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 1,015 561
RLS (Restless Legs Syndrome) 213 88
Restless feeling in legs 178 75
Tremor(s) 49 42
Stiffness/Spasticity 35 30
Periodic Limb Movement Disorder 22 13

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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 122
Moderate 210
Mild 178
None 264

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Pramipexole

Side effect Patients
Drowsiness 84
Weight gain 49
Nausea 41
Insomnia 36
Vivid dreams 26
Forgetfulness 23

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Pramipexole

Dosage Patients
1.5 mg daily 32
3 mg daily 15
0.25 mg daily 14
0.5 mg daily 13
1 mg daily 12
0.75 mg daily 11
4.5 mg daily 11
0.125 mg daily 10
0.5 mg three times daily 10
1 mg three times daily 10

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Why patients stopped taking Pramipexole

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 238
Doctor's advice 131
Did not seem to work 114
Other 51
Expense 28
Personal research 23
Change in health plan coverage 11
Course of treatment ended 9
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Duration

Currently taking Pramipexole

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 16
6 months - 1 year 13
1 - 2 years 31
2 - 5 years 58
5 - 10 years 68
10 years or more 35

Stopped taking Pramipexole

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 49
1 - 6 months 100
6 months - 1 year 76
1 - 2 years 84
2 - 5 years 110
5 - 10 years 32
10 years or more 4
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 606
Usually 121
Sometimes 17
Never taken as prescribed 30
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 27
Somewhat hard to take 93
A little hard to take 161
Not at all hard to take 493
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 33
$100-199 20
$50-99 52
$25-49 106
< $25 289
Not specified 274

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Pramipexole after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Ropinirole (Requip) 12
Rotigotine (Neupro Patch) 11
Carbidopa-Levodopa (Sinemet) 7
Rasagiline (Azilect) 7
Amantadine (Symmetrel) 2

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Patients stopped taking Pramipexole and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Carbidopa-Levodopa (Sinemet) 16
Ropinirole (Requip) 11
Rotigotine (Neupro Patch) 8
Amantadine (Symmetrel) 5
Armodafinil (Nuvigil) 1

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88 patient evaluations for Pramipexole

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babsinfisk
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babsinfisk
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: g
I have:
MS

See babsinfisk's full Pramipexole history

Oct 27, 2016 (Started Jul 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for RLS (Restless Legs Syndrome))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 1.5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I seem to take more and more. Already I'm up to 1.5 tabs
Cost: < $25 monthly

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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

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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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