When and How Do I Take Requip?Requip comes in tablet form. If you are taking it for Parkinson's disease, you take it three times a day. If you are taking it for restless legs syndrome, it is generally taken once a day, one to three hours before bedtime. You should take your dose with food to avoid nausea.
When you first start taking Requip, you may feel nauseous, dizzy, faint, or sweaty. To minimize the chances of this happening, try not to stand up quickly after lying down.
For the medication to work properly, you have to take it as prescribed. Requip will not work if you stop taking it.
The dose of Requip your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- The medical condition you are being treated for
- Other medical conditions you may have
- Other medications you may be taking.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
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As with any medicine, side effects are possible with Requip. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it well. If people do develop side effects, in most cases, they are minor, meaning they require no treatment or are easily treated by your healthcare provider.
Requip was studied in several different groups of people. Because these groups were so different, the potential side effects have been broken down by group. These groups included:
- Early Parkinson's disease where people were not taking levodopa (Larodopa®, Sinemet®, Atamet®)
- Advanced Parkinson's disease where people were taking levodopa
- Restless legs syndrome (RLS).
For more information, on the possible side effects, please visit the following eMedTV articles:
- Side Effects of Requip for Early Parkinson's Disease
- What Are the Side Effects of Requip for Advanced Parkinson's?
- Side Effects of Requip for Restless Legs Syndrome.