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Ropinirole

Used for: Parkinson's disease, Restless leg syndrome
Chinese name:

What is Ropinirole for?

Ropinirole belongs to a class of medications called dopamine agonists. It works in the same way as dopamine on the nervous system to control body movements. Therefore, it can be used to treat Parkinson’s disease and restless leg syndrome (conventional tablets only).

How to use it?

Ropinirole can be taken orally as conventional tablets or prolonged-release tablets, which should be swallowed whole without breaking or cutting.

 

For Parkinson’s disease:
Conventional tablets:
Initial: 0.25 mg three times daily for 1 week, and increase the dose as following:
week 2: 0.5 mg three times daily
week 3: 0.75 mg three times daily
week 4: 1 mg three times daily
after week 4: weekly increase by 0.5 mg/dose up to 3 mg three times daily
thereafter: weekly increase by 1 mg/dose up to 8 mg three times daily

Usual maintenance dose: 12-16 mg/day (maximum: 24 mg/day)

 

Prolonged-release tablets:
Initial: 2 mg once daily for 1-2 weeks, and can be increased by 1 mg/dose at weekly or longer intervals.
Usual maintenance dose: 12-16 mg/day (maximum: 24 mg/day)

 

For restless leg syndrome:
Conventional tablets:
Initial: 0.25 mg once daily 1-3 hours before bedtime for 2 days, and increase the dose as following if needed (use the lowest effective dose):
day 3-7: 0.5 mg once daily, 1-3 hours before bedtime
week 2: 1 mg once daily, 1-3 hours before bedtime
week 3: 1.5 mg once daily, 1-3 hours before bedtime
week 4: 2 mg once daily, 1-3 hours before bedtime
week 5: 2.5 mg once daily, 1-3 hours before bedtime
week 6: 3 mg once daily, 1-3 hours before bedtime
week 7: 4 mg once daily (maximum), 1-3 hours before bedtime

What are the side effects of Ropinirole?

Common side effects of Ropinirole include dizziness, drowsiness, orthostatic hypotension, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, hypotension, and hallucinations.

Who should not take Ropinirole?

People who are allergic to Ropinirole or any component of the formulation.

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Where to buy Ropinirole in Hong Kong?

In Hong Kong, Ropinirole is a prescription only medicine, and requires a prescription from a doctor to be purchased in a pharmacy. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.

 

For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at https://www.drugoffice.gov.hk

Need more information?

For detailed information about the use of Ropinirole in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.

Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.

Brands in Hong Kong
Requip
Available dosage
  • 2mg / 4mg / 8mg (Prolonged-Release Tablets)
  • 0.25mg / 1mg / 2mg / 4mg / 8mg (Tablets)
Drug class
Antiparkinsonian Agents
Sub class
Dopamine Agonists
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