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Ropinirole XL

Drug Interactions

Ropinirole XL can potentially interact with a number of other medications (see Drug Interactions With Ropinirole XL).

What If I Take an Overdose?

An overdose of ropinirole XL may cause symptoms that include (but are not limited to):
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Visual hallucinations
  • Sweating
  • Claustrophobia
  • Weakness
  • Heart palpitations
  • Nightmares.
If you happen to overdose on ropinirole XL, seek immediate medical attention.
(Click Requip XL Overdose for more information.)

What Should I Do If I Miss a Dose?

If you forget to take a dose of ropinirole XL, take your missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular schedule. Do not take a double dose of the medication.

How Does It Work?

Ropinirole XL belongs to a group of medications known as dopamine agonists. This means that it works much like dopamine, a naturally occurring brain chemical. It binds to dopamine receptors and stimulates them, much like natural dopamine would.
Dopamine deficiency (caused by a loss of dopamine-producing cells) in certain parts of the brain may be responsible for many of the symptoms of Parkinson's disease. Therefore, using a medication that acts like dopamine, such as ropinirole XL, can help to relieve many of the symptoms of Parkinson's disease. Although it would make sense to just use dopamine to treat Parkinson's disease, this does not work because dopamine cannot cross the blood-brain barrier to reach the brain. Ropinirole XL acts much like dopamine and is capable of crossing the blood-brain barrier, making it an ideal Parkinson's medication.
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