Mirapex

Generic Name: Pramipexole

  • What is Mirapex?

    Mirapex is used to treat restless legs syndrome (RLS) and the signs and symptoms of Parkinson's disease.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Mirapex?

    Mirapex may cause you to fall asleep (even if you don't feel sleepy) while you are doing daily activities such as driving, talking to other people, watching TV, or eating. Some people taking Mirapex have had car accidents because they fell asleep while driving. You could fall asleep without any warning. Do not drive a car, operate a machine, or do anything that requires you to be alert until you know how Mirapex affects you. Tell your doctor right away if you experience anything described here or if you feel sleepier than is normal for you.

  • Who should not take Mirapex?

    Do not take Mirapex if you are allergic to pramipexole or any of its ingredients.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Mirapex?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Mirapex. Also talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, expecially if you feel sleepy during the day from a sleep problem other than RLS, have low blood pressure, feel dizzy or faint, especially when getting up from a lying or sitting position, have trouble controlling your muscles, or have kidney problems. Inform your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Parkinson's Disease

    Adults: Your doctor will prescribe the appropriate dose for you.

    Restless Legs Syndrome

    Adults: The usual starting dose is 0.125 milligrams (mg) taken once daily 2-3 hours before bedtime. Your doctor may increase your dose every 4-7 days, up to a maximum of 0.5 mg per day.

  • How should I take Mirapex?

    Take Mirapex exactly as your doctor tells you to. Do not take more or less Mirapex than your doctor tells you to. Be sure to tell your doctor right away if you stop taking Mirapex for any reason. Do not start taking Mirapex again before speaking with your doctor.

    Mirapex can be taken with or without food. Taking Mirapex with food may lower your chances of getting nausea.

  • What should I avoid while taking Mirapex?

    You should not drive a car, operate machinery, or do anything that needs you to be alert until you know how Mirapex affects you. Do not drink alcohol while taking Mirapex. It can increase your chances of feeling sleepy or falling asleep when you should be awake.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Mirapex?

    If Mirapex is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Mirapex with the following: amantadine; carbidopa/levodopa; cimetidine; diltiazem; metoclopramide; quinidine; quinine; ranitidine; tranquilizers or sedatives that belong to classes of medications known as phenothiazines, butyrophenones, or thioxanthenes; triamterene; and verapamil.

  • What are the possible side effects of Mirapex?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: nausea, sleepiness, dizziness, constipation, hallucinations (your chances of experiencing hallucinations are greater if you are >65 years old), insomnia, muscle weakness, confusion, abnormal movements, fainting, sweating, low blood pressure when you sit or stand up quickly

  • Can I receive Mirapex if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Mirapex during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Mirapex?

    If you miss a dose, skip the dose you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.

  • How should I store Mirapex?

    Store tablets at room temperature.

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