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Generic Requip is an anti-Pakirson medication. Generic Requip is also used to treat restless legs syndrome (RLS).

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Generic Requip is an anti-Pakirson medication.

Generic Requip is used to treat symptoms of Parkinson's disease such as stiffness, tremors, muscle spasms, poor muscle control.

Requip is also known as Ropinirole, Ropidon, Adartrel, Ropark.

Generic Requip is also used to treat restless legs syndrome (RLS).

Generic Requip has some of the same effects as a chemical called dopamine, which occurs naturally in your body. Low levels of dopamine in the brain are associated with Parkinson's disease.

Generic name of Generic Requip is Ropinirole.

Brand names of Generic Requip are Requip, Requip XL.

Dosage

Take Generic Requip orally.

Take Generic Requip with or without food.

The dose and timing of Generic Requip in treating Parkinson's disease is different from the dose and timing in treating RLS.

If you want to achieve most effective results do not stop taking Generic Requip suddenly.

Overdose

If you overdose Generic Requip and you don't feel good you should visit your doctor or health care provider immediately. Symptoms of Generic Requip overdosage: nausea, vomiting, weakness, fainting, agitation, confusion, hallucinations, muscle twitching, tingly feeling, chest pain.

Storage

Store at room temperature between 20 and 25 degrees C (68 and 77 degrees F) away from moisture, light and heat. Keep container tightly closed. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date. Keep out of the reach of children.

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Contraindications

Do not take Generic Requip if you are allergic to Generic Requip components.

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Be very careful with Generic Requip if you are taking levodopa, ciprofloxacin (Cipro), fluvoxamine (Luvox), metoclopramide (Reglan), omeprazole (Prilosec); medication used to treat nausea and vomiting or mental illness, such as chlorpromazine (Thorazine), fluphenazine (Prolixin), mesoridazine (Serentil), perphenazine (Trilafon), thioridazine (Mellaril), promazine (Sparine), trifluoperazine (Stelazine), thiothixene (Navane), or haloperidol (Haldol); estrogen such as Premarin, Prempro, Estratest, Ogen, Estraderm, Climara, Vivelle, estradiol and others.

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1. SK&F 101468, a non phenolic indolone derivative, has been characterised preclinically as a novel, potent and specific dopamine D2-receptor agonist. 2. Its tolerability and effects on serum prolactin were investigated in 14 healthy male volunteers in a study of the first administration of SK&F 101468 to man. 3. Doses between 80 micrograms and 2.5 mg caused statistically significant (P less than 0.05) lowering of basal and food stimulated serum prolactin, relative to placebo, over a 6 h post treatment period. 4. SK&F 101468 was well tolerated up to 1 mg with symptoms of nausea and postural hypotension at higher doses.

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The protocol for this study comprised a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group, 26-week phase during which adults with baseline IRLS total scores ≥ 24 received a ropinirole dose from 0.25 to 4 mg (n = 197) or placebo (n = 207) followed by a 40-week, open-label phase during which all patients (n = 269) received ropinirole. The primary efficacy end point was the change from baseline in the IRLS total score at week 12. Tolerability measures included the incidence of adverse events, augmentation, and early morning rebound. Due to the possibility of a treatment-by-center group interaction (P = 0.04) in the IRLS analysis, further efficacy exploratory analyses were performed to assess the impact of the interaction on the overall assessment of efficacy.

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To determine safety and efficacy of overnight switching from dopamine agonists to cabergoline in patients with advanced Parkinson disease (PD).

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A single dose of levodopa (L-DOPA) reduces motor disability in Parkinson's disease (PD) for a few hours, a short-duration effect. However, there are suggestions that L-DOPA may also produce a long-duration benefit of some days. In the present study, we examined the long-duration action of L-DOPA by observing the time taken to achieve maximum stable benefit after starting a constant dose of sinemet-CR (sinemet-CR) (200 g L-DOPA/50 mg carbidopa) twice daily in nine newly diagnosed patients, and the time taken to deteriorate back to baseline after stopping treatment. A single dose of sinemet-CR (200 mg L-DOPA/50 mg carbidopa) had little obvious short-duration action on the Unified PD Rating Scale (UPDRS) motor scores in the majority of patients, either before starting chronic sinemet-CR therapy (200 mg L-DOPA/50 mg carbidopa, b.i.d.) or after chronic treatment. However, all patients gradually improved on chronic sinemet-CR therapy, taking 9.3 +/- 1.8 days to achieve maximum response. On stopping chronic sinemet-CR treatment, it took 6.8 +/- 3.0 days for the same patients to deteriorate back to baseline motor disability. In similar experiments, the time taken to deteriorate back to baseline after stopping treatment with the directly acting dopamine agonist ropinirole (9-21 mg daily) in eight other de novo patients with PD was found to be 6.2 +/- 1.7 days. The long-duration effect of L-DOPA and ropinirole may, therefore, be due to some slowly evolving postsynaptic pharmacodynamic change in the central nervous system (CNS). Loss of this long-duration action may be responsible for the emergence of motor fluctuations on chronic L-DOPA therapy.

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A cross-sectional survey was conducted in 23 bipolar depressed patients using ropinirole combination therapy (Young Mania Rating Scale [YMRS], Bipolar Inventory of Symptoms Scale [BISS]). Retrospective Clinical Global Impression of Change (CGI-C) and CGI-S (Severity) were captured via chart review.

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Ropinirole flux decreased dramatically in the presence of competing ions. This effect was observed even when the molar fraction of the two competing cations was kept constant. Anodal flux of mannitol decreased with drug concentration, indicating a possible alteration of the skin permselectivity. In the absence of competing co-ions, ropinirole transport number reached a maximum value (8-13%). In these conditions, the main factor controlling drug delivery was the intensity of current applied.

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Ten subjects (34%) met the criteria for acute OH. There was no evidence that OH was related to the use of a specific dopamine agonist or the concurrent use of levodopa. Of the patients who met the criteria for OH, only 3 (30%) had symptoms of OH, such as lightheadedness or general malaise.

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Drug-induced valvular heart disease (VHD) is a serious side effect of a few medications, including some that are on the market. Pharmacological studies of VHD-associated medications (e.g., fenfluramine, pergolide, methysergide, and cabergoline) have revealed that they and/or their metabolites are potent 5-hydroxytryptamine(2B) (5-HT(2B)) receptor agonists. We have shown that activation of 5-HT(2B) receptors on human heart valve interstitial cells in vitro induces a proliferative response reminiscent of the fibrosis that typifies VHD. To identify current or future drugs that might induce VHD, we screened approximately 2200 U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved or investigational medications to identify 5-HT(2B) receptor agonists, using calcium-based high-throughput screening. Of these 2200 compounds, 27 were 5-HT(2B) receptor agonists (hits); 14 of these had previously been identified as 5-HT(2B) receptor agonists, including seven bona fide valvulopathogens. Six of the hits (guanfacine, quinidine, xylometazoline, oxymetazoline, fenoldopam, and ropinirole) are approved medications. Twenty-three of the hits were then "functionally profiled" (i.e., assayed in parallel for 5-HT(2B) receptor agonism using multiple readouts to test for functional selectivity). In these assays, the known valvulopathogens were efficacious at concentrations as low as 30 nM, whereas the other compounds were less so. Hierarchical clustering analysis of the pEC(50) data revealed that ropinirole (which is not associated with valvulopathy) was clearly segregated from known valvulopathogens. Taken together, our data demonstrate that patterns of 5-HT(2B) receptor functional selectivity might be useful for identifying compounds likely to induce valvular heart disease.

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Of 267 patients with PD who met the study inclusion criteria, new-onset gambling or hypersexuality was documented in 7 (2.6%). All were among the 66 patients (10.6%) taking a dopamine agonist. Moreover, all 7 (18.4%) were among 38 patients taking therapeutic doses (defined as >/=2 mg of pramipexole or 6 mg of ropinirole daily). Behaviors were clearly pathologic and disabling in 5: 7.6% of all patients taking an agonist and 13.2% of those taking therapeutic doses. Of the 5 patients, 2 had extensive treatment for what was considered a primary psychiatric problem before the agonist connection was recognized.

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We included nine studies enrolling 220 dialysis participants. Seven studies were deemed to have moderate to high risk of bias. All studies were small in size and had a short follow-up period (two to six months). Studies evaluated the effects of six different interventions against placebo or standard treatment. The interventions studied included aerobic resistance exercise, gabapentin, ropinirole, levodopa, iron dextran, and vitamins C and E (individually and in combination).Aerobic resistance exercise showed a significant reduction in severity of RLS compared to no exercise (2 studies, 48 participants: MD -7.56, 95% CI -14.20 to -0.93; I(2) = 65%), and when compared to exercise with no resistance (1 study, 24 participants: MD -11.10, 95% CI -17.11 to -5.09), however there was no significant reduction when compared to ropinirole (1 study, 22 participants): MD -0.55, 95% CI -6.41 to 5.31). There were no significant differences between aerobic resistance exercise and either no exercise or ropinirole in the physical or mental component summary scores (using the SF-36 form). Improvement in sleep quality varied. There was no significant difference in subjective sleep quality between exercise and no exercise; however one study reported a significant improvement with ropinirole compared to resistance exercise (MD 3.71, 95% CI 0.89 to 6.53). Using the Epworth Sleepiness Scale there were no significant differences between resistance exercise and no exercise, ropinirole, or exercise with no resistance. Two studies reported there were no adverse events and one study did not mention if there were any adverse events. In one study, one patient in each group dropped out but the reason for dropout was not reported. Two studies reported no adverse events and one study did not report adverse events.Gabapentin was associated with reduced RLS severity when compared to placebo or levodopa, and there was a significant improvement in sleep quality, latency and disturbance reported in one study when compared to levodopa. Three patients dropped out due to lethargy (2 patients), and drowsiness, syncope and fatigue (1 patient).Because of a short duration of action, rebound and augmentation were noted with levodopa treatment even though it conferred some benefit in reducing the symptoms of RLS. Reported adverse events were severe vomiting, agitation after caffeine intake, headaches, dry mouth, and gastrointestinal symptoms.One study (25 participants) reported iron dextran reduced the severity of RLS at weeks one and two, but not at week four. Vitamins C, E and C plus E (1 study, 60 participants) helped the symptoms of RLS with minimal side effects (nausea and dyspepsia) but more evidence is needed before any conclusions can be drawn.

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There was a significant signal between occurrence of heart failure and exposure to pergolide or cabergoline in particular and ergot derivatives in general. In contrast, none signal was found for rotigotine, pramipexole, apomorphine, or ropinirole in particular and non-ergot derivatives in general. The present study underlines the importance to prescribe as DA agonists in Parkinsonian patients only non-ergot derivatives, excluding ergot drugs.

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Frequentist fixed and random-effects models were pre-specified for the direct comparisons and a Bayesian approach for the indirect comparison. Efficacy outcomes included the mean change from baseline in the International RLS Study Group Rating Scale (IRLS) score and the percentage of responders on the clinical global impressions - improvement scale (CGI-I). Safety outcomes included the incidence of withdrawal and adverse events.

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In the present study we investigated polymer-lipid microparticles loaded with ropinirole hydrochloride (RH) for nasal delivery. RH microparticles were further evaluated by means of scanning electron microscopy (SEM), ζ-potential measurements, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and x-ray diffraction (XRD). In vitro release studies were performed in simulated nasal electrolyte solution (SNES) pH5.5 at 35°C. Ex vivo permeation studies were conducted across sheep nasal mucosa. Cytocompatibility was tested in cultured human airway epithelial cells (Calu-3). SEM studies revealed spheroid microparticles in the range of 2.09μm to 2.41μm. The presence of trimethylchitosan (TMC) induced a slight shift towards less negative ζ-potential values. Surface chemistry (XPS) revealed the presence of dipalmitoylphospatidylcholine (DPPC) and poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) onto microparticles' surface, further corroborating the FT-IR and XRD findings. In vitro release studies showed that the microparticle composition can partly modulate the release of RH. Ex vivo studies demonstrated a 2.35-folded enhancement of RH permeation when RH was co-formulated with TMC of low molecular weight, compared to the control. All formulations tested were found to be non-toxic to cells. The results suggest that polymer-lipid microparticles may be a promising carrier for the nasal delivery of RH.

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Ropinirole hydrochloride (REQUIP, ADARTREL) and pramipexole dihydrochloride (MIRAPEX, SIFROL) are two putative dopamine D(3) receptor subtype-selective agonists recently approved by the FDA for the treatment of 'restless legs syndrome' (RLS). RLS is a difficult to define condition that is possibly more prevalent than previously thought. Direct-to-consumer advertising has raised public and professional awareness of RLS, but questions, even skepticism about the very existence of the condition, persist. The drugs have adverse effects that can negatively impact on quality of life and thus, as true for all drugs, require consideration of the benefit : risk ratio. We review the definition, diagnostic criteria, pathophysiology, and treatment of RLS, and assess the clinical and preclinical evidence for a pharmacologic rationale for D(3) agonism in general and of the claimed D(3) selectivity of ropinirole and pramipexole in particular.

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Cross-sectional study using an a priori established sampling procedure for subject recruitment and raters blinded to PD medication status.

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In clinical samples, up to 44% of subjects with ADHD have been found to have RLS or RLS symptoms, and up to 26% of subjects with RLS have been found to have ADHD or ADHD symptoms. Several mechanisms may explain this association. Sleep disruption associated with RLS might lead to inattentiveness, moodiness, and paradoxical overactivity. Diurnal manifestations of RLS, such as restlessness and inattention, might mimic ADHD symptoms. Alternatively, RLS might be comorbid with idiopathic ADHD. Subjects with RLS and a subset of subjects with ADHD might share a common dopamine dysfunction. Limited evidence suggests that some dopaminergic agents, such as levodopa/carbidopa, pergolide, and ropinirole, may be effective in children with RLS associated with ADHD symptoms.

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Four new polyesters based on 1,3-propanediol and different aliphatic dicarboxylic acids were used to prepare ropinirole HCl-loaded nanoparticles. The novelty of this study lies in the use of polyesters with similar melting points but different degrees of crystallinity, varying from 29.8% to 67.5%, as drug nanocarriers. Based on their toxicity to human umbilical vein endothelial cells, these aliphatic polyesters were found to have cytotoxicity similar to that of polylactic acid and so may be considered as prominent drug nanocarriers. Drug encapsulation in polyesters was performed via an emulsification/solvent evaporation method. The mean particle size of drug-loaded nanoparticles was 164-228 nm, and the drug loading content was 16%-23%. Wide angle X-ray diffraction patterns showed that ropinirole HCl existed in an amorphous state within the nanoparticle polymer matrices. Drug release diagrams revealed a burst effect for ropinirole HCl in the first 6 hours, probably due to release of drug located on the nanoparticle surface, followed by slower release. The degree of crystallinity of the host polymer matrix seemed to be an important parameter, because higher drug release rates were observed in polyesters with a low degree of crystallinity.

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The costs for a guideline-oriented therapy for all patients with clinically relevant RLS in Germany are about 1,135 billion Euro, representing 0.5% of all health-related costs in Germany. Further controlled clinical trials are required to provide evidence for the efficacy of different treatment options including drugs without an approval for RLS and long-term use. Health services research is required for cost-utility analysis, to evaluate the costs of inadequate treatment, and to obtain additional information to improve the resource allocation in RLS treatment.

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To date, the lack of highly selective antagonists at the dopamine D(3) receptor has hampered clarification of their involvement in the actions of currently used therapies in Parkinson's disease. However, the novel benzopyranopyrrole, S33084, displays greater than 100-fold selectivity as an antagonist for D(3) versus D(2) receptors and all other sites tested. S33084 was administered to 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP)-lesioned marmosets previously primed with levodopa to elicit dyskinesia. Administered alone, S33084 exerted a modest, but significant, anti-parkinsonian effect without provoking dyskinesia. At low D(3)-selective doses (0.16 and 0.64 mg/kg), S33084 potentiated, though to different extents and in qualitatively different ways, the anti-parkinsonian actions of both ropinirole and levodopa. At these doses, S33084 did not significantly modify levodopa-induced or ropinirole-induced dyskinesia. These data suggest that ropinirole and levodopa do not exert their anti-parkinsonian or pro-dyskinetic actions via D(3) receptor stimulation. Indeed, stimulation of D(3) receptors may be detrimental to the anti-parkinsonian properties of D(2)/D(3) agonists. Selectivity for stimulation of D(2), over D(3), receptors may therefore be a beneficial property of dopamine receptor agonists in management of motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease patients with established dyskinesia.

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The past two decades have witnessed substantial progress in methodology and knowledge in sleep research all over the world. The paper at hand will present some recent local contributions to this field. The first is a European project (SIESTA) focusing on the creation of an automatic sleep classification system and a normative database, including polysomnographic (PSG) and psychometric measures, in order to make it possible to diagnose sleep-disordered patients as compared with and age- and sex-matched healthy controls between 20 and 95 years of age. Subsequently, two trials on nonorganic sleep disorders in generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and bruxism, as well as two trials on organic sleep disorders, i.e. snoring/sleep-disordered breathing treated with a mandibular advancement device (I.S.T.) and restless legs syndrome treated with ropinirole and gabapentin, will be discussed.

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A transdermal patch formulation of the non-ergolinic dopamine agonist rotigotine (Neupro®) is indicated as monotherapy for the treatment of early Parkinson's disease and as combination therapy with levodopa throughout the course of the disease. Daily application of the rotigotine transdermal patch (referred to here as rotigotine) provided predictable release and absorption of rotigotine, with steady-state rotigotine concentrations reached within 1-2 days. In six large, well designed clinical trials, rotigotine was an efficacious treatment for Parkinson's disease. In early Parkinson's disease, rotigotine initiated without levodopa produced significantly greater improvements than placebo in the Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS) summed motor and activities of daily living (ADL) scores, as well as significantly higher response rates. In a comparison with oral ropinirole, rotigotine did not meet a prespecified response-rate noninferiority criterion, although this may reflect the dosages used, which may not have been directly comparable. In advanced Parkinson's disease, rotigotine in combination with levodopa reduced 'off' time and improved motor functioning and ADL significantly more than levodopa plus placebo. Rotigotine was noninferior to oral pramipexole in reducing 'off' time, although it did not meet a response-rate noninferiority criterion. A recent trial focused on both motor and non-motor endpoints in patients with inadequate early morning motor control despite antiparkinsonian treatment (most received levodopa). Rotigotine improved morning motor functioning and reduced sleep disturbances, night-time motor symptoms, depressive symptoms, pain and functioning, and quality of life to a significantly greater extent than placebo. Rotigotine was generally well tolerated across the trials and in longer-term extension studies, with the most common treatment-emergent adverse events being application-site reactions, gastrointestinal disturbances, somnolence and headache. Application-site reactions were generally mild to moderate in severity; where reported, up to 3% of patients had severe skin reactions. Thus, rotigotine offers a novel approach to the treatment of Parkinson's disease and, given its ease of administration, efficacy in reducing disabling motor and non-motor symptoms, and acceptable tolerability profile, it has the potential to be an attractive treatment option for this highly debilitating disease.

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The novel benzopyranopyrrolidine, S33138 [N-[4-[2-[(3aS,9bR)-8-cyano-1,3a,4,9b-tetrahydro[1]benzopyrano[3,4-c]pyrrol-2(3H)-yl)-ethyl]phenylacetamide], is a preferential antagonist of cloned human D(3) versus D(2L) and D(2S) receptors. In mice, S33138 (0.04-2.5 mg/kg i.p.) increased levels of mRNA encoding c-fos in D(3) receptor-rich Isles of Calleja and nucleus accumbens more potently than in D(2) receptor-rich striatum. Furthermore, chronic (3 weeks) administration of S33138 to rats reduced the number of spontaneously active dopaminergic neurones in the ventral tegmental area (0.16-10.0 p.o.) more potently than in the substantia nigra (10.0). In primates treated with 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine, antiparkinson actions of the D(3)/D(2) agonist, ropinirole, were potentiated by low doses of S33138 (0.01-0.16 p.o.) but diminished by a high dose (2.5). Consistent with antagonism of postsynaptic D(3)/D(2) sites, S33138 attenuated hypothermia and yawns elicited by the D(3)/D(2) agonist 7-OH-DPAT [(+)-7-dihydroxy-2-(di-n-propylamino)-tetralin] in rats, and it blocked (0.01-0.63, s.c.) discriminative properties of PD128,907 [(+)-(4aR,10bR)-3,4, 4a,10b-tetrahydro-4-propyl-2H,5H-[1]benzopyrano-[4,3-b]-1,4-oxazin-9-ol; trans-N-[4-[2-(6-cyano-1,2,3,4-tetrahydroisoquinolin-2-yl)ethyl]cyclohexyl]-4-quinolininecarboxamide]. Suggesting antagonist properties at D(3)/D(2) autoreceptors, S33138 prevented (0.16-2.5 s.c.) the inhibitory influence of PD128,907 upon dopamine release in frontal cortex, nucleus accumbens, and striatum and abolished (0.004-0.25 i.v.) its inhibition of ventral tegmental dopaminergic neuron firing. At higher doses, antagonist actions of S33138 (0.5-4.0 i.v.) at alpha(2C)-adrenoceptors were revealed by an increased firing rate of adrenergic perikarya. Finally, antagonism of 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT(2A) and 5-HT(7)) receptors was shown by blockade of 1-[2,5-dimethoxy-4-iodophenyl]-2-aminopropane-induced head twitches (0.63-10.0 s.c.) and 5-carboxytryptamine-induced hypothermia (2.5-20.0 i.p.), respectively. In conclusion, S33138 displays modest antagonist properties at central alpha(2C)-adrenoceptors, 5-HT(2A) and 5-HT(7) receptors. Furthermore, in line with its in vitro actions, it more potently blocks cerebral populations of D(3) versus D(2) receptors.

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We measured the affinities of bromocriptine, pramipexole, pergolide and ropinirole at human recombinant dopamine D1, D2 and D3 receptors in binding and functional tests. All four compounds bound with high affinity at the dopamine D3 receptor; bromocriptine and pergolide also had high affinity for the dopamine D2 receptor, while only pergolide had significant, although moderate, affinity for the dopamine D1 receptor. Only pergolide had high potency and intrinsic activity at the dopamine D1 receptor for stimulating cyclic AMP accumulation. In addition, the potencies and efficacies of pergolide and bromocriptine, as well as that of dopamine, at the dopamine D1 receptor were increased in the presence of forskolin, an adenylate cyclase activator. All four compounds were highly potent agonists at dopamine D2 and D3 receptors, as measured in a mitogenesis assay. Bromocriptine was ten times more potent and pramipexole and ropinirole ten times less potent at the dopamine D2 than at the dopamine D3 receptor, whereas pergolide was equipotent at the two receptors. These results suggest that the activity of recently developed antiparkinsonian drugs at either the dopamine D1 or the dopamine D3 and not only the dopamine D2 receptors should be taken into account in analyses of their mechanisms of action in therapeutics.

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The goal of this study was to evaluate the efficacy and tolerability of ropinirole in patients with RLS and baseline IRLS total scores ≥ 24. This study was conducted in part to fulfill a postlicensing commitment between the maker of ropinirole and the European Union's Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use.

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Ropinirole is effective as mono- and combination therapy in PD. Previous studies have used a maximal dose of 24 mg/day; the present study assesses the effect of higher doses (up to 36 mg/day) on patients with motor fluctuations. Outcome measures were changes in the motor function score of the Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale, the duration of dyskinesias and reductions in levodopa dose. 21/22 patients completed the study. The mean daily ropinirole dose at endpoint was 26.2 mg (SD, 4.43 mg, range 20-36 mg). Improvements in motor function (29%) and the duration of dyskinesias (45%) from baseline to endpoint were significant (p < 0.01 and p < 0.05, respectively). The mean levodopa dose fell by 32% during the study (from 599 mg to 409 mg; p = 0.007). Side effects were mild. High-dose ropinirole (20-36 mg/day) was well tolerated and conferred significant clinical benefit on patients with motor fluctuations.

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We have previously reported that ropinirole, a non-ergot dopamine agonist, has neuroprotective effects against 6-hydroxydopamine in mice based on in vivo antioxidant properties such as the glutathione (GSH)-activating effect. In the present study, we determined that the effects of ropinirole on the level of expression of GSH-related enzyme mRNA, these enzymes were shown to regulate GSH contents in the brain. This study focused on the mechanism of GSH enhancement by ropinirole. Striatal GSH contents were significantly increased by 7-day daily administration of ropinirole. Furthermore, the expression levels of gamma-glutamylcysteine synthetase (gamma-GCS), glutathione peroxidase (GPx), glutathione reductase (GR) and glutathione S-transferase (GST) mRNA increased following daily injections of ropinirole for 7 days. In addition, ropinirole treatment for 7 days suppressed auto-oxidation in mouse striatal homogenates, in contrast to the vehicle treatment. In conclusion, ropinirole was able to suppress auto-oxidation, most probably by increasing GSH levels due to an increase of GSH synthesis. In addition, it is likely that auto-oxidation was also suppressed by the activation of GSH-regulating enzymes such as GPx, GR, and GST in the mouse striatum. Thus, our results indicate that the GSH-activating effect of ropinirole may render this dopamine agonist beneficial as a neuroprotective drug.

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Patients suffering from Parkinson's disease (PD) often report about sleep disorders and excessive daytime sleepiness. To some extent, motor disabilities or neural degeneration of sleep modulating structures may be responsible for these effects. Depressive disorders also contribute to the occurrence of insomnia and daytime sleepiness. Nevertheless, dopaminergic, anticholinergic, and other drugs used in PD have a great impact on sleep/wakefulness mechanisms. They may indirectly improve or worsen sleep by changing motor symptoms such as akinesia, hyperkinesia, or tremor. Although their is only little information on the complex regulation of vigilance, it is well known that monoaminergic and cholinergic drugs could influence it directly. Data from animal experiments and clinical experiences led to the hypothesis of a biphasic influence on sleep by dopaminergic substances: small doses of L-Dopa e. g. appear to improve sleep whilst higher doses led to insomnia. Different dopaminergic receptor types or changes in receptor sensitivity may explain these phenomena. Dopaminergic and anticholinergic drugs suppress REM sleep. Recently, initial data on 'sleep attacks' after pramipexole or ropinirole treatment were published. Our preliminary results using 24 h polygraphic recordings showed excessive daytime sleepiness in patients taking ropinirole and L-Dopa which disappeared when changed to ropinirole monotherapy. Sleepiness did never appear as an irresistible attack. Current hypotheses on this topic are reviewed.

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To compare the efficacy of the three nonergot dopamine-receptor agonists (DAs) pramipexole, ropinirole, and rotigotine for the treatment of early and advanced Parkinson's disease (PD).

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requip max dosage 2017-11-11

76 patients with idiopathic PD were included in the study. Theirs mean disease duration was 10,33 years and mean levodopa therapy duration was 8,65 years. The most common drug regimen was levodopa with ropinirole. The patients were evaluated using Hoehn and Yahr scale, UPDRS II, III, and were qualified buy requip online for 4 clinical subtypes according to van Rooden at al. classification.

requip xl cost 2015-09-27

The aggregation of β-amyloid protein (Aβ) and α-synuclein (αS) are hypothesized to be the key pathogenic event in Alzheimer's disease (AD) and Lewy body diseases (LBD), with oligomeric assemblies thought to be the most neurotoxic. Inhibitors of oligomer formation, therefore, could be valuable therapeutics for patients with AD and LBD. Here, we examined the effects of antiparkinsonian agents (dopamine, levodopa, trihexyphenidyl, selegiline, zonisamide, bromocriptine, peroxide, ropinirole, pramipexole, and entacapone) on the in vitro oligomer formation of Aβ40, Aβ42, and αS using a method of photo-induced cross-linking of unmodified proteins (PICUP), electron microscopy, and atomic force microscopy. The antiparkinsonian agents except for trihexyphenidyl inhibited both Aβ and αS oligomer formations, and, among them, dopamine, levodopa, pramipexole, and entacapone had the stronger in vitro activity. Circular dichroism and thioflavin T(S) assays showed that secondary structures of Aβ and αS assemblies inhibited by antiparkinsonian agents were statistical coil state and that their seeding activities had disappeared. The antiparkinsonian agents could be potential therapeutic agents to prevent buy requip online or delay AD and LBD progression.

requip starting dose 2016-03-18

Drug-induced valvular heart disease (VHD) is a serious side effect of a few medications, including some that are on the market. Pharmacological studies of VHD-associated medications (e.g., fenfluramine, pergolide, methysergide, and cabergoline) have revealed that they and/or their metabolites are potent 5-hydroxytryptamine(2B) (5-HT(2B)) receptor agonists. We have shown that activation of 5-HT(2B) receptors on human heart valve interstitial cells in vitro induces a proliferative response reminiscent of the fibrosis that typifies VHD. To identify current or future drugs that might induce VHD, we buy requip online screened approximately 2200 U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved or investigational medications to identify 5-HT(2B) receptor agonists, using calcium-based high-throughput screening. Of these 2200 compounds, 27 were 5-HT(2B) receptor agonists (hits); 14 of these had previously been identified as 5-HT(2B) receptor agonists, including seven bona fide valvulopathogens. Six of the hits (guanfacine, quinidine, xylometazoline, oxymetazoline, fenoldopam, and ropinirole) are approved medications. Twenty-three of the hits were then "functionally profiled" (i.e., assayed in parallel for 5-HT(2B) receptor agonism using multiple readouts to test for functional selectivity). In these assays, the known valvulopathogens were efficacious at concentrations as low as 30 nM, whereas the other compounds were less so. Hierarchical clustering analysis of the pEC(50) data revealed that ropinirole (which is not associated with valvulopathy) was clearly segregated from known valvulopathogens. Taken together, our data demonstrate that patterns of 5-HT(2B) receptor functional selectivity might be useful for identifying compounds likely to induce valvular heart disease.

requip 1mg tab 2016-03-05

To evaluate the nonergot dopamine agonist ropinirole as buy requip online an adjunct to L-dopa in a randomized, double-blind trial in PD patients with motor fluctuations.

requip xl reviews 2017-08-13

The absorption, protein binding, blood-to-plasma ratio, renal excretion, and pharmacokinetics of the dopamine-2 agonists (D2-agonists) 4-(2-di-n-propylaminoethyl)- buy requip online 7-hydroxy-2-(3H)-indolone (1), N-(2'-hydroxy-5'-[N,N-di-n-propylaminoethylphenyl])methanesulfonamide (2), and 4-(2-di-n-propylaminoethyl)-2-(3H)-indolone (3) were examined in dogs and rats. On the basis of relative cumulative urinary recoveries of radiolabeled drug, all three compounds are well absorbed in rats and dogs. In dogs, the free fractions in plasma of unchanged 1, 2, and 3, determined by in vitro studies, were 74, 86, and 63%, respectively, and the protein binding was constant with increasing concentration. The blood-to-plasma partition ratios of the respective compounds were 1.22, 1.14, and 1.16 in dogs, and the ratios were constant with increasing concentration. Large differences between species (dogs, rats, and humans) in protein binding and blood-to-plasma ratios were not seen. The clearances (blood or plasma) of 1 and 2 in dogs were significantly greater than the clearance of 3. The clearance of 3 was almost exclusively nonrenal, whereas 13% of 1 and 2 were recovered unchanged in urine. The steady-state volumes of distribution and the distribution and elimination half-lives of the three compounds were not significantly different. Importantly, the mean residence time of 3 (147 min) in dogs was significantly longer than those of 1 (90 min) and 2 (96 min). The results of analogous studies in rats indicate that 1 and 2 are more rapidly metabolized than 3.

requip 5 mg 2015-08-19

Based on the findings from the meta-analysis, DAs were buy requip online significantly more efficacious in the treatment of RLS compared with placebo.

requip medication dosage 2016-04-08

We report a case of severe restless legs syndrome (RLS) that occurred as buy requip online a side effect of olanzapine therapy. It was refractory to treatment with 2 mg of clonazepam and 3 mg ropinirole. There was partial relief with propoxyphene, however, it was stopped because of side effects. The symptoms disappeared once olanzapine was switched to another antipsychotic medication. Only two prior published reports associate olanzapine usage with development of RLS. In one report, low-dose benzodiazepines and ropinirole were associated with resolution of RLS symptoms stating dopamine depletion as the likely etiology. In our patient, however, RLS due to olanzapine was refractory to the trial of both high-dose benzodiazepine and ropinirole. This suggests that RLS occurring as a side effect of olanzapine therapy may have additional causative mechanisms beyond simple dopamine depletion as postulated before. High-dose narcotics, if tolerated, may be an alternative in such refractory cases.

requip 60 mg 2015-11-11

In this review, the pharmacokinetics, safety and tolerability, and clinical efficacy of ropinirole (Requip), a buy requip online non-ergoline dopamine agonist approved for use in the treatment of Parkinson's disease (PD) are examined. A summary of preclinical and clinical studies is presented. Ropinirole is safe and efficacious as monotherapy in the treatment of early PD and as an adjunct to levodopa in more advanced cases.

requip generic medication 2016-07-19

Our observations suggest the existence of unilateral RLS with predominantly ipsilateral PLMS as a (so-far unrecognized) variant buy requip online of RLS.

requip 30 mg 2016-07-14

Genome-wide association (GWA) studies apply broad DNA scans on hundreds-of-thousands of common sequence variants in thousands of people for the purpose of mapping trait- or disease-related loci. We provide examples of ligand- and target-based studies from the field of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) to demonstrate the value of the GWA approach in confirmatory and exploratory pharmacogenomics research. Complementing this genomic analysis, we used a simple biochemical retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) oxidative, apoptotic high throughput screening (HTS) assay to identify compounds. This ligand-to-targetto buy requip online DNA sequence variant-to disease approach provided guidance on rational design of preclinical studies and identified associations between: 1) valproic acid and advanced AMD-associated genes with the capacity to alter GABA-succinate signaling (ALDH5A1, CACNA1C, SUCLA2, and GABBR2) and chromatin remodeling (HDAC9); and 2) Ropinirole and a geographic atrophy-associated gene (DRD3) with the capacity to alter systems involved in cAMP-PKA signaling. In both applications of our method, the breadth of GWA findings allowed efficient expansion of results to identify enriched pathways and additional ligands capable of targeting pathway constituents. A disease associated SNP-to gene-to target-to ligand approach provided guidance to inform preventive and therapeutic preclinical studies investigating roles of targets in: 1) PPAR-RXR transcription complex constituents for neovascular AMD; and 2) the stress activated MAPK signaling cascade constituents for advanced AMD. Our conclusion is that publically available data from GWA studies can be used successfully with open-access genomics, proteomics, structural chemistry, and pharmacogenomics databases in an efficient, rational approach to streamline the processes of planning and implementation for confirmatory and exploratory pre-clinical studies of preventive or therapeutic pharmacologic treatments for complex diseases.

requip 6 mg 2015-05-07

Sleep episodes are likely a buy requip online not specific effect of dopamine agonists

requip dose pack 2015-11-10

All patients with Parkinson disease on ropinirole treatment showed a clinically significant improvement, and their functional magnetic resonance imaging pattern after treatment showed a reduced activation in the right postcentral (primary sensory-motor area), supramarginal and inferior parietal gyri compared with the activation pattern before treatment. No area of increased activation was buy requip online observed after therapy.

requip pill identifier 2017-02-06

The novel benzopyranopyrrolidine, S33138 [N-[4-[2-[(3aS,9bR)-8-cyano-1,3a,4,9b-tetrahydro[1]benzopyrano[3,4-c]pyrrol-2(3H)-yl)-ethyl]phenylacetamide], is a preferential antagonist of cloned human D(3) versus D(2L) and D(2S) receptors. In mice, S33138 (0.04-2.5 mg/kg i.p.) increased levels of mRNA encoding c-fos in D(3) receptor-rich Isles of Calleja and nucleus accumbens more potently than in D(2) receptor-rich striatum. Furthermore, chronic (3 weeks) administration of S33138 to rats reduced the number of spontaneously active dopaminergic neurones in the ventral tegmental area (0.16-10.0 p.o.) more potently than in the substantia nigra (10.0). In primates treated with 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine, antiparkinson actions of the D(3)/D(2) agonist, ropinirole, were potentiated by low doses of S33138 (0.01-0.16 p.o.) but diminished by a high dose (2.5). Consistent with antagonism of postsynaptic D(3)/D(2) sites, S33138 attenuated hypothermia and yawns elicited by the D(3)/D(2) agonist 7-OH-DPAT [(+)-7-dihydroxy-2-(di-n-propylamino)-tetralin] in rats, and it blocked (0.01-0.63, s.c.) discriminative properties of PD128,907 [(+)-(4aR,10bR)-3,4, 4a,10b-tetrahydro-4-propyl-2H,5H-[1]benzopyrano-[4,3-b]-1,4-oxazin-9-ol; trans-N-[4-[2-(6-cyano-1,2,3,4-tetrahydroisoquinolin-2-yl)ethyl]cyclohexyl]-4-quinolininecarboxamide]. Suggesting antagonist properties at D(3)/D(2) autoreceptors, S33138 prevented (0.16-2.5 s.c.) the inhibitory influence of PD128,907 upon dopamine release in frontal cortex, nucleus accumbens, and striatum and abolished (0.004-0.25 i.v.) its inhibition of ventral tegmental dopaminergic neuron firing. At higher doses, antagonist actions of S33138 (0.5-4.0 i.v.) at alpha(2C)-adrenoceptors were revealed by an increased firing rate of adrenergic perikarya. Finally, antagonism of 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT(2A) and 5-HT(7)) receptors was shown by blockade of 1-[2,5-dimethoxy-4-iodophenyl]-2-aminopropane-induced head twitches (0.63-10.0 s.c.) and 5-carboxytryptamine-induced hypothermia (2.5-20.0 i.p.), respectively. In conclusion, S33138 displays modest antagonist properties at central alpha(2C)-adrenoceptors, 5-HT( buy requip online 2A) and 5-HT(7) receptors. Furthermore, in line with its in vitro actions, it more potently blocks cerebral populations of D(3) versus D(2) receptors.

requip 8 mg 2015-01-08

In 2003, the EFNS Task Force was set up for putting forth guidelines for the management of the Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) and the Periodic Limb Movement Disorder (PLMD). After determining the objectives for management and the search strategy for primary and secondary RLS and for PLMD, a review of the scientific literature up to 2004 was performed for the drug classes and interventions employed in treatment (drugs acting on the adrenoreceptor, antiepileptic drugs, benzodiazepines/hypnotics, dopaminergic agents, opioids, other treatments). Previous guidelines were consulted. All trials were analysed according to class of evidence, and recommendations formed according to the 2004 EFNS criteria for rating. Dopaminergic agents came out as having the best evidence for efficacy in primary RLS. Reported adverse events were usually mild and reversible; augmentation was a feature with dopaminergic agents. No controlled trials were available for RLS in children and for RLS during pregnancy. The following level A recommendations can be offered: for primary buy requip online RLS, cabergoline, gabapentin, pergolide, ropinirole, levodopa and rotigotine by transdermal delivery (the latter two for short-term use) are effective in relieving the symptoms. Transdermal oestradiol is ineffective for PLMD.

requip dosage forms 2017-09-25

The dopamine precursor, L-3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine (L-DOPA), remains the most common treatment for Parkinson's disease. However, following long-term treatment, disabling side effects, particularly L-DOPA-induced dyskinesias, are encountered. Conversely, D2/D3 dopamine receptor agonists, such as ropinirole, exert an anti-parkinsonian effect while eliciting less dyskinesia when administered de novo in Parkinson's disease patients. Parkinson's disease and L-DOPA-induced dyskinesia are both associated with changes in mRNA and peptide levels of the opioid peptide precursors preproenkephalin-A (PPE-A) and preproenkephalin-B (PPE-B). Furthermore, a potential role of abnormal opioid peptide transmission in dyskinesia Norvasc Tabs is suggested due to the ability of opioid receptor antagonists to reduce the L-DOPA-induced dyskinesia in animal models of Parkinson's disease. In this study, the behavioural response, striatal topography and levels of expression of the opioid peptide precursors PPE-A and PPE-B were assessed, following repeated vehicle, ropinirole, or L-DOPA administration in the 6-OHDA-lesioned rat model of Parkinson's disease. While repeated administration of L-DOPA significantly elevated PPE-B mRNA levels (313% cf. vehicle, 6-OHDA-lesioned rostral striatum; 189% cf. vehicle, 6-OHDA-lesioned caudal striatum) in the unilaterally 6-OHDA-lesioned rat model of Parkinson's disease, ropinirole did not. These data and previous studies suggest the involvement of enhanced opioid transmission in L-DOPA-induced dyskinesia and that part of the reason why D2/D3 dopamine receptor agonists have a reduced propensity to elicit dyskinesia may reside in their reduced ability to elevate opioid transmission.

requip highest dose 2017-08-26

To determine if cardiac valve regurgitation occurs more commonly in patients with Parkinson disease (PD) treated with pergolide than in Paxil 20 Tablet those treated with nonergot agonists at a comparable dose.

requip 25 mg 2017-05-15

The development of pharmacogenetic-based clinical practice guidelines for the use of anti-Parkinson's disease drugs requires, as a pre-requisite, the identification and validation of genetic biomarkers. These biomarkers are then used as surrogate endpoints. This review analyzes potential genetic biomarkers which can be used to improve anti-Parkinson's disease Lanoxin Generic Name therapy.

requip 3 mg 2016-12-30

Retrospective Topamax Generic Name database analysis.

requip drug abuse 2016-08-04

To investigate the impact of Rosuvastatin Crestor Cost dopaminergic therapy on the onset of motor complications in Parkinson's disease (PD).

requip xl tablets 2015-08-14

Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is Bactrim Alcohol a chronic neurological disorder associated with sleep disturbance.

requip drug 2015-06-05

Apomorphine and certain ergot alkaloids (bromocriptine, lisuride and pergolide) have been available for several decades; for the last few years, they were joined by newer dopamine agonists (cabergoline, pramipexole and ropinirole) most of them are non-ergolines. Each of these dopamine agonists has its own pharmacological characteristics and occupies a place in the pharmacotherapy of Imodium 60 Capsules Parkinsons disease. In this evidence-based review, emphasis is put on the clinical efficacy of dopamine agonists in early and advanced Parkinsons disease, and where possible comparative evidence regarding their efficacy and safety is provided. In addition, their clinical pharmacokinetics, adverse effect profiles and most relevant interactions will be summarized.

requip dosage 2016-11-05

Previous fMRI studies indicated Singulair Name Brand a relationship between changes of the cortical activation pattern and disease severity in Parkinson's disease (PD). Early diagnosis of Parkinson's disease offers the opportunity to evaluate the putative neuroprotective and disease-modifying effects of drugs at a clinical stage when they might be more effective. The aim of this study was to assess motor cortex reorganization at the earliest clinically detectable stage of PD and the effects on it of chronic dopaminergic treatment.

requip pill 2016-07-01

An emulsion solvent evaporation Protonix Usual Dose method was employed to prepare microspheres of ropinirole hydrochloride, a highly water soluble drug, by using ethylcellulose and PEG with the help of 32 full factorial design. The microspheres were made by incorporating the drug in a polar organic solvent, which was emulsified using liquid paraffin as an external oil phase. Effects of various process parameters such as viscosity of the external phase, selection of the internal phase, surfactant selection and selection of stirring speed were studied. Microspheres were evaluated for product yield, encapsulation efficiency and particle size. Various drug/ethylcellulose ratios and PEG concentrations were assayed. In vitro dissolution profiles showed that ethylcellulose microspheres were able to control release of the drug for a period of 12 h.

requip xl dosage 2017-02-10

EMBASE and PubMed search for articles published between 1950 and 2010 using key Cialis Split Pill words "sexual dysfunction,"monoamines,"monoaminergic receptors," and "generic names for pharmacological agents."

requip dose 2015-05-25

In the UK the incremental cost per quality-adjusted life year (QALY) for pramipexole was 3349 pounds sterling versus no treatment and a cost-saving of 92 pounds sterling against ropinirole. In Sweden, pramipexole produced cost-savings of Swedish Krona (SEK) Cymbalta 60 Prices 2381 (176 pounds sterling) versus no treatment and SEK 3564 (264 pounds sterling) against ropinirole. QALY gains in both countries were 0.095 versus no treatment and 0.007 versus ropinirole. Results compare well with UK cost-effectiveness thresholds of 20,000 pounds sterling/30,000 pounds sterling per QALY and are cost-saving for Sweden. One-way and probabilistic sensitivity analyses showed results to be robust.

requip 1 mg 2015-12-03

Eighty-five of the 179 patients in the ropinirole group (47 percent) and 45 of the 89 patients in the levodopa group (51 percent) completed all five years of the study. In the ropinirole group 29 of the 85 patients (34 percent) received no levodopa supplementation. The analysis of the time to dyskinesia showed a significant difference in favor of ropinirole (hazard ratio for remaining free of dyskinesia, 2.82; 95 percent confidence interval, 1.78 to 4.44; P<0.001). At five years, the cumulative incidence of dyskinesia (excluding the three patients who had dyskinesia at base line), regardless of levodopa supplementation, was 20 percent (36 of 177 patients) in the ropinirole group and 45 percent (40 of 88 patients) in the levodopa group. There was no significant difference between the two groups in the mean change in scores for activities of daily living among those who completed the study. Adverse events led to the early withdrawal from the study of 48 of 179 patients in the ropinirole group (27 percent) and 29 of 89 patients in the levodopa group (33 percent). The mean (+/-SD) daily doses given by the end of the study were 16.5+/-6.6 mg of ropinirole (plus 427+/-221 mg of levodopa in patients who received supplementation) and 753+/-398 mg of levodopa (including supplements).

requip 10 mg 2016-05-09

After levodopa, dopaminergic agonists are the most powerful agents in idiopathic Parkinson's disease treatment. Used in monotherapy or rather in early combination with levodopa, they allow a dramatic reduction of long-term motor side effects of the latter: onset and peak-dose dyskinesias, early morning dystonias. Their gastro-intestinal (nauseas) and moreover psychiatric (confusion and hallucinations) side effects limit their use, notably in geriatric populations. Superiority of so-called "second generation" agonists (ropinirole, pramipexole) on "first generation" agonists (bromocriptine, pergolide) remains to be proved.

requip er dosage 2017-10-07

A preliminary series of 22 non-demented, adult PD patients (mean age 68.9, 13 men and 9 women) were evaluated by means of structured sleep interview, Epworth sleepiness scale (ESS) and 24-h ambulatory polysomnography (A-PSG).

requip xl drug 2015-01-19

A 52-week, multicentre, open-label continuation study involving 310 patients, conducted in 11 countries. Eligible patients from four parent studies were invited to participate. At parent study entry, all patients had a score of > or =15 on the International Restless Legs Scale (IRLS). In this continuation study, all participants received ropinirole, 0.25-4.0 mg once daily, for 52 weeks. The primary study objective was to evaluate the safety of ropinirole. Efficacy was assessed by change in IRLS score, as well as by global improvements (clinical global impression [CGI] scale) and improvements in measures of sleep, work productivity, and quality of life.

requip with alcohol 2017-06-30

In this study we evaluated, by means of the "cocaine rush visual analog scale," the impact of ropinirole on the expected rush induced by cocaine in a group of heroin addicts abusing cocaine; the self-reported reaction to the rush blockade (if any) on cocaine consumption, and the correlations between this self-reported reaction and individual, clinical, and therapeutic parameters. Nineteen cocaine abuser heroin-dependent patients entered the study. Their experienced cocaine rush was 61.31 ± 32.1% of the maximum effect previously experienced. Compared with their previous rush intensity 16 patients experienced significantly lower intensity, 3 the same intensity, and none a higher intensity. In particular, two patients experienced a complete blockade of rush and reported a reduced use of cocaine. Fourteen patients experienced a partial blockade of cocaine rush; of these, nine reported they had reduced their use of cocaine. Ropinirole does diminish the subjective intensity of an expected cocaine rush, so interfering with the dynamics of reward, while supporting its possible use in the treatment of cocaine dependence.

requip normal dosage 2017-09-13

Though L-3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine (L-DOPA) is universally employed for alleviation of motor dysfunction in Parkinson's disease (PD), it is poorly-effective against co-morbid symptoms like cognitive impairment and depression. Further, it elicits dyskinesia, its pharmacokinetics are highly variable, and efficacy wanes upon long-term administration. Accordingly, "dopaminergic agonists" are increasingly employed both as adjuncts to L-DOPA and as monotherapy. While all recognize dopamine D(2) receptors, they display contrasting patterns of interaction with other classes of monoaminergic receptor. For example, pramipexole and ropinirole are high efficacy agonists at D(2) and D(3) receptors, while pergolide recognizes D(1), D(2) and D(3) receptors and a broad suite of serotonergic receptors. Interestingly, several antiparkinson drugs display modest efficacy at D(2) receptors. Of these, piribedil displays the unique cellular signature of: 1), signal-specific partial agonist actions at dopamine D(2)and D(3) receptors; 2), antagonist properties at α(2)-adrenoceptors and 3), minimal interaction with serotonergic receptors. Dopamine-deprived striatal D(2) receptors are supersensitive in PD, so partial agonism is sufficient for relief of motor dysfunction while limiting undesirable effects due to "over-dosage" of "normosensitive" D(2) receptors elsewhere. Further, α(2)-adrenoceptor antagonism reinforces adrenergic, dopaminergic and cholinergic transmission to favourably influence motor function, cognition, mood and the integrity of dopaminergic neurones. In reviewing the above issues, the present paper focuses on the distinctive cellular, preclinical and therapeutic profile of piribedil, comparisons to pramipexole, ropinirole and pergolide, and the core triad of symptoms that characterises PD-motor dysfunction, depressed mood and cognitive impairment. The article concludes by highlighting perspectives for clarifying the mechanisms of action of piribedil and other antiparkinson agents, and for optimizing their clinical exploitation.

requip medicine 2017-12-12

RLS and PLMS are common neurologic disorders and increase in prevalence with aging. These disorders can be disabling conditions, causing sleep disturbance at night and excessive sleepiness during the day. Polysomnography and the suggested immobilization test are used to support the clinical diagnosis of RLS and PLMS. Although levodopa alleviates symptoms, rebound and augmentation occur frequently, limiting the long-term usefulness of this agent. The direct dopamine receptor agonists such as pergolide, pramipexole, ropinirole, and cabergoline have largely replaced levodopa as the most effective treatment for RLS and PLMS.

requip reviews 2017-01-24

Pramipexole has a large effect size (0.6-1.1) in the treatment of both bipolar and unipolar depression with a low short-term rate of manic switching in bipolar patients (1% mania, 5% hypomania). The pooled discontinuation rate for all reasons was 9%. Pramipexole is neuroprotective and exerts beneficial effects on sleep architecture. Pramipexole is associated with 3 rare but serious side effects: sleep attacks, which have only occurred in Parkinson's disease; compulsive behaviors and pathologic gambling, which have occurred in Parkinson's disease and restless legs syndrome; and psychosis, which has occurred in both psychiatric and neurologic populations.

requip 12 mg 2016-07-12

Ropinirole has been studied for treatment of moderate to severe primary RLS in a comprehensive clinical development program. Ropinirole significantly improved symptoms of RLS, versus placebo, in patients with primary RLS. These improvements are supported by data from individual studies and pooled analyses. Significant improvements in RLS symptoms were observed within two nights of treatment. Ropinirole also produced significant benefits on objective measures of RLS motor symptoms, such as periodic leg movements, and subjective measures of sleep. Ropinirole was generally well tolerated.