MIRAPEX (pramipexole dihydrochloride)

The Advantages Of Mirapex In Treating Parkinson’s Disease

mirapex_1_mgMirapex (Pramipexole) is a treatment used alone or in combination with other drugs for the treatment of Parkinson’s Disease. It helps in the improvement of patients when it comes to their ability to move, and decrease tremor, slowed movement and stiffness. Likewise, it can also decrease the episodes of the sudden inability to move, also known as “on and off syndrome”.

In addition, Mirapex is used for the treatment of a medical condition known as restless legs syndrome or RLS. This causes the unusual feeling of moving the legs. This symptom occurs usually during the night along with uncomfortable feelings in the leg area. This drug can decrease these signs and symptoms, which makes way for patients to have a sleep improvement. Basically, Mirapex is a dopamine agonist that works by restoring the balance of the substance called dopamine in the brain.

What Is The Proper Way To Use Mirapex?

Mirapex is taken orally with or without food. However, ask your doctor first about taking this medication. If you take this medication with food, the effects of nausea will be reduced. If you want to limit the side effects of this medication, tell your doctor to start giving you with lower dosage. Then, slowly increase your dose until you reach the best dose. This medication must be taken according to the doctor’s prescription. Do not up your dose or take more than what the doctor directed.

If in case you stop taking Mirapex for several days, you have to increase your dosage slowly back to the past dose. You have to talk to your doctor how you will restart from taking this medication. Do not refrain from using this medication without the go signal coming from your doctor. Withdrawal reactions may take place, even though not likely, when you abruptly stop taking this medication. The dose is based on your condition and your response to the treatment. It is also important to take note that the effect of the medication will take a few weeks to be noticed.

The Right Dosage Of Mirapex And How It Should Be Taken

Mirapex tablets are effective and well received by the body over the range of 1.5mg to 4.5mg per day. It is then administered in three equally divided doses three times each day. In an earlier study of patients suffering from Parkinson’s dosages of 3mg, 4.5mg and 6mg every day were not able to provide any significant benefits in comparison to what was achieved at an everyday dose of 1.5mg/day. Mirapex must be protected from light and it should be stored in a safe place away reach of children.

What Are The Side Effects Of Mirapex?

If any of the side effects of Mirapex take place, it is important to seek help from the doctor immediately. Included here are the side effects of the medication:

  • Parkinson’s-Disease-PramipexoleDizziness
  • Nausea
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Weakness
  • Memory loss
  • Swelling of the body
  • Cough
  • Inability to swallow
  • Frequent urination
  • Loss of memory
  • Fever
  • Twitching
  • Anxiety
  • Chest pain

Some of the side effects of Mirapex may not require any medical attention. Your body will adjust to the effects of the medication during the course of the treatment; therefore, side effects will go away naturally.