ropinirole (Requip, Requip XL)

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    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

  • Medical and Pharmacy Editor: Jerry R. Balentine, DO, FACEP
    Jerry R. Balentine, DO, FACEP

    Jerry R. Balentine, DO, FACEP

    Dr. Balentine received his undergraduate degree from McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland. He attended medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine graduating in1983. He completed his internship at St. Joseph's Hospital in Philadelphia and his Emergency Medicine residency at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center in the Bronx, where he served as chief resident.

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Ropinorole should be used with caution with ciprofloxacin (Cipro) because ciprofloxacin slows down the breakdown of ropinorole, which leads to increased ropinorole levels in the body.

PREGNANCY: There are no adequate studies of ropinorole to determine safe and effective use in pregnant women.

NURSING MOTHERS: It is not known whether ropinorole enters breast milk. It is should be avoided in nursing mothers to avoid potential risks to newborn infants.

SIDE EFFECTS: Patients treated with ropinirole have reported falling asleep during activities of daily living, including driving. Other side effects of ropinorole are nausea, flatulence, dizziness, sleepiness, fatigue, flushing, hallucinations, confusion, irregular heart rate and rhythm, and confusion.

REFERENCE: FDA Prescribing Information.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/3/2014

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