ROPINIROLE ER 2MG TABLETS
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Drug Information For:
REQUIP XL 2MG TABLETS
Ingredient Name:ROPINIROLE (roe-PIN-i-ROLE)
Drug Manufacturer:GLAXO SMITH KLINE
Common Uses:This medicine is a dopamine agonist used to treat Parkinson disease. It may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Before Using This Medicine:Some medicines or medical conditions may interact with this medicine. INFORM YOUR DOCTOR OR PHARMACIST of all prescription and over-the-counter medicine that you are taking. ADDITIONAL MONITORING OF YOUR DOSE OR CONDITION may be needed if you are taking anticoagulants (eg, warfarin); entacapone; levodopa; benzodiazepines (eg, diazepam); medicines for mental or mood problems (eg, antidepressants, antipsychotics); medicines for sleep (eg, zolpidem); estrogens (eg, estradiol); fluvoxamine; quinolones (eg, ciprofloxacin); butyrophenones (eg, haloperidol); metoclopramide; omeprazole; phenothiazines (eg, chlorpromazine); or thioxanthenes (eg, thiothixene). DO NOT START OR STOP any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval. Inform your doctor of any other medical conditions, including heart problems; high or low blood pressure; liver disease; kidney problems; mental or mood problems; a sleep disorder; allergies; pregnancy; or breast-feeding. Tell your doctor if you smoke, drink alcohol, or have a personal or family history of addiction (eg, alcohol, gambling). This medicine should not be used in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed. Contact your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns about using this medicine.
How to Use This Medicine:Follow the directions for taking this medicine provided by your doctor. AN EXTRA PATIENT LEAFLET is available with this medicine. Talk to your pharmacist if you have questions about this information. TAKE THIS MEDICINE by mouth with or without food. If stomach upset occurs, take with food to reduce stomach irritation. SWALLOW THIS MEDICINE WHOLE. Do not break, crush, or chew before swallowing. STORE THIS MEDICINE at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C), in a tightly closed container away from heat, moisture, and light. Brief storage at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. Do not store in the bathroom. DO NOT SUDDENLY STOP TAKING THIS MEDICINE or change your dose without checking with your doctor. Certain severe side effects (eg, abnormal thinking, confusion, fever, stiff muscles) may occur. IF YOU NEED TO STOP THIS MEDICINE OR ADD A NEW MEDICINE, your doctor will gradually lower your dose. Take this medicine on a regular schedule to get the most benefit from it. Taking this medicine at the same time each day will help you remember to take it. IF YOU MISS A DOSE of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. DO NOT take 2 doses at once. IF YOU MISS SEVERAL DOSES OF THIS MEDICINE, contact your doctor for instructions.
Cautions:DO NOT USE THIS MEDICINE IF you are allergic to any ingredient in this medicine. THIS MEDICINE MAY CAUSE DIZZINESS, DROWSINESS, OR FAINTING. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use this medicine with caution. DO NOT DRIVE OR PERFORM OTHER POSSIBLY UNSAFE TASKS until you know how you react to it. CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE you drink alcohol or use medicines that may cause drowsiness (eg, sleep aids, muscle relaxers) while you are using this medicine; it may add to their effects. Ask your pharmacist if you have questions about which medicines may cause drowsiness. THIS MEDICINE MAY CAUSE DIZZINESS, LIGHTHEADEDNESS, OR FAINTING; alcohol, hot weather, exercise, or fever may increase these effects. To prevent them, sit up or stand slowly, especially in the morning. Sit or lie down at the first sign of any of these effects. SOME PEOPLE WHO USE THIS MEDICINE MAY EXPERIENCE sudden onset of severe drowsiness or may even fall asleep during normal daily activities (eg, driving, eating, talking). This could occur without warning. If this happens, do not drive, operate machinery, or perform other possibly unsafe tasks while you use this medicine. Tell your doctor right away. SOME PEOPLE HAVE EXPERIENCED new, unusual, or increased urges (eg, eating, gambling, sexual urges, spending money) while using this medicine. Tell your doctor right away if you notice such effects. DO NOT TAKE MORE than the recommended dose or use for longer than prescribed without checking with your doctor. PATIENTS WITH PARKINSON DISEASE may have an increased risk of developing a certain type of skin cancer (melanoma). It is not known if this medicine also increases the risk of melanoma. You may need to have skin exams while you are using this medicine. Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor. BEFORE YOU BEGIN TAKING ANY NEW MEDICINES, either prescription or over-the-counter, check with your doctor or pharmacist. Use this medicine with caution in ELDERLY patients with Parkinson disease; they may be more sensitive to its effects, especially hallucinations. FOR WOMEN: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using this medicine while you are pregnant. IT IS NOT KNOWN IF THIS MEDICINE IS FOUND in breast milk. THIS MEDICINE MAY DECREASE BREAST MILK PRODUCTION. DO NOT BREAST-FEED while taking this medicine.
Possible Side Effects:SIDE EFFECTS that may occur while taking this medicine include constipation; dizziness; drowsiness; fatigue; headache; increased sweating; lightheadedness; loss of appetite; nausea; sore throat or flu-like symptoms; stomach pain or upset; tiredness; vomiting; or weakness. If they continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor. CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY if you experience blood in the urine; blurred vision; chest pain; confusion; decreased coordination; fainting; falling asleep during the daytime or normal daily activities (eg, conversations, eating); fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat; hallucinations; impotence; joint stiffness or pain; new or worsening mental, mood, or behavior changes (eg, aggression, agitation, anxiety, delirium, paranoia, psychosis); nightmares; numbness or tingling of the skin; severe or persistent headache or dizziness; shortness of breath; swelling of the arms or legs; uncontrolled muscle movements; or unusual skin growths or change in the appearance of a mole. AN ALLERGIC REACTION to this medicine is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue. This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Overdose:IF OVERDOSE IS SUSPECTED, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
Additional Information:DO NOT SHARE THIS MEDICINE with others for whom it was not prescribed. DO NOT USE THIS MEDICINE for other health conditions. KEEP THIS MEDICINE out of the reach of children and pets. IF USING THIS MEDICINE FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME, obtain refills before your supply runs out. CHECK WITH YOUR PHARMACIST about how to dispose of unused medicine.
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