Prescription Drug Coverage

Requip (Ropinirole) Medicare Coverage

You may be able to find Medicare plan options in your area that cover Ropinirole (generic Requip). Learn more about Requip and find Medicare Advantage plans in your area that cover other prescription drugs.
Chemical name: Ropinirole

Brand name: Requip

Typical dosage: 1mg

Typical type: Tablet1

Requip is a medication used to treat Parkinson’s disease symptoms and restless leg syndrome. Requip is available as a brand name or generic drug and comes as an oral tablet.

Requip is a medication that contains the active ingredient Ropinirole. It is used to treat symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and restless leg syndrome.

Requip increases the levels of dopamine in the body, along with other neurotransmitters, in order to reduce the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. It comes as an immediate-release tablet that is taken 3 times daily, or as an extended-release tablet that is taken one time daily.

Common side effects include upset stomach, dizziness, constipation, diarrhea, fatigue, headache, sweating, dry mouth, joint pain, shakiness, anxiety and back pain.  

How much does Ropinirole cost with Medicare Advantage plans?

Ropinirole coverage and costs may vary based on the specific plan you have, as well as what coverage stage you're in.

Contact your plan carrier or consult your plan formulary for more cost information.

Does Medicare Advantage cover Ropinirole?

According to GoodRx, 100% of Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Part D plans covered Ropinirole , the generic form of Requip, in 2023.1

  • Medicare Advantage plans or Part D plans that cover Ropinirole include copay amounts that can range widely from one plan to another. Plan members may also be responsible for meeting a deductible before the plan’s drug coverage kicks in.

  • Medicare Advantage plans that offer prescription drug coverage are called Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug Plans (MA-PD). 89% of 2023 Medicare Advantage plans included prescription drug coverage.2

  • Medicare prescription drugs plans each have their own formulary, or drug list, that details what prescription drugs are covered by the plan and how they are covered.

Drug coverage may vary based on plan availability. You may be able to find Medicare Advantage plan options in your area that cover Ropinirole. We represent carriers such as Humana, Aetna, UHC, Anthem BCBS, Wellcare, Cigna Healthcare, and Kaiser Permanente.

You can also compare Part D prescription drug plans available where you live and enroll in a Medicare prescription drug plan online when you visit

Additional information

If you are taking Requip for restless leg syndrome, the immediate-release form is typically the prescribed version.

Requip can sometimes lower impulse control in people who take it. Let your doctor know if you have strong urges that are hard to control, such as overeating, gambling, spending money or other harmful habits.

Also talk to your doctor if you become confused, if your behavior changes or if you hallucinate or have mood changes.  

Watch for signs of low blood pressure such as extreme headaches, dizziness or changes in eyesight.

Urinary tract infections can also happen while taking Requip. Symptoms of a urinary tract infection include pain or burning while passing urine, passing urine more often or pelvic pain.

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This article is for informational purposes only. It is not healthcare advice, treatment, or diagnosis. It is not an endorsement of or recommendation for this medication. Speak to your doctor or healthcare provider about your specific healthcare needs, including your prescription medications. Only take medication as directed by your doctor.

Coverage and costs of prescription medications will vary by Medicare plan. Not all plans are available in all areas.


Written by Hayden Gharibyar, Pharm.D.

1 GoodRx. Requip. Retrieved October 2023, from

2 Freed M, et al. (Nov 10, 2022). Medicare Advantage 2023 Spotlight: First Look. Kaiser Family Foundation.