Requip-XL Dosage

Generic name: ropinirole hydrochloride
Dosage form: tablet, film coated, extended release

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General Dosing Considerations

REQUIP XL extended-release tablets are taken once daily, with or without food. Taking REQUIP XL with food may reduce the occurrence of nausea; this has not been established in controlled clinical trials [see Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)].
Tablets must be swallowed whole and must not be chewed, crushed, or divided.
If a significant interruption in therapy with REQUIP XL has occurred, retitration of therapy may be warranted.

Dosing for Parkinson’s Disease

The starting dose is 2 mg taken once daily for 1 to 2 weeks, followed by increases of 2 mg/day at 1-week or longer intervals as appropriate, depending on therapeutic response and tolerability, up to a maximally recommended dose of 24 mg/day.

In clinical trials, dosage was initiated at 2 mg/day and gradually titrated based on individual therapeutic response and tolerability. Doses greater than 24 mg/day have not been studied in clinical trials. Patients should be assessed for therapeutic response and tolerability at a minimal interval of 1 week or longer after each dose increment. Caution should be exercised during dose titration because too rapid a rate of titration may lead to dose selection that may not provide additional benefit, but that may increase the risk of adverse reactions [see Clinical Studies (14.2)]. Due to the flexible dosing design used in clinical studies, specific dose response information could not be determined.

When REQUIP XL is administered as adjunct therapy to L-dopa, the concurrent dose of L-dopa may be decreased gradually as tolerated. In the placebo-controlled advanced Parkinson’s disease study, the L-dopa dose was reduced once patients reached a dose of REQUIP XL of 8 mg/day. Overall, L-dopa dose reduction was sustained in 93% of patients treated with REQUIP XL and in 72% of patients on placebo. On average the L-dopa dose was reduced by 34% in patients treated with REQUIP XL [see Clinical Studies (14)].

REQUIP XL should be discontinued gradually over a 7-day period.

Switching From Immediate-Release Ropinirole Tablets to REQUIP XL

Patients may be switched directly from immediate-release ropinirole to REQUIP XL tablets. The initial dose of REQUIP XL should most closely match the total daily dose of the immediate-release formulation of REQUIP, as shown in Table 1.

Table 1. Conversion from Immediate-Release REQUIP to REQUIP XL

Immediate-Release Ropinirole Tablets

Total Daily Dose (mg)

REQUIP XL Tablets

Total Daily Dose (mg)

0.75 to 2.25

2

3 to 4.5

4

6

6

7.5 to 9

8

12

12

15 to 18

16

21

20

24

24

Following conversion to REQUIP XL, the dose may be adjusted depending on therapeutic response and tolerability[see Dosage and Administration (2.2)].

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