Pramipexole is a medication marketed under the names Mirapex and Mirapex ER. Doctors use this medication for two conditions: Parkinson’s disease and restless legs syndrome (RLS). It helps to know the risks and side effects, as well as the capacity for triggering dangerous drug interactions.

Medication Use

Pramipexole belongs to class of substances called dopamine agonists. This means the medication increases the levels of a chemical inside your brain called dopamine. One of the most important roles is producing electrochemical responses that make it possible to control muscles. Mirapex is often prescribed for people with Parkinson’s disease, which gradually kills off the brain’s dopamine-producing cells. It is also prescribed for restless leg syndrome.

Side Effects

Some side effects of Mirapex can produce a range of side effects that only cause concern when they appear in severe form or longer for long periods of time. This may include:

  • Painful joints
  • A confused mental state
  • Memory problems
  • Appetite loss
  • Insomnia
  • Unusual sleepiness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Strange dreams
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Heartburn

Medication Interactions

Mirapex can cause problems when used in combination of medications. The list of medications must be reported prior to using the drug. These drugs include:

  • Antidepressants
  • Anti-anxiety drugs
  • Antihistamine and allergy meds
  • Parkinson’s treatment levodopa
  • Sedative and tranquilizers
  • Anti-seizure drugs

Mirapex can produce unusual sleepiness so doctors warn people not to drive or engage in other activities. Mothers who breastfeed cannot take Mirapex due to side effects to the unborn child.

ns a comprehensive list of the guidelines to follow while taking pramipexole/Mirapex. It is best to consult a physician prior to starting this medication, especially if you are in rehab and recovery from substance abuse.

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