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I am taking Ropinirole hcl 1mg at 7am, 1pm, 5pm. Someone just told me there is Ropinirole extended release. Why would you take it 3x day when there is ER available? Advantages/disadvantages?

And is 3mg/day considered low or average dosage? I also take rasagaline 1mg day.

Thanks!

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There are a couple of reasons.

Usually a doctor will start someone on the regular release and increase accordingly strength or how many times a day. This will also give a patient better control of when their symptoms come up, they can just take a regular strength.

If someone does well on the regular and you pretty much know when the off times might come about, then one could change to the ER. 

If you take the Regular Release 3 times a day, you may be able to get away with take 2 of the ER a day.

The main outcome you are looking for is to decrease the amount of tablets a day. If 3 a day of the regular release works well and off periods are in control, I wouldn't change something that's not broken.

I hope this helps and please keep me posted.

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