Compare Dostinex vs. Mirapex

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Dostinex
(cabergoline)

Mirapex
(pramipexole)

Coming soon.Helps with movement problems. Mirapex (Pramipexole) is an effective medicine for Parkinson's disease or restless leg syndrome, but there are potentially serious side effects.
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Side effects
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We haven’t found good data for Dostinex side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Dostinex »
  • Any side effect 1%
  • Hallucinations 3%
  • Dizziness 1%
  • Drowsiness 2%
  • Nausea 2%
  • Sleep difficulty 5%
  • Constipation 8%
  • Muscle weakness 2%
  • Positional low blood pressure 5%
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How it works
DostinexMirapex
Coming soon.Mirapex (Pramipexole) is a dopamine agonist. It binds to receptors in the brain and helps improve movement in people with Parkinson's disease or restless leg syndrome.
Type of medication
DostinexMirapex
Prescription only
Available as
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  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Extended release
Used for
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  • Hyperprolactinemia
Risk factors for serious side effects
DostinexMirapex
    Coming soon.
    • Taking with alcohol
    • Taking other medicines that make you less alert
    • Taking blood pressure-lowering medicines
    • Current kidney problems
    • Parkinson's disease
    Detailed Mirapex (pramipexole) risks & warnings »
    Pregnancy

    Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    Food
    DostinexMirapex
    No food related info.
    • Take Mirapex (Pramipexole) with food if it makes you feel nauseous.
    Kidneys and liver
    DostinexMirapex
    No kidneys and liver related info.
    • Mirapex (Pramipexole) is processed by the kidney. If you have kidney problems, talk to your doctor because you may need a different dose.
    • Not the best choice if you have kidney problems. Your doctor may have to adjust your dose based on your kidney function.
    Upsides and benefits
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    • In studies, Mirapex (Pramipexole) when taken by itself or with other medicines, was effective in lowering movement fluctuations for people with Parkinson's disease.
    • Mirapex (Pramipexole) is sometimes preferred over other medicines that treat Parkinson's disease in older people since it causes fewer movement and mental fluctuations.
    • Is effective for treating restless leg syndrome.
    • Available in a short-acting and a long-acting form.
    Downsides and risks
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    Coming soon
    • Mirapex (Pramipexole) isn't a first-choice treatment for Parkinson's disease. It can be used by itself, but it's usually used with other medicines.
    • Mirapex (Pramipexole) can cause hallucinations in older people.
    • Not the best choice if you have kidney problems. Your doctor may have to adjust your dose based on your kidney function.
    • You can't suddenly stop taking Mirapex (Pramipexole). You'll have to slowly lower your dose, especially if you've been using it for a long time.
    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
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    • You should start Mirapex (Pramipexole) at a low dose and your doctor will raise the dose slowly. This will help lower your risk of side effects, such as drowsiness and low blood pressure.
    • Can cause intense urges and compulsive behaviors that are hard to control, such as binge eating, gambling, and sexual urges. Talk to your doctor right away if you have any of these feelings.
    • You can suddenly fall asleep without warning while on this medicine. Don't perform any tasks that require mental alertness, like driving, or drinking alcohol until you know how Mirapex (Pramipexole) affects you. Let your doctor know if you have a history of sleep problems.
    • Take Mirapex (Pramipexole) 2 to 3 hours before bedtime for restless leg syndrome.
    • Take Mirapex (Pramipexole) with food if it makes you feel nauseous.
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