Compare Mirapex vs. Emsam

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Mirapex
(pramipexole)

Eldepryl
(selegiline)

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.Coming soon.
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Side effects
MirapexEmsam
  • Nausea 14%
  • Flu 3%
  • Nasal congestion 2%
  • Pain in extremity 2%
  • Any side effect 1%
  • Hallucinations 3%
  • Dizziness 1%
  • Drowsiness 2%
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How it works
MirapexEmsam
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.Coming soon.
Type of medication
MirapexEmsam
Prescription only
Available as
MirapexEmsam
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Pill
  • Patch
Used for
MirapexEmsam
  • Major Depressive Disorder
Risk factors for serious side effects
MirapexEmsam
    • Taking with alcohol
    • Taking other medicines that make you less alert
    • Taking blood pressure-lowering medicines
    • Current kidney problems
    • Parkinson's disease
    • Age 65 years or older
    Detailed Mirapex (pramipexole) risks & warnings »
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    Pregnancy

    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.

    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
    MirapexEmsam
    • Take Mirapex (Pramipexole) with food if it makes you feel nauseous.
    No food related info.
    Kidneys and liver
    MirapexEmsam
    • Not the best choice if you have kidney problems. Your doctor may have to adjust your dose based on your kidney function.
    • Mirapex (Pramipexole) is processed by the kidney. If you have kidney problems, talk to your doctor because you may need a different dose.
    No kidneys and liver related info.
    Upsides and benefits
    MirapexEmsam
    • 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.
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    Downsides and risks
    MirapexEmsam
    • 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.
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    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    MirapexEmsam
    • 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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