What is Pramipexole?

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Pramipexole is an anti-Parkinson's agent that is used to treat symptoms of Parkinson's Disease, such as stiffness, tremors, muscle spasms, and poor muscle control and for moderate to severe primary restless legs syndrome. It may also be used for the treatment of depression.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Parkinson's disease 1,087 619
Restless legs syndrome 250 120
Restless feeling in legs 181 79
Tremor(s) 50 42
Stiffness/spasticity 36 30
Periodic limb movement disorder 24 14

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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe
132
Moderate
223
Mild
210
None
305

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Pramipexole

Side effect Patients
Drowsiness 87
Weight gain 51
Nausea 46
Insomnia 39
Vivid dreams 27
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 25

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Pramipexole

Dosage Patients
1.5 mg daily 30
1 mg daily 22
0.5 mg daily 20
0.75 mg daily 19
3 mg daily 18
0.125 mg daily 16
0.25 mg daily 16
0.5 mg three times daily 15
1 mg three times daily 13
0.25 mg three times daily 10

See all 58 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Pramipexole

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 252
Doctor's advice 141
Did not seem to work 127
Other 54
Expense 28
Personal research 25
Change in health plan coverage 11
Course of treatment ended 10
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Duration

Currently taking Pramipexole

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 13
6 months - 1 year 9
1 - 2 years 33
2 - 5 years 85
5 - 10 years 93
10 years or more 43

Stopped taking Pramipexole

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 56
1 - 6 months 105
6 months - 1 year 79
1 - 2 years 92
2 - 5 years 116
5 - 10 years 36
10 years or more 5
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 689
Usually 130
Sometimes 17
Never taken as prescribed 34
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 31
Somewhat hard to take 101
A little hard to take 174
Not at all hard to take 564
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 33
$100-199 20
$50-99 53
$25-49 119
< $25 332
Not specified 313

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Pramipexole after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Ropinirole (Requip) 22
Carbidopa-Levodopa (Sinemet) 13
Rotigotine (Neupro Patch) 11
Rasagiline (Azilect) 7
Amantadine (Symmetrel) 4

Show all 16 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Pramipexole and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Carbidopa-Levodopa (Sinemet) 28
Ropinirole (Requip) 16
Rotigotine (Neupro Patch) 10
Amantadine (Symmetrel) 6
Carbidopa-Entacapone-Levodopa (Stalevo) 3

Show all 17 treatments patients report switching to

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90 patient evaluations for Pramipexole

Nov 4, 2017 (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
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: gambling urges, nausea and vomiting

Aug 10, 2017 (Started Oct 01, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (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
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: gambling urges, nausea and vomiting

May 25, 2017 (Started Oct 01, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (gambling urges, nausea and vomiting)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very 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 17, 2017 (Started Oct 01, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    Mild (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 before taking the drug
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: gambling urges, nausea and vomiting

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

  • 0 helpful marks

Aug 24, 2017 (Started Jan 15, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for restless legs syndrome)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.75 mg Daily

Aug 27, 2016 (Started Jan 15, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for restless legs syndrome)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.75 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Jun 13, 2017 (Started Jul 01, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 0.125 mg Five times daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 14, 2016 (Started Jul 01, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: do not suddenly go on or off this med. Though I have not had issues, many people do with sudden large increases/decreases. Otherwise it works well for me in conjunction with Carbidopa/levodopa.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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