Also known as: Repreve, Requip, ReQuip Follow on Pack, Requip Starter Kit, ReQuip Starter Pack, Requip XL
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Requip (ropinirole) for Restless Legs Syndrome: I have had restless legs syndrome for 5 years. I started Requip at 1mg now I am taking 2.5mg. I have had morning sickness everyday. Nothing else works. I am hoping the path will work. I am willing to try anything.
Requip (ropinirole) for Restless Legs Syndrome: All night long one night my legs kept jumping up in the air till I couldn't sleep at keeping my husband up. So I got on Requip 0.25mg take 2 at bed time and I slept all night long, without jumping legs and if I had them I didn't know of them. So far as sleep it helps me also. This is the best thing for me and my legs.
Review by Sleepless in Dallas (taken for 10 years or more):
Requip (ropinirole) for Restless Legs Syndrome: I have had restless legs syndrome for 30 years that I can remember. I have been on Requip for 15 years. Before it was approved for RLS. I was in a clinical trial for it then was able to get a script for it as it was approved for Parkinson's. RLS treatment varies on intensity of it. It only gets worse. I am up do 4 mg a day. The combination of what works is a moving target. I have tried it all. Requip is no longer helping me as it was. Once RLS starts I am screwed in to a night of living hell. I take Ambien to help but that is no longer helping.
Review by Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month):
Requip (ropinirole) for Restless Legs Syndrome: I have had restless legs syndrome for much longer than anyone knew what it was. I was a kid in the 70's getting in trouble for "squirming" at my desk. It tends to act up more with periods of activity. When my wife and I were dating, I was at the gym and riding a bike and I would wake up in the middle of the night and do stretches and anything to try and make the feeling go away. Recently, is has become unbearable again for some reason, it is ten years after the last bad period.
I have tried Lyrica, which did not seem to help, Neurontin - which helped some but was wiping me out with tiredness and I just switched to Mirapex because I couldn't see that 1-2mg a night was doing anything but making me nauseous.
Requip (ropinirole) for Restless Legs Syndrome: I have been taking generic Requip (ropinerole) for about 9 months now for restless legs syndrome and periodic limb movement disorder. My doctor has gradually increased my dose from 0.75 mg a day to 2 mg. It has really helped my PLMD; it doesn't happen anymore. It also helps my RLS. However, my RLS had almost disappeared before I started taking Requip (when I gave up caffeine). The RLS came back when I started taking Requip for the PLMD. Overall, however, I think it has been worth it. I am on a still relatively small dose.
Review by RogerLegDodger (taken for 2 to 5 years):
Requip (ropinirole) for Restless Legs Syndrome: I take 0.75 mg at 6.00pm. This totally relieves restless legs syndrome for me. Side effects are mild but include profound sleepiness and mildly heightened libido (true!) which are somewhat self-defeating. Because Requip is a dopamine agonist it works alongside iron as a co-factor. Therefore, I need to minimise iron-depleting lifestyle factors as well as taking Requip. That means that I can only have de-caffeineated coffee and that I can't drink alcohol.
ropinirole for Restless Legs Syndrome: I've suffered with restless legs syndrome since long before they came out with a name for it. Requip for me has been a wonder and the only side effect I've ever noticed is the drowsiness. But unfortunately it seems like either the symptoms are getting worse with age or else my body is increasingly becoming immune to the medication as for many years now I experience daytime symptoms as bad as night time symptoms and am now up to taking a total of 4mg/day (1mg every 4-6 hrs) and it takes over an hour to produce results after taking during which time I am standing at my desk at work working on my computer. Long drives, movie theaters, seminars and flights are all things I can't do without loading up on the medication beforehand.
Requip (ropinirole) for Restless Legs Syndrome: I began taking Requip when it first came on the market for restless legs syndrome. My symptoms got better for about 6 months, then slowly got worse. As the dosage increased, so did the systems. What began as nightly leg twitching/aches, got so bad I began having anxiety attacks at night. It was very common for me to have an anxiety attack and end up getting up on the computer until about 3am until I couldn't keep my head up anymore (Getting up at 5am for work, I was a walking zombie). Also as the dosage increased, I began having symptoms while sitting at my desk at work and also experienced nightly vomiting/dry heaving. I became suicidal. After 6 yrs I switched to Mirapex. After 5 yrs I'm on minimal dosage with incredible results. I feel human again!
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Review by lbferguson (taken for 10 years or more):
Requip Starter Kit (ropinirole) for Restless Legs Syndrome: I started with the Requip Starter Kit about 14 years ago. I remember this medicine being a life-saver. Without Requip/ropinirole, I would have no life - I can't imagine this medication not working for me any longer. That is something I dread but I have been very, very lucky this medicine saved my quality of life with no side effects!
Requip (ropinirole) for Restless Legs Syndrome: I loved Requip the first 3 months with no side effects. I was on 0.5mg. Then I started to have anxiety attacks, emotional melt downs, fatigued muscles, hot flashes during night time and nausea. I stopped the medicine and all my problems went away unfortunately my RLS came back.
Requip (ropinirole) for Restless Legs Syndrome: I've been on Requip for 5 years. Unfortunately I started having breakthroughs daily. I was then placed on Neurontin along with the Requip. This was successful after upping the Neurontin dosage to a level of 1,200mg daily at bedtime along with 6 mg of the Requip.
ropinirole for Restless Legs Syndrome: I've been taking ropinirole for just over a month. The only side effects I had were nausea after taking the initial dose. I also suffered brief nausea when the doctor doubled my dose after 28 days. I think it is relieving my restless legs syndrome, but so far, it has not alleviated all of the discomfort in my legs. I still suffer from aching legs at night, which I assume is part of the same condition.
Requip (ropinirole) for Restless Legs Syndrome: This somewhat reduced my restless legs syndrome (which occurs every other day and is enough to keep me up at night and be bothersome); however, it gave me insomnia, which came in the form of falling asleep relatively quickly, but I would wake up approximately every two hours in the middle of very vivid dreams. Each time I would wake up, it would take me a good five minutes to realize where exactly I was and that I was semi awake in the middle of a vivid dream; then it would take me a good half hour to fall asleep again and the cycle would repeat. The side effects definitely outweighed the benefits and I stopped using after two nights. Now I'm on Gabapentin, which hopefully will work a bit better for me.
ropinirole for Restless Legs Syndrome: My legs and lower arms would jerk and the most irritating feeling I have ever had. I started out taking 4mg at bedtime and was very effective. Now I have to take 1 tablet 3 times a day. The only side effect I have is after I take a tablet my stomach feels a little sick for about 30 minutes. I have been taking the medication now for over a year.
Requip (ropinirole) for Restless Legs Syndrome: I have had restless legs syndrome since before there was any medicine or before they put a name on it. I called it shaken leg syndrome. Then finally my Dr. put me on Requip as soon as it came out, I went up to 4mg quickly but I had it all over my body, so I went out searching again online and found 'NATURES INVENTORY" they have an oil for RLS and it works for moderate or less. So I use the oil when I'm out and about cause Requip makes me very tired. I only have to take 2mg Requip as long as I use the oil, too. Other side effects with Requip are: Sweating, nausea.. I nibble on my pill over about 2 hours and have no side effects that way... I can't imagine life with out Requip.
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Requip (ropinirole) for Restless Legs Syndrome: Requip was effective, and I thought that I couldn't live without it. HOWEVER, after about 10 years of increasingly disturbing nightmares, one dangerously extreme nightmare made me realize that something was very wrong. After stopping the Requip, problem solved. Now I take one Aleve at one hour before bedtime, and most nights sleep okay. I have heard that some doctors believe that RLS is actually a spinal disc problem, and since I do have a bulge in a lower-back disc, this could be my problem.
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ropinirole for Restless Legs Syndrome: Have had restless legs syndrome for many years and usually was able to "deal" with it but reached a point where it was unbearable. Gabapentin made me very dizzy so my Dr. prescribed Ropinerole, lowest dose. After two weeks I developed horrible side effects, dizziness, feeling I was going to faint, nausea would wake me up at night, my body felt flush and my skin turned reddish. Stopped taking it and still after a week without, am still experiencing these side effects.
Requip (ropinirole) for Restless Legs Syndrome: Requip has been a God send for me. As with any other medication it affects everyone differently. I take it only at bed time because that is the only time it affects me. I do recommend this medicine to all that I know that suffer from restless leg syndrome.
Requip XL (ropinirole) for Parkinson's Disease: Requip has given me 4 years of regained fine motor skills, word retrieval and executive functioning. It has been the only medicine I have taken for my parkinson 's disease. The disease marches on, but I can drive, work with young children and take care of myself. I have been blessed, even though each day I can feel the loss of automaticity and coordination. Requip has caused narcolepsy and visual hallucinations that have been quite unique, not scary!
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