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User Reviews for Requip to treat Restless Legs Syndrome

Requip has an average rating of 6.4 out of 10 from a total of 91 ratings for the treatment of Restless Legs Syndrome. 52% of reviewers reported a positive effect, while 27% reported a negative effect.

Requip Rating Summary

6.4/10 average rating

91 ratings from 98 user reviews.

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Reviews for Requip

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

“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

“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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Keke66747434 October 17, 2017

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

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

“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

“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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AmyWilk February 28, 2017

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

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

“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!”

1 / 10
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maceykay · Taken for 1 to 6 months February 20, 2013

“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.”

8 / 10
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Dodieellen January 29, 2017

“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.”

10 / 10
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JanNurse · Taken for 2 to 5 years March 22, 2015

“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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Angie 646 December 20, 2013

“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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rainysundae February 28, 2015

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

“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!”

10 / 10
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Buckwheat80 · Taken for 1 to 6 months January 23, 2019

“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.”

1 / 10
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Worldly Patriot April 7, 2008

“I have moderate-to-severe Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS). I take 1 or 1.5 mg of REQUIP nightly. It is 100% effective in eliminating all symptoms of RLS. I have no side-effects. It has been a miracle drug for me. I also want to say Mirapex (pramipexole) was also 100% effective for me, with no side-effects.”

10 / 10
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kakeladi August 24, 2013

“I have had restless legs for over 50 years. It started when I was expecting my 1st daughter. I was told it was common in pregnant women but mine has NEVER let up - in fact has gotten worst over the years. I tried drinking quinine water until that was banned, it helped some but not much. I also 'held up the wall' with stretching exercises. I started taking ropinirole about 10 yrs on the advice of another person who called herself 'the queen of restless legs', I was given 1mg and told I should start taking 1/2 pill per day, increasing it weekly until I got 'results' - that one could take as many as 8 pills per day! Well, the 1/2 pill worked just fine for several years - I now take 1 to 2 per day depending.”

7 / 10
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UPS October 24, 2016

“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.”

8 / 10
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Shortbets · Taken for 10 years or more August 31, 2019

“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.”

10 / 10
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K.P August 24, 2016

“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.”

10 / 10
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Sneeze & Weeze December 25, 2015

“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!!”

10 / 10
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blake0123 February 21, 2015

“Let me first start by saying that Requip did work very well to control my restless legs syndrome. (I have terrible uncontrollable leg movement/pain). However the side effects of the HIGHER dosage made me very sick. Approximately one hour before bedtime I had taken the pill. I began to feel extremely nauseous, excruciating stomach cramps, chills, and my head started spinning. I could barely make it to the bathroom where I immediately threw up. I found relief soon thereafter from the side effects. I continued having a mild stomach ache about 4 hours later. Requip should definitely be taken by the smaller dosage at first. Then move up gradually when you feel that the dosage isn't covering all your pains. I take Requip daily and have for 10 years for my RLS. Feel better!”

10 / 10
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Sleepless in Dallas · Taken for 10 years or more February 16, 2013

“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. ”

7 / 10
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lbferguson September 2, 2008

“I have been on Requip for over a year now and it is a God-send. Requip has saved my life. I don't have any of the side effects (sleepiness, etc.) associated with Requip, thank goodness, but it does let me sleep at night. I asked my doctor to prescribe it for me and she had never heard of Requip until I told her about it. Surprise! I will be on Requip forever until science figures out what causes RLS. I highly recommend Requip to anybody who has RLS. Side effects for me - none whatsoever, just a good night's sleep for a change.”

10 / 10
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