new member - transitioning from ropinirole to gabapentin

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Re: new member - transitioning from ropinirole to gabapentin

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Please do be careful of your ropinerole dose. The max is considered to be 1 mg daily. You recently went from 1mg to 1.25mg and are now at 1.5mg you are at 50% over max - and still suffering RLS symptoms. I think you need to reconsider whether you should be taking ropinerole.
Bearing in mind that you have already previously augmented on 1mg ropinerole.
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Re: new member - transitioning from ropinirole to gabapentin

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Polar Bear wrote:
Wed Mar 24, 2021 12:01 pm
Please do be careful of your ropinerole dose. The max is considered to be 1 mg daily. You recently went from 1mg to 1.25mg and are now at 1.5mg you are at 50% over max - and still suffering RLS symptoms. I think you need to reconsider whether you should be taking ropinerole.
Bearing in mind that you have already previously augmented on 1mg ropinerole.
I agree with Betty (Polar Bear). Sounds like you are already augmenting again. Time to get off the ropinerole.
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Re: new member - transitioning from ropinirole to gabapentin

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Agreed with both of the above. That is a high dose of ropinerole given what we know today (vs 15 yrs ago when it was approved).
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Re: new member - transitioning from ropinirole to gabapentin

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I took 1.5 mg of Ropinirole again tonight. I got about 5 hours sleep last night. I’ll drop back to 1 mg tomorrow, Saturday night. Doctor appt on March 30 so just doing what I can to get sleep so I can function. Getting busy with work so I don’t have option to sleep at odd times like 6 am to 10am. Back in November and December I could do that when I was reducing dosage of Ropinirole.

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Re: new member - transitioning from ropinirole to gabapentin

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Getting off of ropinirole will consume all your time and energy for a number of days. It is best to clear your schedule, prepare some meals ahead, and expect nothing of yourself during the time your body is getting used to having no ropinirole fed to it. It can be a brutal adjustment - basically, going without any sleep at all for one to three nights, and very little sleep for a few days after that, all the while experiencing pronounced symptoms (and you know what that's like!).

Despite that, it will be the best thing you've ever done for yourself if you do it. Best is if your doctor will give you a prescription for a couple of weeks of a potent opioid to get you through it humanely.
Beth - Wishing you a restful sleep tonight
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