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Is It Okay To Drive When You Are Taking Ropinirole?

Is It Okay To Drive When You Are Taking Ropinirole?

I just started taking Ropinirile. The directions don't say not to drive, but they also say something like "if you fall asleep while driving or doing other activities, which is very rare, stop taking it and call your doctor".

If you fall asleep while driving there is a good chance you won't be able to call your doctor or anyone else, so what's up with that? Should you drive, or not? I am still working and need to get to work by driving.

A MyParkinsonsTeam Member said:

Please do not drive I got a into a car crash because I fell sleep while on ropinorole

posted over 3 years ago
A MyParkinsonsTeam Member said:

I have been taking ropinirole for a while and I haven't had any problems with any of the problems I have listened others have had. the state of Florida is going to decide if they think people like us with PD can drive safely.I have no accidents and tickets...they are going to decide on the basic if they my meds have any problems. I have no way but to drive because I don't live in town or near most medical facualties.

posted over 3 years ago
A MyParkinsonsTeam Member said:

Thanks, Glenda. I emailed my doctor this morning about this but she has not had a chance to reply yet. I think maybe I need to realize that there is also a chance I could have a heart attack or some other bad problem while driving, but I still drive, so if this is a rare problem, I shouldn't let it stop me either. I will let everyone know what the doctor says.

posted over 3 years ago
A MyParkinsonsTeam Member said:

I have been take ropinrole 3 mg for a few years with my carbodopa/levodopa 25/100 mg both 3x a day.He added entacapone 200mg to them and it is took 4x a day.So I take it carb/lev and and entacapone late afternoon. I doesn't affect my driving at all. I guess it depends one the person.I haven't ever had a problem falling asleep driving.

posted over 3 years ago
A MyParkinsonsTeam Member said:

I've been on Mirapex plus a lot of other drugs. It had a warning about not driving. Well, I ignored the warning, and twice fell asleep while driving. Two good things happened from this...I learned to heed the warnings on drugs, or at least talk to my neuro regarding them. The other thing was I found out from my neuro that for some people, the side effects can go away after your system has gotten used to it. That is what happened to me. However, for your safety, wait awhile to see what happens and never drive alone.

Good Luck

posted over 3 years ago
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