Doug / 02-20-2012 / Consumer Safety

Parkinson’s Medications Comes with Some Serious Side Effects

Ropinirole, also known as Requip, is a prescription medication used by physicians to treat Parkinson’s disease and restless leg syndrome. This popular medication helps many to deal with Parkinson’s, but it does not come without side effects.

The listed side effects are constipation, dizziness, sweating, lightheadedness, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting and weakness. The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) also listed “falling asleep during activities of daily living” as a warning in the medication’s literature.

“Patients treated with Ropinirole have reported falling asleep while engaged in activities of daily living, including the operation of motor vehicles, which sometimes resulted in accidents,” read the medication’s instructions in their listed warnings and side effects.

A research study from the Mayo Clinic Proceedings turned up some interesting results as well. They studied the medication’s effects on 267 patients over a two-year span. Almost 20% of the subjects experienced hyper sexuality and, believe it or not, compulsive gambling.

According to the National Parkinson Foundation, exercising can help control many of the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease. You may want to consider alternatives to Ropinirole. Have you or a loved one ever been harmed by defective drugs?

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