I have a question concerning the dosage of ropinirole: Is there any advantage to using the minimum effective dosage, that is, the dosage at which the targeted symptoms of PD are alleviated? For example, let's say one patient takes 8mg daily for 1000 days and another takes 16mg daily. Does the total quantity of ropinirole taken over the 1000 day period have any effect on ropinirole's subsequent effectiveness? Will the efficacy of ropinirole wear off sooner for the 16mg/day patient?
I ask because my neurologist prescribed ropinirole thus: 2mg/day for 2 weeks, then 4mg/day for 2 weeks, then 6mg/day for 2 weeks and so on, up to 16mg/day for the final 2 weeks. Now I'm at 8mg/day and my goal has been achieved: my tremors have diminished sufficiently that I can play the guitar and clarinet. And so I wonder, if I stop increasing the dosage at 8mg/day, will ropinirole be effective for me longer than if I upped the dosage to 16mg/day?