The recommended starting dosage of Requip for patients with restless legs syndrome (RLS) is 0.25 mg once daily, one to three hours before bedtime. Your healthcare provider may choose to increase the dosage if restless legs syndrome symptoms continue, or decrease the dose if Requip side effects occur.
In some cases, you may be given a Requip starting kit with doses marked by day. The medicine in this kit slowly increases the daily Requip dose so that you and your healthcare provider can decide the best dosage for you. Because everyone is different, you may not need the highest dose in the kit or you may even need a higher dose. Make sure to follow your healthcare provider's instructions for the kit.
Requip dosages of more than 4 mg per day have not been tested in restless legs syndrome research studies.
Some considerations for people taking Requip include:
- Requip can be taken with or without food. However, taking your Requip with food may reduce your chances of nausea.
- For people with Parkinson's disease, Requip should be taken at the same time each day to maintain an even level of Requip in the body.
- Do not stop taking Requip without first discussing it with your healthcare provider. If you have stopped Requip, do not restart it without consulting your physician.
- If you do not take your Requip as scheduled, take your next scheduled dose. Never take a double dose!
If you are unsure about anything related to Requip or Requip dosing, please talk to your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.