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Mirapex

(Pramipexole)

Prescription onlyLower-cost generic available
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Helps with movement problems.

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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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Upsides

  • 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

  • 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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Side effect rates for Mirapex (Pramipexole)

524 From clinical trials of Mirapex / Advanced Parkinson's disease
  • Positional low blood pressure
  • Dyskinesia
  • Extrapyramidal syndrome
  • Sleep difficulty
  • Dizziness
  • Dyskinesia
  • Hallucinations
  • Accidental injury
  • Dyskinesia
  • Any side effect

Risks and Warnings for Mirapex (Pramipexole)

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  • Mirapex (Pramipexole) 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.

Common concerns from people taking Mirapex (Pramipexole)

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Food
  • Take Mirapex (Pramipexole) with food if it makes you feel nauseous.
Kidneys and liver
  • 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.