What is Ropinirole?
Ropinirole is a tablet that’s made by a few companies, and it’s often prescribed to treat restless legs syndrome. Restless legs syndrome is a condition that mostly affects the nervous system. It often results in an uncontrollable urge to move your legs, and the symptoms can range from mild to severe.
Though restless leg syndrome can happen to anyone it’s more frequently seen in women, and it’s not fully understood how it develops. It might be the case that it’s a secondary condition to other issues, like diabetes, anti-nausea medication, iron deficiency and antidepressants. Regardless of the reason-behind or severity of a patient’s restless legs syndrome, ropinirole can help in reducing the symptoms.
How does Ropinirole work?
Ropinirole contains the active ingredient: ropinirole hydrochloride, a dopamine agonist. Restless legs syndrome is thought to be caused by a condition within the basal ganglia that creates problems with your dopamine receptors.
These receptors are important, as they control the neural signalling that modulates behaviours. With restless legs syndrome signals from the brain aren’t controlled properly, which can result in abnormal sensations like painful burning, prickling or aching, or a strong urge to move your legs (although it can occur in the arms as well).
Ropinirole is effective at treating restless legs syndrome, as the dopamine agonist contained within it increases the production of dopamine in the brain. Given that a lot of people with restless leg syndrome have it because they don’t have enough dopamine in the brain, its increased production can result in a reduction of symptoms as levels are restored, making the nervous system behave more normally.
What doses of Ropinirole are there?
Ropinirole comes in a variety of doses, specifically: 0.25mg, 0.5mg, 1mg and 2mg. Typically, treatment will begin at 0.25mg before its effect is monitored and you’re prescribed with a maintenance dose of the tablet.