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What does it do?

Ropinirole is used to treat and prevent the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and sometimes other conditions.

How should you take it?

Take ropinirole regularly as directed with a glass of water.

What if you forget a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as possible. If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and carry on as normal. Do not take two doses at the same time.

Can you take other medicines?

Some medicines available without a prescription may react with ropinirole including:

  • some antihistamines (may be in anti-allergy, anti-nausea and cough/cold medicines)
  • anti-nausea medicines (e.g. Buccastem®, Scopoderm®, Sea-legs®)

Tell your pharmacist or doctor about all medicines or treatments that you may be taking, including vitamins, herbal products (e.g. kava) or recreational drugs.

What side effects might you notice?

Side EffectsRecommended action

Dizziness, fainting

Fast or irregular heartbeat

Tell your doctor immediately

Drowsiness, changes in vision

Confusion, hallucinations, mood changes

Strange or uncontrolled movements

Tell your doctor

Constipation, nausea, loss of appetite, stomach upset

Dry mouth, nasal stuffiness

Swollen feet or legs, muscle cramps, tiredness or weakness

More interest in sex

Tell your doctor if troublesome

If you notice any other effects, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.

Other information:

  • Tell your doctor if you have heart, lung, or liver problems, high blood pressure, a mental health problem (e.g. depression), or if you have ever had a seizure.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding.
  • Ropinirole may make you dizzy or sleepy and make it dangerous to drive, operate machinery or do other activities that require you to be alert. Limit alcohol intake because it can increase these effects.
  • Smoking and caffeine-containing beverages (e.g. coffee, cola) may alter the effectiveness of ropinirole - discuss with your doctor.
  • Large amounts of barbequed foods and some vegetables (such as broccoli, cauliflower and brussel sprouts) may change the effect of ropinirole – discuss with your doctor.
  • Do not stop taking ropinirole without talking to your doctor first.

This leaflet contains important, but not all, information about this medicine.

Prepared by the PILs Committee at Christchurch Hospital, Canterbury District Health Board, New Zealand. January 2018

For more general information about this sheet and its contents, see: What does a My Medicines sheet cover?

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About My Medicines

My Medicines Patient Information Leaflets (PILs) contain important, but not all, information about the medicines they describe.

For more information about the sheets, see: What does a My Medicines sheet cover?

My Medicines is developed by a team at the Canterbury District Health Board. Our team is made up of doctors, pharmacists, and a non-medical person to help us keep to plain language. We also discuss our information with specialist health professionals or groups when needed