As a dopamine agonist, Requip® (ropinirole hydrochloride) is used to "trick" the nervous system into thinking it has more dopamine than it actually does. This effect helps reduce the symptoms of:
Some healthcare providers also prescribe Requip for fibromyalgia; however, this is not an approved use of the medicine.
Requip tablets are available in seven strengths. For Parkinson's disease, the medication is taken three times a day. For restless legs syndrome, it is generally taken once a day.
(For more information on this medicine, click Requip. This article offers an in-depth overview of side effects, safety warnings, and more.)