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User Reviews for Ropinirole to treat Restless Legs Syndrome

Also known as: Requip, Requip XL, ReQuip Starter Pack, ReQuip Follow on Pack, Requip Starter Kit

Ropinirole has an average rating of 6.6 out of 10 from a total of 234 ratings for the treatment of Restless Legs Syndrome. 51% of those users who reviewed Ropinirole reported a positive effect, while 24% reported a negative effect.

Ropinirole Rating Summary

6.6/10 average rating

234 ratings from 255 user reviews.

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Reviews for Ropinirole

Mrs008 April 16, 2021

“I started having RLS when my husband was terminally ill. I noticed it was worse after days I stood bedside on hard tile floors. Thought my symptoms and inability to sleep was stress. After he passed they actually became worse — my shoulders and arms jerked for no reason. Dr started me on .25 mg and am now up to 1 mg/hour before bed. I occasionally still have symptoms. When that occurs I take an additional half tablet and that seems to help.”

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Grandma · Taken for 10 years or more March 4, 2021

“I have been on ropinirole for years for RLS. I started out with one tablet 1 mg at bedtime, but over the years it wasn't enough. So my doctor had me take one around 6:00PM and again at bedtime. Helped some, but eventually I now take. 1 at noon, 1 at 6:00pm and 2 at bedtime. Only way to control it now. I really don't like taking that much but have no choice. Doctor tried me on pramipexole .125 mg. One a day at bedtime this last year, but It did nothing. So I am back to Ropinirole. Couldn't survive if I didn't have it. Anyone that has RLS understands what I mean. My Mom had it for years and I couldn't understand what she was feeling, but believe me I do now.”

10 / 10
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Shaya · Taken for 1 to 6 months February 15, 2021

“I have had RLS for about 15 years. I was taking ropinirole .025 at bed time helped for few years. That dose didn't help so My doctor said I am going through augmentation. Now am on 1 mg nights, was great for few months same thing happened! (Augmentation). Let me tell you, I am suffering as I write this comment. I can't sleep. I can't concentrate, is the worse feeling ever. What should I do to get some relief?”

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Shabbycat · Taken for 1 to 6 months April 16, 2020

Requip (ropinirole): “I have had RLS for over 40 years. I have taken every single drug available. I took requip when it was first being used for RLS. It worked a charm. With some crazy side effects. I had to stop it after 6 months because it started to give me rebound RLS. Now if I take a Requip I will have horrible RLS. I started taking opiates for it. From my neuro who told me I had the worst case he had seen. I have it all over. I have been suicidal. I have been miserable almost all my life. It isn’t fair to force someone with a terrible medical condition to live. Well now I take Methadone. 140 mg everyday. I no longer have ANY RLS symptoms. Yes it made me gain weight but I don’t care. I live without any RLS symptoms and that is all I care about. I would never give up this medication. If I am ever forced off that will be the end of the road for me. I can’t go back to not sleeping for weeks at a time. I used to be lucky if I feel asleep for an hour a day.”

6 / 10
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daisygirlfp · Taken for 6 months to 1 year May 14, 2016

Requip (ropinirole): “I had been on generic ropinirole for months and because it was so effective I tolerated severe nausea, nasal congestion, hiccups and flushing because I was desperate to sleep. When I talked to my neuro he had me switch to name brand based on side effects and it was so bizarre. The drug works great and with zero side effects. He said the dosing range that generics are allowed to meet is much too large for some of the neurology drugs and because pharmacy plans frequently switch which generic manufacturer they use it is impossible to avoid dosage problems as well. The issue for me was also one of side effects from additives that were not in brand Requip but were in the generic. Hope this helps someone.”

9 / 10
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Hami13 · Taken for 1 to 2 years November 18, 2019

“After 18 with RLS, I visited a doctor and got a formal diagnosis and medication. 0.25Mg Ropinirole (worked like a miracle cure initially) and building up to 2Mg after 2 months. started 2Mg and twice within 5 days I had collapsed/passed out/fainted. Therefore I am now on 0.5Mg twice a day - dinner and bedtime. It is hit and miss - two reasonable sleeps per week - 5 awful evenings and nights. Can't sleep during the afternoon any longer as RLS dominates my legs almost immediately when lying down. Progressive syndrome (RLS) and for life possibly and building a tolerance to Ropinirole - you wonder where this will go next / end up! All my sympathies for those out there with RLS - it is so unknown/misunderstood.”

7 / 10
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Dee · Taken for 10 years or more August 5, 2020

Requip (ropinirole): “I have been taking Requip for probably 15 years for RLS, then I was moved up to requip XL and I've been taking that just fine for probably another 8 years. And if you have restless leg syndrome do you know what I'm talking about there's no such thing as sleep you just can't. I would rather go without my heart medication and have a heart attack than get no sleep and have a heart attack. Because my requip works I have to have the brand name. The ropinirole makes me very sick sick to my stomach I threw all my pills up and that doesn't do any good. It also makes me sick to my stomach and nauseous all day I don't want that either. So for the last four months I have been trying to refill my requip and nobody seems to have it. Did they stop making the real thing? Please tell me they did not stop making requip and all they have is ropinirole. It would be the end of me I cannot find the real thing. I need the real thing!”

10 / 10
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Keke66747434 October 17, 2017

Requip (ropinirole): “Don’t take this for RLS. It causes augmentation. Symptoms get better in the beginning, then eventually you need more Requip to make RLS go away. Eventually, the meds stop working altogether and RLS is out of control, worse than before you stated meds. You try to come off the meds and RLS gets even worse. This is very common and occurs in 70-80% of everyone on Requip. Your doctor will likely not understand and/or think you’re crazy. Find another doctor. The solution is to get off the dopamine drugs like Requip. Get on a different class of meds, like Gabapentin, Horizant, or Lyrica. Checkout RLS.org for help.”

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happylegs · Taken for less than 1 month July 7, 2015

Requip (ropinirole): “I'm 34 and have had restless legs since I was a child. It's the most irritating thing. I do not get a good night's because of it and I practically always wake up in a bad mood. My doctor prescribed requip (generic) and was specific to tell me to gradually up the dose. I started with .25 mg last night and will again tonight, then .50 for the next week and another slight increase. I'm hoping that's what will help me avoid the sickness. Because once I read some of the reviews, I was pretty scared to take it. So...I took it last night and I slept better than I have in a long time. I could literally feel my body relax and I barely moved all night, which never happens! I woke up in a good mood, well rested and not groggy! I'm so thrilled!”

10 / 10
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RachelJames · Taken for 5 to 10 years October 11, 2016

Requip (ropinirole): “At first this medication seemed like a life saver. After time I began to augment and I would have to take more and more of the drug earlier in the day. It caused all kinds of side effects from yawning to compulsive shopping. I gained about 40 lbs and my blood pressure went through the roof. After being on this prescription for several years, it was horrendous to get off of. It has taken almost a year to finally say I am totally free of the DA's (dopamine agonists). I will never, ever take one of these classes of drugs again. The side effects, withdrawal and effect on overall health is not worth it.”

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eltell · Taken for 2 to 5 years December 31, 2013

Requip (ropinirole): “I am now in my 70's and have suffered restless legs all my adult life. My Doctor referred me to a neurologist 4 years ago who tried me on Ropinirole starting on a low dose of 1mg each night gradually building up to 5mg daily. It took me over a year to get over nausea and adjusting my dosage to get the desired result. I now take a 1mg tablet with each meal and 2 before bed making a total of 5mg daily and I no longer suffer from restless legs, totally gone! I have no side effects at all. ”

10 / 10
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AmyWilk February 28, 2017

Requip (ropinirole): “I have autoimmune issues, no thyroid and RLS started for me about a year before a thyroid cancer diagnosis. The RLS was so severe I literally asked my husband to hide the guns in the house because I was that miserable (along w other side effects from the cancer treatment). I was referred to a sleep neuro and was started on 2 mg of Requip. This drug I believe has changed and saved my life. Literally. I went without a dose for the first time last night because I didn't make it to the pharmacy in time for my refill. Well I had zero sleep last night. Waiting for the drug store to open this morning because I am still experiencing severe symptoms at 6:00 am. I learned my symptoms are less when my diet is healthy (low or no carb is best).”

10 / 10
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Stacyyvonne · Taken for 5 to 10 years July 10, 2016

Requip (ropinirole): “I have had Severe Refractory Full Body RLS for 10 years. My symptoms are 24/7 without medication. I was prescribed Requip and it was the one of the worst nights of my life! I was terribly nauseous and vomited all night. But even worse than that was the fact that it made my RLS much worse. I had the same results with Mirapex. My doctor tried me on several other meds. None of them worked and some made the RLS worse like the Requip and Mirapex did. I ended up hurting my shoulder pretty badly and my doctor prescribed Tramadol. Low and behold once it got into my system the RLS was gone! I've been taking the Tramadol every 6 hours for 9 years now and am still symptom free and doing great!”

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sick about side effects · Taken for 10 years or more May 27, 2020

“I started taking Ropinirole about 15 years ago. I never received any warnings about side effects from my doctor. Within a year, I resigned from a business I worked 24/7 for 30 years to build. I never played cards or gambled while in Las Vegas. As my dose increased from two 1mg to four 1 mg I began trading stocks like I knew what I was doing. I traded over 100,000 shares of stock a year. A couple of years later, I started reading the side effects for all my meds very closely. After reading about compulsive behavior I tried taking a few different medications, sadly, nothing worked like Ropinirole. After learning how it affected me, I still found it hard to stop being so compulsive. This morning I was looking for any new substitutes for Ropinirole, then thought I needed to write this review.”

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Veryvancouver · Taken for 2 to 5 years June 3, 2020

“I am an 80 yr old woman who has had RLS since the birth of my first child 57 years ago. I have taken many drugs over the years. Currently I am taking 1200MG of gabapentin and 2MG of Ropinerole. It works great, but I have noticed a weight gain over the past few months. I have gone from 150 lbs to just over 170. I want to lose some of this weight, and have tried cutting back on what I eat, but the weight keeps going up. I contacted by neurologist, but he just says to keep on like I am. Maybe start taking some magnesium in place of some of the gabapentin. Has anyone else had a weight gain like this. I am experiencing edema in my legs.”

10 / 10
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PB November 14, 2019

“I have had RLS for 35 years and have taken Ropinerole for 15 years. Today I am one week Ropinerole free. A reviewer here says 'started on 2mg ropinerole and vomiting'. Ropinerole should be started on the lowest dose, around .25mg and slowly titrated upwards and taken with food to reduce nausea. To start on 2mg is madness. The official guideline is that max daily dose for ropinerole is 4mg but many RLS experts (John Hopkings, Mayo Clinic, etc) say experience shows this is just asking for augmentation and the max daily dose should be no more than 1mg. Because of augmentation I knew I had to get off the ropinerole and was afraid of the withdrawals. I was on 5mg daily and It took a year slowly weaning. Ropinerole can seem like a wonder drug but it has a high rate of augmentation. ”

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Bob · Taken for 1 to 6 months November 9, 2019

“Doc suggested Ropinirole .25mg for RLS I take two each evening 2 hr before bed. From day one it has been terrific. I have read some of the side effects, but I have had none, just an elimination of the RLS and a great night sleep.”

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maceykay · Taken for 1 to 6 months February 20, 2013

Requip (ropinirole): “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.”

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Betsey February 8, 2019

“I’ve had restless leg syndrome for about 30 years guessing!! Tried a lot of products but ropinrole seems to be the top of the list §!! My legs starts moving around 8pm most of the time if I’m watching tv or sitting down I have to get up and move I started with 0.25 twice a day now I’m on 1 mg!! Since last year not a year yet!! They were working wonderful but now and then they seem to be moving again. It gets so discouraging sometimes !! Soon I will check with my doctor. I may have to up it again a little !! The worst sometime I get weird dreams not pleasant at all but not all the time. I also get nausea but when I lie down it seems to pass off!! I take ginger chews seems to help !! Hope this helps someone !! Hope there is a cure for this sometime in the future !! I am 64 yrears old I would not be able to do without ropinrole or I would be up all night long !! Thank you!! For allowing me to share!!! ”

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Dodieellen January 29, 2017

Requip (ropinirole): “I had restless legs almost every night. I dreaded to go to bed because I knew I would be in misery.I started taking requip my dr. recommended and wrote a RX for. I have never had restless legs once after starting it. I am so thankful I have this medication.”

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lilredred · Taken for 2 to 5 years October 20, 2020

Requip (ropinirole): “I took Requip for RLS 3 years and found that it was messing with my emotions. For the longest time I didn't know that the med was causing it. Then I quit taking it for a week and discovered it. So I change to something else”

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JanNurse · Taken for 2 to 5 years March 22, 2015

Requip (ropinirole): “I started Requip 1 mg at bedtime. It worked great for 3-4 months. My Dr increased the dosage so I now take 3 mg at bedtime. Again, it worked great for a few months, and then the symptoms reappeared. The Requip is better than nothing, but I was up pacing the floors when I should have been sleeping. My husband suggested acupuncture, and that has made a huge difference. I take the Requip 3 mg with 3 saltines to prevent nausea and vomiting. I have an acupuncture treatment every 2 weeks, and no problems when I go to bed.”

6 / 10
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rainysundae February 28, 2015

Requip (ropinirole): “I have had restless legs syndrome for 20 years or so now. I have been taking Requip for almost the entire time it was diagnosed and I have a severe case. In the past few months, I have experienced some nausea, dizziness, pain and tiredness after my first dose in the morning. I did not realize this could be a side-effect of the medication. I take 4mg. 3Xday, if I did not, I would never sleep, sit through a movie or be able to focus on work. I will put up with the side-effects.”

8 / 10
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Angie 646 December 20, 2013

Requip (ropinirole): “I am on 6mg of the 24hour release ropinirole and I think I've found the solution. I take 2mg in the afternoon then 4mg an hour before bed and after living with restless legs syndrome for 45 years driving me insane for many years I actually think I may have found the solution, highly recommended.”

9 / 10
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Shortbets · Taken for 10 years or more August 31, 2019

Requip (ropinirole): “Wonderful.. especially the extend release. Generic makes me deathly nauseous. Requip is a miracle. Have had RLS since 10yo. I am 63. Wocart stopped making generic that did not make me sick. Had to go to the brand name. Made me sick first 2 nights. Now the miracle for me.”

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Anonymous · Taken for 1 to 6 months March 6, 2016

Requip (ropinirole): “Been on requip for about a month now, I know when I forget to take it. I sleep soundly and have no side effects. I waited years before asking my doctor for help! What was I thinking?!? My insomnia is all but gone as well! Ty requip!”

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Buckwheat80 · Taken for 1 to 6 months January 23, 2019

Requip (ropinirole): “Didn’t notice a change in RLS, but after trying at 0.5mg a few different times I noticed it was causing terrible depression. Every time I try it the depression hits me the next day and gets worse. Maybe it’ll go away after awhile, but I’m not waiting! The depression it gave me was terrible.”

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Mfin February 14, 2021

Requip (ropinirole): “My wife has been taking this medicine for 3 years. She has been a life long devout church going Christian. She developed an uncontrolled secret online gambling addiction that has likely caused us to lose our home just when we were fixing to pay it off. Destroyed our good credit rating, repossessions, etc. When I finally found out we had occurred $1800 in overdraft fees in only 4 weeks. She gambled my entire paycheck week after and fell behind on the mortgage for MANY months with huge late fees attached and developed an awesome way to hide the addiction for a long time which made the financial destruction larger than imaginable. She kept gambling anyway in hopes of eventually winning enough to fix the disaster this medicine created hoping to fix it and I would never know. Doctors and Pharmacists need to make it a priority to council the patient about Requip and plainly asked FREQUENTLY if the patient has found themselves gambling to help stop it before it destroys families.”

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