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RAPONER XL 6MG PROLONGED-RELEASE TABLETS

Active substance(s): ROPINIROLE HYDROCHLORIDE

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Raponer XL 2mg, 3mg, 4mg, 6mg and 8mg
Prolonged-release Tablets
Ropinirole

Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this
medicine because it contains important information for you.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or
pharmacist.
•  This medicine has been prescribed for you only. Do not pass it
on to others. It may harm them, even if their signs of illness are
the same as yours.
• If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
This may include any possible side effects not listed in this
leaflet.
• The full name of this medicine is Raponer XL 2mg, 3mg, 4mg,
6mg and 8mg Prolonged-release Tablets but within the leaflet it
will be referred to as Raponer XL tablets.

Other medicines and Raponer XL tablets

Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently
taken or might take any other medicines, including medicines
obtained without a prescription. Also remember to tell your doctor or
pharmacist if you begin taking a new medicine while you are taking
Raponer XL tablets.

What is in this leaflet:

Some medicines can affect the way Raponer XL tablets works, or make
it more likely that you will have side effects. Raponer XL tablets can
also affect the way some other medicines work.
These include:
• the anti-depressant fluvoxamine
• medication for other mental health problems, for example sulpiride
• HRT (hormone replacement therapy)
• metoclopramide, which is used to treat nausea and heartburn
• the antibiotics ciprofloxacin or enoxacin
• any other medicine for Parkinson’s disease.
Tell your doctor if you are taking, or have recently taken, any of these.

1 What Raponer XL tablets are and what they are used

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What you need to know before you take
How to take
Possible side effects
How to store
Contents of the pack and other information

1 What Raponer XL tablets are and what they are used

for

The active ingredient in Raponer XL tablets is ropinirole, which
belongs to a group of medicines called dopamine agonists. Dopamine
agonists affect the brain in a similar way to a natural substance called
dopamine.
Raponer XL prolonged-release tablets are used to treat Parkinson’s
disease. People with Parkinson’s disease have low levels of dopamine
in some parts of their brains. Ropinirole has effects similar to those of
natural dopamine, so it helps to reduce the symptoms of Parkinson’s
disease.

2 What you need to know before you take

Do not take Raponer XL tablets if you:

• are allergic (hypersensitive) to ropinirole or any of the other
ingredients of this medicine (listed in section 6)
• have a serious kidney disease
• have a liver disease
Tell your doctor if you think any of these may apply to you.

Warnings and precautions
Take special care with Raponer XL tablets if you:
• are pregnant or think you may be pregnant
• are breast-feeding
• are under 18 years old
• have a serious heart complaint
• have a serious mental health problem
• have an intolerance to some sugars (such as lactose).
Tell your doctor if you think any of these may apply to you. Your doctor
may decide that Raponer XL is not suitable for you, or that you need
extra check-ups while you are taking it.

While you are taking Raponer XL tablets

Tell your doctor if you or your family/carer notices that you are
developing urges or cravings to behave in ways that are unusual for
you and you cannot resist the impulse, drive or temptation to carry
out certain activities that could harm yourself or others. These are
called impulse control disorders and can include behaviours such as
addictive gambling, excessive eating or spending, an abnormally high
sex drive or an increase in sexual thoughts or feelings. Your doctor may
need to adjust or stop your dose.

Smoking and Raponer XL tablets

Tell your doctor if you start smoking, or give up smoking, while you are
taking Raponer XL tablets. Your doctor may need to adjust your dose.

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You can take Raponer XL tablets with or without food, as you prefer.
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or
are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice
before taking this medicine.
Raponer XL tablets is not recommended if you are pregnant, unless
your doctor advises that the benefit to you of taking Raponer XL
tablets is greater than the risk to your unborn baby.
Your doctor will also advise you if you are breast-feeding or planning
to do so. Raponer XL is not recommended if you are breast-feeding, as
it can affect your milk production. Your doctor may advise you to stop
taking Raponer XL tablets.

Driving and using machines

Raponer XL tablets can make you feel drowsy. It can make people
feel extremely sleepy, and it sometimes makes people fall asleep very
suddenly without warning.
If you could be affected: do not drive, do not operate machines and do
not put yourself in any situation where feeling sleepy or falling asleep
could put you (or other people) at risk of serious injury or death. Do
not take part in these activities until you are no longer affected.

Raponer XL tablets contain lactose and castor oil

Raponer XL prolonged-release tablets contain a type of sugar
called lactose. If you have been told by your doctor that you have
an intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor before taking
Raponer XL tablets.
Raponer XL prolonged-release tablets contain castor oil. May cause
stomach upset and diarrhoea.

3 How to take
Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has
told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.

Use in children and adolescents

Do not give Raponer XL tablets to children. Raponer XL tablets is not
normally prescribed for people under 18 years of age.
You may be given Raponer XL tablets on its own to treat the
symptoms of your Parkinson’s disease. You may also be given Raponer
XL tablets with another medicine called L-dopa (also called levodopa).
If you are taking L-dopa you may experience some uncontrolled jerky
movements when you first start taking Raponer XL tablets. Tell your
doctor if this happens, as your doctor may need to adjust the dose of
L-dopa you are taking.

How much Raponer XL tablets will you need to take?

It may take a while to find out the best dose of Raponer XL tablets for
you.
The recommended starting dose of Raponer XL prolonged-release
tablets is 2mg once daily for the first week. Your doctor may increase
your dose to 4mg of Raponer XL prolonged-release tablets once daily,
from the second week of treatment. If you are very elderly, your doctor
may increase your dose more slowly. After that, the doctor may adjust
your dose until you are taking the dose that is best for you.
Some people take up to 24mg of Raponer XL prolonged-release
tablets each day.

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If at the start of your treatment, you experience side effects that you
find difficult to tolerate, speak to your doctor. Your doctor may advise
you to switch to a lower dose of ropinirole film-coated (immediaterelease) tablets which you will take three times a day.
It may take a few weeks for Raponer XL tablets to work for you.
Do not take any more Raponer XL tablets than your doctor has
recommended.

Method of administration

Take Raponer XL tablets once a day, at the same time each day.
Swallow your Raponer XL prolonged-release tablet(s) whole, with a
glass of water. Do not break, chew or crush them. If you do so, there is
a danger you could overdose, because the medicine will be released
into your body too quickly.

If you are switching from ropinirole film-coated
(immediate-release) tablets

Your doctor will base your dose of Raponer XL prolonged-release
tablets on the dose of ropinirole film-coated (immediate-release)
tablets you were taking.
Take your ropinirole film-coated (immediate-release) tablets as normal
the day before you switch. Then take your Raponer XL prolongedrelease tablets next morning and do not take any more ropinirole
film-coated (immediate-release) tablets.

If you take more Raponer XL tablets than you should

Contact a doctor or pharmacist immediately. If possible, show them
the Raponer XL tablets pack.
Someone who has taken an overdose of Raponer XL tablets may have
any of these symptoms: feeling sick (nausea), being sick (vomiting),
dizziness (a spinning sensation), feeling drowsy, mental or physical
tiredness, fainting, hallucinations.

If you forget to take Raponer XL tablets

Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten tablet.
If you have missed taking Raponer XL tablets for one day or more, ask
your doctor for advice on how to start taking it again.

If you stop taking Raponer XL tablets

Do not stop taking Raponer XL tablets without advice. Take Raponer
XL tablets for as long as your doctor recommends.
Do not stop unless your doctor advises you to. If you suddenly stop
taking Raponer XL tablets, your Parkinson’s disease symptoms may
quickly get much worse.
If you need to stop taking Raponer XL tablets, your doctor will reduce
your dose gradually.
If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your
doctor or pharmacist.

4 Possible side effects
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not
everybody gets them.
The side effects of Raponer XL tablets are more likely to happen when
you first start taking it, or when your dose has just been increased.
They are usually mild, and may become less troublesome after you
have taken the dose for a while. If you are worried about side effects,
talk to your doctor.
Very common: (affects more than 1 user in 10)
• fainting
• feeling drowsy
• feeling sick (nausea).
Common: (affects 1 to 10 users in 100)
• hallucinations (“seeing” things that are not really there)
• being sick (vomiting)
• feeling dizzy (a spinning sensation)
• heartburn
• stomach pain
• constipation
• swelling of the legs, feet or hands.
Uncommon: (affects 1 to 10 users in 1,000)
• feeling dizzy or faint, especially when you stand up suddenly (this is
caused by a drop in blood pressure)
• feeling very sleepy during the day (extreme somnolence)
• falling asleep very suddenly without feeling sleepy first (sudden sleep
onset episodes)
• mental problems such as delirium (severe confusion), delusions
(unreasonable ideas) or paranoia (unreasonable suspicions).

You may experience the following side effects:

Inability to resist the impulse, drive or temptation to perform an action
that could be harmful to you or others, which may include:
• Strong impulse to gamble excessively despite serious personal or
family consequences.
• Altered or increased sexual interest and behaviour of significant
concern to you or to others, for example, an increased sexual drive.
• Uncontrollable excessive shopping or spending
• Binge eating (eating large amounts of food in a short time period) or
compulsive eating (eating more food than normal and more than is
needed to satisfy your hunger).

Tell your doctor if you experience any of these behaviors;
they will discuss ways of managing or reducing the
symptoms.
If you are taking Raponer XL tablets with L-dopa

People who are taking Raponer XL tablets with L-dopa may develop
other side effects over time:
• uncontrolled jerky movements are a very common side effect. If
you are taking L-dopa you may experience some uncontrollable
movements when you first start taking Raponer XL tablets. Tell your
doctor if this happens, as your doctor may need to adjust the doses
of the medicines you are taking.
• feeling confused is a common side effect.
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
This includes any side effects not listed in this leaflet.

5 How to store
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the
carton and blister foil after EXP. The expiry date refers to the last day of
that month.
Do not store above 30°C.
Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste.
Ask your pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no longer use.
These measures will help protect the environment.

6 Contents of the pack and other information

What Raponer XL tablets contains

• The active substance is ropinirole. Each prolonged-release
tablet contains 2mg, 3mg, 4mg, 6mg or 8mg of ropinirole (as
hydrochloride).
• The other ingredients are: hypromellose, croscarmellose sodium,
maltodextrin; lactose monohydrate, hydrogenated castor oil, colloidal
anhydrous silica, magnesium stearate; pigment blend: (2mg tablets:)
iron oxide red (E172), iron oxide yellow (E172), lactose monohydrate,
(3mg tablets:) lactose monohydrate, indigo carmine aluminium lake
(E132), carmine (E120), (4mg & 8mg tablets:) iron oxide red (E172),
iron oxide yellow (E172), lactose monohydrate, iron oxide black
(E172), not applicable (6mg tablets:)

What Raponer XL tablets looks like and contents of the
pack

Raponer XL 2mg prolonged-release tablets are pink, mottled and oval
with 2x debossed on one side.
Raponer XL 3mg prolonged-release tablets are purple, mottled and
oval with 3x debossed on one side.
Raponer XL 4mg prolonged-release tablets are brown, mottled and
oval with 4x debossed on one side.
Raponer XL 6mg prolonged-release tablets are white and oval with 6x
debossed on one side.
Raponer XL 8mg prolonged-release tablets are dark pink, mottled and
oval with 8x debossed on one side.
Pack sizes:
Raponer XL prolonged-release tablets are available in blister packs of
28 prolonged‑release tablets.
Marketing Authorisation Holder
Actavis Group PTC ehf.
Reykjavíkurvegi 76-78
220 Hafnarfjörður
Iceland
Manufacturer
Actavis Ltd.
BLB 016 Bulebel Industrial Estate,
Zejtun ZTN 3000
Malta
This leaflet was last revised in March 2013

Not known:( frequency cannot be estimated from the available data)
• changes in liver function, which have shown up in blood tests.
• hypersensitivity reactions including itchy skin rash, swollen face, lips,
throat or tongue which may cause difficulty swallowing or breathing,
rash and itching.

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