Requip XL (Ropinirole Hydrochloride ER) and/or alternatives
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General Information On Requip XL
Requip XL is used along with other medications for the treatment of symptoms associated with Parkinson's disease. It belongs to a class of drugs called Dopamine agonists, which mimic the action of the chemical Dopamine in the brain. It reduces symptoms associated with low dopamine levels, caused due Parkinson's, such as stiffness, tremors, loss of motor control and restless leg syndrome.
Side Effects/Precautions for Requip XL
Requip XL or Ropinirole causes common side effects like nausea and drowsiness even during activity. Fever and feeling of stiffness have also been associated with its use. Restless leg syndrome or RLS could worsen early in the morning and cause disturbance of sleep. A host of stomach and abdominal problems like pain, diarrhea and loss of appetite are other common side effects. While Ropinirole is used to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's, the symptoms can actually worsen. Uncontrolled tremors and hallucinations, along with muscle weakness can be triggered.
Anxiety and sleep related problems are caused by dopamine agonists like brand or generic Requip XL. You can also have unusual urges, though these are less common. Such side effects of the Requip XL drug need to be reported immediately as they could lead to neural and hormonal complications. Treatment of Parkinson's has been associated with an increasing risk of Melanoma. In case of any skin condition, before taking Requip XL, talk to your doctor. Since drowsiness caused due to brand or generic Requip XL can put you to sleep and result in accidents while driving, avoid driving and other risky activities.
Requip XL Dosage
Requip XL is an extended release tablet that is available in dosages of 2 mg, 4 mg, 6 mg, 8 mg and 12 mg. The starting dosage recommended is 2 mg taken once in a day for a period of 1 to 2 weeks. This is followed by an increase of 2 mg / day for a period of one week or more. Patients should then be assessed for tolerance and therapeutic response. Based upon these, Requip XL dosage may be gradually increased to 24 mg per day. Dosages beyond this level may lead to adverse conditions.
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What is a "Generic" medication/drug?
Generic drugs are medications that have comparable medicinal ingredients as the original brand name drug, but which are generally cheaper in price. Nearly 1 in 3 drugs dispensed are "generic". They undergo testing to ensure that they are similar to their "brand" counterparts in:
- Active Ingredient (e.g. "Pravastatin" is the active ingredient in brand name Pravachol)
- Dosage (e.g. 10 mg of the active ingredient)
- Safety (e.g. same or similar side effects, drug interactions)
- Performance (e.g. 10 mg of a "generic" can be substituted for 10 mg of the "brand" and have the same therapeutic result)
- Intended use (e.g. both "generic" and "brand" would be prescribed for the same conditions)
What this means is that "generic" medications can be used as a substitute of their brand equivalents with the comparable therapeutic results. There are a few exceptions (examples are outlined at the end of this page) and as always you should consult your physician before switching from a brand name medications to a generic or vice versa.
What differences are there between generic and brand?
While generics and brand equivalent drugs contain the same active ingredients, they may be different in the following ways:
- Appearance (e.g. the scoring or markings)
The color, shape and size of the medication come from the fillers that are added to the active ingredients to make the drug. These fillers that are added to the drug have no medical use and do not to change the effectiveness of the final product. A generic drug must contain comparable active ingredients and must have a comparable strength and dosage as the original brand name equivalent. Generic drugs can be more cost effective than purchasing the brand name.
Why do generics cost less than the brand name equivalents?
When a new drug is "invented", the company that discovered it has a patent on it that gives them the exclusive production rights for this medication. Once the patent expires in a country, other companies can bring the product to market under their own name. This patent prevents other companies from copying the drug during that time so they can earn back their Research and Development costs through being the exclusive supplier of the product. After the patent expires however, other companies can develop a "generic" version of the product. These versions generally are offered at much lower prices because the companies do not have the same development costs as the original company who developed the medication.
The main thing to realize here though is that the two products are therapeutically equivalent. They may look different, and be called something different.
How are Generic drugs tested to ensure quality and efficacy?
Generally speaking, the two most generally accepted methods to prove the safety of a generic version of a drug are to either repeat most of the chemistry, animal and human studies originally done, or to show that the drug performs comparably with the original brand name drug. This second option is called a "comparative bioavailability" study. During this type of study, volunteers are given the original drug, and then separately later the generic drug. The rates at which the drug is delivered to the patient (into their blood stream or otherwise absorbed) are measured to ensure they are the same. Because the same active ingredient is used the major concern is just that it delivers the common chemical(s) at the same rate so that they have the same effect. Please note that the methods that the manufacturers use may vary from country to country.