Proper Use

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Take this medicine every day exactly as ordered by your doctor in order to improve your condition as much as possible. Do not take more of it or less of it, and do not take it more or less often than your doctor ordered.

Read the Patient Information leaflet before you take this medicine and each time you get your prescription refilled.

This medicine may be taken with or without food, or on an empty or full stomach. Taking this medicine with food may reduce nausea.

Swallow the extended-release tablets whole. Do not split, crush, or chew it.

Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For oral dosage form (extended-release tablets):
    • For Parkinson's disease:
      • Adults—At first, 2 milligrams (mg) once a day for 1 to 2 weeks. Your doctor may increase your dose as needed and tolerated. However, the dose is usually not more than 24 mg per day.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
  • For oral dosage form (tablets):
    • For Parkinson's disease:
      • Adults—At first, 0.25 milligrams (mg) three times a day. Your doctor will increase your dose as needed and tolerated. However, the dose is usually not more than 24 mg a day.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
    • For Restless Legs Syndrome:
      • Adults—At first, 0.25 mg once a day, 1 to 3 hours before bedtime. Your doctor will increase your dose as needed and tolerated. However, the dose is usually not more than 4 mg a day.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.

Storage

Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.