Side Effects of Requip for Restless Legs Syndrome
The side effects of Requip for restless legs syndrome can range from mild headaches to more severe problems, such as heart disease. Although some side effects can potentially lead to serious conditions, they are also rare and occur in less than 1 percent of patients. Only 5 percent of people who experienced side effects of Requip for restless legs syndrome stopped taking the medicine as a result.
As with any medicine, there are potential side effects with Requip® (ropinirole hydrochloride), but not everyone who takes Requip for restless legs syndrome will experience side effects. However, even when people do develop side effects, they are typically minor, meaning that they require no treatment or are easily treated by your healthcare provider.
For people with restless legs syndrome, 5 percent stopped taking Requip because of side effects. This is compared to 4 percent who stopped taking the placebo (a sugar pill that does not cause side effects). The most common reasons that people with restless legs syndrome stopped taking Requip were:
(The Requip side effects discussed below are not a complete list of reported side effects. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)
Requip has been studied extensively in clinical trials for people with restless legs syndrome. In these studies, side effects are always documented. The most common Requip side effects observed, occurring in more than 5 percent of patients with restless legs syndrome, were as follows:
- Nausea (40 percent)
- Excessive tiredness, which is known as somnolence (12 percent)
- Vomiting (11 percent)
- Dizziness (11 percent)
- Fatigue (8 percent)
- Diarrhea (5 percent)
- Sore throat (9 percent).