What is Mirapex?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Generic name: Pramipexole

Mirapex is a brand name for pramipexole. It is used to treat Parkinson's Disease symptoms, such as stiffness, tremors, muscle spasms, and poor muscle control; also used to treat restless legs syndrome.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Parkinson's Disease 505 263
Restless feeling in legs 135 59
RLS (Restless Legs Syndrome) 81 30
Stiffness/Spasticity 31 22
Tremor(s) 31 22
Fibromyalgia 16 8

Show all 71 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 72
Moderate 125
Mild 86
None 105

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Mirapex

Side effect Patients
Drowsiness 57
Weight gain 34
Insomnia 30
Nausea 23
Vivid dreams 21
Forgetfulness 17

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Mirapex

Dosage Patients
1.5 mg daily 9
0.5 mg daily 5
0.75 mg daily 5
0.125 mg daily 4
0.25 mg daily 4
3 mg daily 4
4.5 mg daily 4
1 mg daily 3
0.25 mg three times daily 2
1.25 mg daily 2

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Why patients stopped taking Mirapex

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 150
Doctor's advice 75
Did not seem to work 63
Other 34
Expense 20
Personal research 9
Change in health plan coverage 4
Course of treatment ended 4
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Duration

Currently taking Mirapex

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 7
5 - 10 years 25
10 years or more 19

Stopped taking Mirapex

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 26
1 - 6 months 56
6 months - 1 year 47
1 - 2 years 53
2 - 5 years 67
5 - 10 years 20
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 302
Usually 62
Sometimes 7
Never taken as prescribed 17
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 16
Somewhat hard to take 47
A little hard to take 91
Not at all hard to take 234
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 21
$100-199 12
$50-99 21
$25-49 58
< $25 144
Not specified 132

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Mirapex after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Ropinirole (Requip) 3
Rotigotine (Neupro Patch) 3
Carbidopa-Levodopa (Sinemet) 1
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 1
Pramipexole (Mirapex) 1

Show all 6 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Mirapex and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Carbidopa-Levodopa (Sinemet) 5
Amantadine (Symmetrel) 2
Ropinirole (Requip) 2
Rotigotine (Neupro Patch) 2
Armodafinil (Nuvigil) 1

Show all 7 treatments patients report switching to

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61 patient evaluations for Mirapex

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margie99
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margie99
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
On
Mouth/throat: mild
Arms: mild
Chest: mild
Legs: moderate
I am: g
I have:
Parkinson's

See margie99's full Mirapex history

Oct 10, 2016 (Started Oct 01, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.5 mg Four times daily
Advice & Tips: No problems
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Gambling urges, Nausea and vomiting

Sep 14, 2016 (Started Oct 01, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Gambling urges, Nausea and vomiting)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 0.5 mg Four times daily
Advice & Tips: Eat crackers.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Gambling urges, Nausea and vomiting

Jul 10, 2016 (Started Oct 01, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 0.5 mg Four times daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Gambling urges, Nausea and vomiting

Sep 16, 2015 (Started Oct 01, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Gambling urges, Nausea and vomiting)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.5 mg Four times daily
Advice & Tips: Eat crackers when taking it to help with nausea
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Gambling urges, Nausea and vomiting

Jan 24, 2011 (Started Oct 01, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Side effects
    Severe (Gambling urges, Nausea and vomiting)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 3.5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Severly vomiting. Stopped the drug.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Gambling urges, Nausea and vomiting

Aug 26, 2008 (Started Oct 01, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Gambling urges)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 1.5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Good medicine for Parkinsons, but can make you want to gamble.
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: Gambling urges, Nausea and vomiting

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reikihh
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reikihh
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
On
Mouth/throat: mild
Arms: mild
Chest: mild
Legs: mild
I am: g
I have:
Parkinson's

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Apr 20, 2016 (Started Oct 19, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for RLS (Restless Legs Syndrome))
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Drowsiness, Weight gain, Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence))
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 1.5 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Weight gain, Drowsiness, Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence)

Nov 10, 2014 (Started Oct 19, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for RLS (Restless Legs Syndrome))
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Drowsiness, Weight gain, Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence))
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 1.5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: For a brief time I took this in its XR formula with great success. It seemed not to cause as much daytime somnolence in this form. But it was a 4th Tier drug and my cost for 3 months was $600. I tried it for 3 months & then went to the immediate release. I am struggling with drowsiness & trying to remember the noon dose.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Weight gain, Drowsiness, Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence)

Oct 14, 2011 (Started Oct 19, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Drowsiness, Weight gain, Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Weight gain, Drowsiness, Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence)

Mar 15, 2010 (Started Oct 19, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Drowsiness, Weight gain, Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence))
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 1 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: It eliminates the restless legs syndrome I used to suffer with.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Weight gain, Drowsiness, Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence)

Jan 7, 2009 (Started Oct 19, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Drowsiness, Weight gain, Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence))
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 1 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Weight gain, Drowsiness, Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence)

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suzzie
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suzzie
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Sensation: Severe
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: severe
I am: vg
I have:
MS

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Mar 15, 2014 (Started Apr 06, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Restless feeling in legs)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2 mg Daily

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