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requip question
donnadee49 posted:
I am on sinimet 4 times per day and my neuroligist has just put me on Requip xl. I am having qa problem getting my insurance paying for it ( they did so for 2 weels) Is there a generic for Requip? Or just plain old Requip? Thanks in advance Donna Dee
worn1 responded:
ropinirole is the generic name for requip. If the generic is not covered by insurance or to expensive call your neurologist and let them him/her know you cannot afford this drug. There are other drugs that can be prescribed. Also some drug companies will provide assistance if you can show you meet certain criteria. Requip is manufactured by GlaxoSmith Kline (GSK) ,Cipla and Sun Pharmaceutical. I hope I have this correct: is the web site to see if you qualify for assistance from glaxosmithkline. I did not see a web site for assistance from Cipla and Sun Pharmaceutical

Mark A Stacy, MD responded:
Hi, donnadee49
Ropinirole is the generic form of Requip and Requip XL, and is a drug class called "dopamine agonist." A similar drug is pramipexole or Mirapex/Mirapex XL. Ropinirole benefit lasts approximately 4-6 hours and has to be taken 3-4 times daily. Requip XL lasts 16 hours, and is a once daily product. Besides the dosing frequency, the drugs are equivalent. As long as you are taking the drug in sufficient dose (8-12 mg per day) either should work well.

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