User Reviews for Requip
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Reviews for Requip to treat Restless Legs Syndrome
"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."
Keke66747434 October 17, 2017
0 users found this comment helpful.
"Works better than mirapex"
Elf64 (taken for 5 to 10 years) June 2, 2017
11 users found this comment helpful.
"I've RLS for about 5 years. I was on Nupro for about a year and it worked well until the last month, then it was like it made it worse. I've been on Requip for almost 2 years and have had to up my dose a couple of times. I now take Requip ER in the morning around 11:00am, and take a 2mg pill at 8:00 pm and sleep through most nights."
Visaliaflash (taken for 2 to 5 years) May 25, 2017
12 users found this comment helpful.
"I used for years no longer helping I'm 55 now and never had so bad. See Dr next week.... RLS is worse then back pain I have 2 Rod's in my back"
Bcc61 April 17, 2017
10 users found this comment helpful.
"I was told to take this medication around 5:00 PM. After taking this medicine for a week, I decided that I couldn't take it anymore. It kept me awake and still had restless legs. When I did sleep a little, I had bad dreams and I had repetitive thoughts all throughout the night. It was weird. I cut out caffeine and tried walking more and decided to try it again for a week but no change. I just couldn't take it."
NF (taken for less than 1 month) April 5, 2017
25 users found this comment helpful.
"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)."
AmyWilk February 28, 2017
36 users found this comment helpful.
"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."
Dodieellen January 29, 2017
33 users found this comment helpful.
"I I wanted to give an update as I hadn't started taking Requip on my first post. I had taken 2 doses, and had one episode of RLS the second day. On the 3rd day, I was sitting in the waiting room at the colonoscopy clinic while my husband was in the back. I kept dozing off, and would wake up, looking for my bottle of water, and it was in my purse, sitting in my lap. This happened over 4-5 times. Anyhow, I took another dose that night, which was a Monday. The next day, on the drive home, I was dozing, then woke up, raised up my seat, put my window down a little, reached out and pushed the mirror up! I didn't say anything, put my window back up, and went back to sleep. That was my last dose and I threw the rest of it away."
Texas Mimi January 5, 2017
10 users found this comment helpful.
"Have been taking this for years and it definitely works for me although it makes me very drowsy if I take two 1 mg at a time. In the past 18 months or so my RLS has gradually become more frequent during the day therefore unable to sit in the afternoons or if I'm on holiday particularly in a hot country they are a nightmare. Have recently been to the doctors and got 500mcg and when it's really bad I'm going to try it and see if it helps for during the day. On my last holiday I took one mg about 3 o'clock and it helped but that only left one mg for the evening and this meant it didn't last till morning but to be honest I think I need to up my dose but am scared that my RLS is only going to get worse so don't want up my dose by too much."
EPH October 31, 2016
24 users found this comment helpful.
"It works but it's based on what is in your stomach. If I'm stuffed and ate to much before bed, which can be hours before bed I need 3 mg. Some what full 2mg and if I ate small meals and I take it 2 hours before bed 1mg. Now if I take 1 or 2 mg on an empty stomach I might feel sick. I have gotten home before after work and very hungry and ordered pizza. Took 1 or 2 mg before ordering and felt sick before the pizza even got here. So I the mg's need is based on what's in your stomach. It works great but you can't get take what the Doctor says like 2mg's before bed because it changes. Have the Doctor give you 90 tablets at 1mg and write take 1-3 per night as needed. We'll see if that helps and I feel your pain."
UPS October 24, 2016
31 users found this comment helpful.
"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."
RachelJames (taken for 5 to 10 years) October 11, 2016
51 users found this comment helpful.
"I haven't taken my first dose yet, but hoping it works. My RLS occurs mostly during the day, and at times also includes my arms. Since I have a problem with chronic pain, I'm on Norco 10/325 every 6 hrs, Gabapentin 300-900mgm 3 times a day, and had been on Diazapam (Valium) 5 mgm every 4-6 hrs as needed for muscle spasms. Well, one day I got so desperate that I took one of each of my meds and the symptoms stopped after about 45 minutes! I was so excited as I would often have 3-4 episodes a day, not every day thank goodness! Then, my pain management doctor stopped the Diazapam! Really made it harder to control the RLS when it would start. I finally upped my dose of Gabapentin, which seemed to help. Still need some Diazapam to work."
Texas Mimi (taken for less than 1 month) September 29, 2016
15 users found this comment helpful.
"I have had leg pain for over 5 years now. I have taken tramadol for the pain. I never thought it was restless leg because I never felt like moving my legs, they just ached so bad in the morning when I woke up. my doctor just added requip 2 days ago and it was amazing. I slept past 5am and woke at 8am with NO LEG PAIN and didn't need my 2 tramadol!! unbelievable! I am so excited to possibly cut my tramadol dose down because I was always so tired on tramadol! Im hoping this will work for awhile. My starting dose of requip is .25mg."
K.P August 24, 2016
37 users found this comment helpful.
"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!"
Stacyyvonne (taken for 5 to 10 years) July 10, 2016
55 users found this comment helpful.
"Honestly, I think this has made my symptoms worse."
Vamah May 24, 2016
22 users found this comment helpful.
"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."
daisygirlfp (taken for 6 months to 1 year) May 14, 2016
69 users found this comment helpful.
"I am 44 and started taking Requip 1 mg on 4/06/2016 and it has been absolutely wonderful. My quality of life was so poor prior to this and wasn't getting but 2 hours of sleep a night...if that. I call it my miracle drug. I haven't had any side effects. The Doctor put me on it because I have a sleep study coming up and the last time I went to the sleep study, I didn't sleep. I was surprised that it worked for me the first night I took it."
Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month) April 13, 2016
35 users found this comment helpful.
"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!"
Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 6, 2016
39 users found this comment helpful.
"After years of suffering with RLS, and two especially bad nights, I finally went to the doctor and he prescribed Requip. Last night was my first night taking it and it did work. It made me extremely nauseated and gave me a massive headache, and I woke up every couple of hours. The third time I woke up, I took a diphenhydramine sleeping pill. That is important to know because generally a sleeping pill would send the RLS through the roof, affecting even my arms. No RLS symptoms after I took the sleeping pill. My head still hurts and I'm still a little nauseated, but my legs are not bothering me. Since it did cause a massive headache, I will try using it only when the RLS is active, and see if that works better for me."
Texas Lady (taken for less than 1 month) February 18, 2016
25 users found this comment helpful.
"I have had RLS since I was 14. I am now 42. RLS is a miserable existence. An annoyance beyond belief. I have gone with no sleep for 3 days at a time more than once because of my legs, or legs and arms, or even knees and a shoulder joining in to laugh at me. I have been on Mirapex most of my adult life at 1 mg being told I could take 2 on bad nights and it worked most nights, but most of my adult life I have taken Mirapex 1 mg, gabapentin 300 mg, trazadone 50 mg, and 1Tylenol #3 Every night.....just to go to sleep. And it took all of that just to go to sleep. A doctor might look at you like your nuts if you ask for all that but I'm telling you it will work. I moved and my new Dr decided to take my Mirapex away and try me on requip.. Fail.."
Restlesslegisakiller December 31, 2015
25 users found this comment helpful.
"Have been taking Requip for 6 months. You have to be careful not to exceed recommended dosage and keep it as low as possible. It will or won't work for you, don't get impatient and take more shortly after first dose. I am lucky in that I do not get the vomiting/stomach issues. But you can almost time it to the minute, I start to cough, my nose feels like it is swollen inside and no air can get thru. Draining in to the throat makes the cough much worse. 2 1/2 to 3 hrs later-all better. Higher doses ( 2mg) make it much worse. However it still beats RLS without a doubt!!"
Sneeze & Weeze December 25, 2015
40 users found this comment helpful.
"I was taking amitriptaline for years, but started losing memory, then I started losing time. With alzheimer's strong in family history, I had to make a change to my medication. I tried horizant, 300mg for a while, then bumped up the mg to 600/night. It still wasn't helping. My legs got worse & worse. I was taking benedryl just to sleep & some times even that didn't work. Fed up of crying & writhing in pain, I called my Dr who put me back on requip. 3mg to start. It was terrible! ! Incredible nausea, vomiting, sweats, syncope.... worst night of my life! I thought I was going to die! ! Luckily, my fiance is a medical assistant, otherwise....I probably wouldn't be able to write this."
Nicole L. December 5, 2015
21 users found this comment helpful.
"I have tried several different medications over the past years. Some work at first, but later stop. Some have horrible side effects or just are not effective. I have found that requip extended release works nearly all the time for me. I have to set a reminder on my phone and take it (2mg) at 4:15pm. Regular (not ext release) requip made me nauseous."
Sjcarr (taken for 1 to 2 years) November 20, 2015
23 users found this comment helpful.
"Requip was life changing for a year! But like others have commented, my RLS has been getting a lot worse. I have discovered that this is a rather common side effect of this drug. Before requip I used to have 3-4 bad nights a week. Now if I don't have access to the medication I don't sleep at all, and the medication is working less and less. I don't know if it has been worth it."
MoMilla (taken for 1 to 2 years) November 20, 2015
24 users found this comment helpful.
"Was on Clonazepam 1 mg as needed. Doctor found out that it causes Alzheimer and dementia so they took me off it. I tried Requip but it made me feel crappy. When I stood still I felt like I was going to fall, I completely lost my appetite, and other things."
msteeq1979 November 3, 2015
19 users found this comment helpful.
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