REQUIP is very useful in treating Parkinson's disease, RLS (Restless Legs Syndrome).and it works by stimulating dopamine receptors in the brain, thus promoting better, easier movement.
Following the dosage instructions of your doctor is the best way to use any medication. If you are unsure or do not remember the instructions then you may read the medicine label for more detailed information.
It is very important that you complete the dosage schedule and do not interrupt it in between without seeking prior consultation from your doctor.
Taking your medication at the same time each day is a tried and tested method to avoid missing any doses.
Drug Class and Mechanism
REQUIP relieves the signs and symptoms of Parkinson's disease, caused by a deficit of dopamine (one of the brain's chief chemical messengers), this disorder is marked by progressive muscle stiffness, tremor, and fatigue and it works by relieve the signs and symptoms of Parkinson's disease. Caused by a deficit of dopamine (one of the brain's chief chemical messengers), this disorder is marked by progressive muscle stiffness, tremor, and fatigue.
Despite your best attempts at remembering, if you still miss out on a dose, then take it as soon as you remember about it. But keep in mind that you will have to adjust your next dose by spacing it out by 4 to 5 hours. If this is not possible, then the best thing to do would be to skip the missed dose and continue with your normal dosage schedule.
Never try to compensate for the missed dose by taking a double dose together. It may cause adverse effects.
Store REQUIP at room temperature(read medicine label if unsure). Always keep it in a cool dark place that is not directly exposed to sources of heat or moisture and sunlight. Protect it from kids and pets.
Doctors advise against using REQUIP if you are allergic to any ingredient in it or if you have conditions like heart disease or heart arrhythmias (abnormal rhythms), hallucinations, mental confusion, difficulty walking, any allergies, kidney problems, liver disease, low blood pressure.
Discuss your past/current medical history in detail with your doctor before beginning treatment with any new medication. If you are using any herbal supplements or over the counter medication, including vitamin pills, then mention it to your doctor.
REQUIP may increase the risk of getting dizziness or drowsiness. This risk greatly increases if you combine it with alcoholic beverages. So please avoid them while using REQUIP. Also, avoid undertaking any tasks which require mental alertness (driving, handling heavy machinery etc).
REQUIP should be used only if you need it during your pregnancy.
If you are expecting a child or are planning to have a child in the near future, then consult your doctor before using REQUIP to discuss any possible threats to the unborn baby.
If you are a nursing mother and breast feed your baby, then too, seek consultation before using REQUIP as this drug is excreted in the breast milk and may enter the baby.
Most medications have some kind of side effects associated with them. The commonest of these side effects are temporary and mild and fade away without any special attention.
These include nausea, dizziness, drowsiness, trouble sleeping, constipation, unusual weakness, stomach upset and pain, headache or dry mouth may occur.
However, in some cases, these mild side effects may persist or become bothersome. In such cases, seek medical attention.
Also, in some rare cases, it may lead to severe side effects like confusion, restlessness, leg or foot swelling, fainting, twitching, chest pain, unusually fast or slow heartbeat. Very unlikely but report promptly: muscle pain, vision problems, fever, severe muscle stiffness, sudden irresistible urge to sleep.
Seek medical attention if you notice any of these side effects.
Side effects that are not listed here may also occur.