Ropinirole help

Hi I can’t even begin to thank all of you who have provided so much information about how DAs affect you. You all have so much experience with this I hope you don’t mind my intrusion. My husband was diagnosed with MS 11 years ago. He has a lot of cramping and discomfort in his legs, so his neurologist prescribed ropinirole to help his legs relax so he could sleep. This was the end of July last year. In the first week of August he had a fender bender and never called it in, he had another one 2 weeks later with our other car. I didn’t see any behavioral issues until my daughters 10th birthday in January, when he told me he needed space etc… didn’t take me long to figure out there was another woman. He’s 47 and she’s 25, and works directly for him
smh. For the last 3 months I thought he was having a midlife crisis, so many of his actions matched with that possibility. Not one to lay down quit, because I know him and something is off. He goes to his affair partners house Wednesday through Sunday. He forgot to take his ropinirole for over a week and he started being nice to me again, singing etc. He realized the next day he hadn’t been taking it and is back on it and out in Fantasyland again. My question would be, what is the best approach to talk to him about my suspicions? This man refuses to take opioids, he would’ve never taken something like this had he known the side effects. When any of you were approached did you deny it or was it an AHA moment? I just want to be prepared for what may come. He is on 1mg ropinirole taken at bedtime,

Hi @Hopeful05, :wave:

A warm welcome to the forum.

I’m so happy that you have found solace in the forum and as you’ve rightly identified, you are not alone in this experience. I’m so sorry to hear that you are going through this in your marriage, I can’t imagine how much this has affected you and your family. I would encourage you to speak to your husband’s GP or Parkinson’s nurse as they may need to make changes to his medication regime or adjusting the doses that he takes is the easiest way to control impulsive and compulsive behaviours.

We have a lot of useful information on impulsive and compulsive behaviour on our website which you can find here:

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Hello and welcome, well done you for posting about this subject.
IMO from having taken this drug up to 4 ml a day, I went off the rails very quickly and what happened I cannot write here.
After about three months I told my Parkinsons nurse about my behaviour and then was
Immediately told to reduce dosage weekly and taken of the drug.
I think you should inform your partners doctor.
Good luck and god bless

I confronted him the day after I posted this and told him all of the stuff I’ve read on here, RLS forums, news articles etc. He told me he didn’t need it anyway and hadn’t taken it the night before at affair partners house. So he had a couple bad days where his legs were acting up from his MS and I suspect withdrawal, but he stuck with it. He is starting to clear up a bit and come back from space, but unfortunately he is still going to affair partners house. It will be 2 weeks tomorrow since his last dose. I saw a lot of people usually say about 2 weeks to come out of the fog. I don’t know if he’s still chasing the rush or if he’s gone. I’m glad I saved him from any further damage this medication could’ve caused him in the future! I live in the US, does anyone know how often doctors are required to see a patient starting out on Ropinirole? He hasn’t seen his neurologist since last summer when it was prescribed, I’m stunned that he wasn’t brought in at least every three months to be monitored on this drug!

I am on Ropineral and have just come out of the fog

Addictive behavior

Compulsive actions really me, no it’s just a way of coping, dealing with the every day drudge through an ever increasing level of self loathing and need to feel loved needing to feel wanted .

Reality check addiction and reliance are two sides of the same coin, I am not addicted to internet porn I am reliant on the chemical created by heightened sexual arousal. The buzz. The release of pent up frustration and an easy fix.

When something is a little bit naughty, and it doesn’t hurt anyone, it’s not cheating, internet sex is cheating if you use it to get that buzz, rather than having to work hard with the one you love, every one on a chat site loves you, some because you are paying them, some because you are feeding their need for a quick fix.

Justification is just a way of coping with insecurity issues, if I build a fantasy where my partner cheats on me while out and drunk, then as long as they come home, they really do love me, they want me, they need me. You get that buzz from the act of them returning home to you.

Fantasy is in full swing in your mind, hours of pacing the floor, distracting yourself with your little secret, your friend, Internet porn, alcohol, chocolate, they are all the same, a distraction until your real addiction walks back through your front door.

Crash they are home, you just want to hold them feel loved, receive that second release, the first one came when your fear of them not returning home was proved wrong.

Free falling, they are tired, exhausted from a chance to let off steam, enjoy the company of friends who share a common interest, in your mind this translates to while they were out they were doing the things in your fantasy, their interest in you and your fantasy is none existent, it’s all in your head your coping mechanism is now causing despair.

Time roles by your coping mechanism takes over, it’s easier to eat chocolate, drink alcohol, watch porn, you are now in the downwards spiral, any stress pushes you further into the arms of your friend that ritual, your way of coping with life, in turn leads to greater mistrust, pushing your real addiction further away.