Thanks to everyone who replied to my post about changing from Ropinirole to Rotigotine patches. There was some very useful information and experiences from everyone and good advice. I am considering weaning myself of Ropinirole as it looks like the general view is you should not just switch from one dopamine medication to another if you are augmenting.
My doctor suggested I should wean myself of Ropinirole over a week and then start the patches, but as I have now learned from everyone, I’m not sure this is the best advice. When I broached the issue of coming off Ropinirole with my doctor before and asked if she would prescribe something like Tramadole to help the withdrawal symptoms , she wasn’t very cooperative as she said it is a controlled drug. Also a lot of you suggest taking Pregabalin to help through withdrawal and afterwards. I have been taking Pregabalin as a nerve pain medication for awhile, but after a blood test it was discovered that Pregabalin had caused Neutropenia, (very low white blood cell count) and leaves you at the risk of infections. So I can only take it very occasionally and have to have regular blood tests. So coming of Ropinirole does not leave me with many options after withdrawal to manage my RLS. So don’t really know where to go from here. So any further advice should be very welcoming.