Compare Mirapex vs. carbidopa / levodopa extended release
Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.
Mirapex (Pramipexole) is an effective medicine for Parkinson's disease or restless leg syndrome, but there are potentially serious side effects.
Sinemet CR (carbidopa / levodopa extended release) is the first choice treatment for Parkinson's disease.
- 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.
- Sinemet CR (carbidopa / levodopa extended release) is released over a long period of time in your body and can allow you to take fewer pills less frequently.
- 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.
- Sinemet CR (carbidopa / levodopa extended release) can make you very sleepy. Don't drive or do anything that requires concentration until you know how your body reacts to it.
- Your saliva, sweat and urine may have dark color and stain your clothing while taking Sinemet CR (carbidopa / levodopa extended release).
- Sinemet CR (carbidopa / levodopa extended release) will lose its effect over time. If you notice it wearing off sooner than you'd like, talk to your doctor.
- Sinemet CR (carbidopa / levodopa extended release) may cause unusual cravings in some people.
- Extended release
- Extended release
- Postural hypotension53%
- Extrapyramidal syndrome28%
- Accidental injury17%
- Any side effect12%
- Difficulty controlling movements17%
- Urinary tract infection2%
- Unusual dreams2%
- Muscle spasms2%
- Driving impairment
Taking with alcohol
...and 1 more risk factors
- Low blood pressure
Taking blood pressure-lowering medicines
- Worsening kidney function
Current kidney problems
- Skin cancer
Age 65 years or older
- Falling asleep during the day
Taking other medicines for Parkinson's
- High fever and confusion
Stopping Sinemet CR (carbidopa / levodopa extended release) suddenly
- Lack of impulse control
Taking other medicines for Parkinson's disease