregnant or if you are breastfeeding. It has not been determined yet whether this medication can affect a child in utero or newborn child. The medication is only prescribed for individuals over the age of 18.
Do not adjust your dosage without explicit instructions from your doctor. Store the medication in a cool and dry place, away from sunlight. You may take Requip with or without food. Avoid suddenly stopping the drug as it may cause withdrawal symptoms. Inform your doctor if the symptoms do not improve after several weeks of use.