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Comparison of effectiveness of Requip Modutab prolonged release 8mg pills and normal branded Requip pills.

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#1 sammdebo



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Posted 03 April 2012 - 05:44 AM

Dear Doctor,

I have been suffering from PD for the past 8 years.

ABout 2 months ago I was taking the following medications: Branded Requip pills - 5mg in the morning; 5 mg at about 14.00 and another 5 mg at bedtime. - a total of 15 mg daily.
Concurrently I was taking a Stalevo pill in the morning; another mid-morning; another at 14.00; another at 17.00 and finally another at bed-time.
To be honest I was getting periods of stiffness in the afternoons.
From 2 months ago, my neurologist suggssted I try taking 2 pills of the Requip modutab, prolonged release - i.e. 16 mg a day.
It seems to have worked wonders - I am feeling and looking much better.

Can you kindly let me know, whether research shows that the prolonged release pills are actually more effective or it is simply my 'dreams' which are in effect making me feel better?

Thanks for your kind replies,


#2 Dr. Okun

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 11:21 AM


One possibility on your original regimen was that you simply were not taking the doses of requip and stalevo close enough (pay attention to medication intervals). The longer acting requip may have provided the relief from "off periods."

Remember to always discuss dose, type of medication and frequency with your doc.

For those of you on agonists like requip and mirapex remember to keep in mind there can be sleepiness, and complusive/impulsive behaviors in large numbers of patients on these meds.

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