Requip is useful in the treatment of Parkinson's disease. It is also helpful in the reduction of the chemical found in the brain called dopamine, which is usually low in the patient suffering from the Parkinson's disease. It is also helpful in the treatment of RLS or Restless Legs Syndrome.
Medication must always be taken as advised by your medical practitioner/physician. If you are unsure, then please contact your physician for precise instructions. On the other hand, the medicine label usually contains dosage instructions which also may be followed.
Requip may be taken with a meal or without a meal to prevent stomach problems.
A full glass of water when taken with Requip always ensures better absorption.
Medications are prescribed according to a dosage schedule which must be completed in order to reap the benefits of the treatment. Lapsed schedules render Requip ineffective. So, never stop in between unless advised by your physician.
One of the best ways to ensure that you do not miss out on a dose is to maintain a fixed regime for consuming Requip each day.
Drug Class and Mechanism
Requip helps in relieving from the symptoms and signs of Parkinson's disease. This disease is mainly caused by a shortage of dopamine, brain's chief chemical messengers. Such a disorder is noticeable by a progressive muscle stiffness, fatigue and tremor. Requip tends to stimulate the dopamine receptors in your brain, and thus seeks to promote a better and easier movement.
You must maintain a schedule for taking the medicine at the same time each day so that you do not miss out on any doses. But, in the advent of a missed dose, take it as soon as you remember so that you can compensate for the loss of the dose.
But, then you may need to adjust your remaining doses accordingly. And if it is almost time for the next dose, then please skip the missed dose and continue with the normal schedule.
Never try to compensate for the missed dose by taking a double dose together. It may cause adverse effects.
Requip must be stored at a cool and dark place that prevents it from direct exposure to sunlight. It should also be protected from kids and pets. You can store it at room temperature.
If you are allergic to any ingredient in Requip (you may check medicine label) then please do not use it without consulting your doctor.
Ensure that your doctor is aware of your past and current medical history before you start any new treatment or medication. This must include any and all diseases that you have suffered /suffer from, all subscription and over the counter medication that you are taking, including vitamins and herbal supplements. This will help avoid a possible interaction or allergy.
In some cases, the medication might be altered or require special attention if you suffer from conditions like heart disease, hallucinations, heart arrhythmias, mental confusion, any allergies, difficulty in walking, kidney or liver problems and also low blood pressure.
Requip is known to make some people dizzy or drowsy. And if you consume alcoholic beverages, then the chances of this happening increase greatly. Hence, alcohol and alcoholic beverages must be strictly avoided while taking Requip. If you have experienced drowsiness after taking Requip, then avoid tasks that require mental alertness for example, driving, handling heavy equipment or machinery etc.
If you are planning to have a baby or are pregnant already then you must seek advice from your doctor before using Requip. Discuss the effects and possible risks that Requip usage may have on the unborn baby.
If you are breast feeding your child, then too seek medical advice before using Requip. Some drugs may be excreted in the breast milk and may harm the baby.