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Mirapex (Pramipexole Dihydrochloride) - Summary



MIRAPEX tablets contain pramipexole, a nonergot dopamine agonist.

Parkinson's Disease

MIRAPEX tablets are indicated for the treatment of the signs and symptoms of idiopathic Parkinson's disease.

Restless Legs Syndrome

MIRAPEX tablets are indicated for the treatment of moderate-to-severe primary Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS).

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Media Articles Related to Mirapex (Pramipexole)

TBI Patients at Risk for Parkinson's Disease: Psychiatric Times and Neurology Times
Source: MedPage Today Nephrology [2015.07.28]
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Parkinson's disease risk 'lowered by diabetes drug'
Source: Biology / Biochemistry News From Medical News Today [2015.07.23]
Diabetes patients treated with glitazone have a lower risk of developing Parkinson's disease, suggesting the target of the drug could be a fruitful target for the condition.

Parkinson's Disease Quiz: Test Your Medical IQ
Source: MedicineNet amantadine Specialty [2015.02.20]
Title: Parkinson's Disease Quiz: Test Your Medical IQ
Category: MedicineNet Quiz
Created: 8/23/2011 12:53:00 PM
Last Editorial Review: 2/20/2015 4:38:06 PM

Scripps Florida scientists' 'mad cow' discovery points to possible neuron killing mechanism behind Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases
Source: CJD / vCJD / Mad Cow Disease News From Medical News Today [2015.02.16]
Scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have for the first time discovered a killing mechanism that could underpin a range of the most intractable...

Parkinson's Disease
Source: MedicineNet Huntington Disease Specialty [2015.02.04]
Title: Parkinson's Disease
Category: Diseases and Conditions
Created: 12/31/1997 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 2/4/2015 12:00:00 AM

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Published Studies Related to Mirapex (Pramipexole)

Comparison of pregabalin with pramipexole for restless legs syndrome. [2014]
alternative... CONCLUSIONS: Pregabalin provided significantly improved treatment outcomes as

Dexpramipexole versus placebo for patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (EMPOWER): a randomised, double-blind, phase 3 trial. [2013]
phase 3 trial of patients with familial or sporadic disease... INTERPRETATION: Dexpramipexole was generally well tolerated but did not differ

Pramipexole in patients with early Parkinson's disease (PROUD): a randomised delayed-start trial. [2013]
with Parkinson's disease (PD)... INTERPRETATION: By clinical and neuroimaging measures, pramipexole showed little

Role and clinical utility of pramipexole extended release in the treatment of early Parkinson's disease. [2012]
The aim of this article is to provide a short review of the most relevant pharmacological and clinical data on pramipexole extended release (ER) as well as to address the clinical utility and potential advantages of a once-daily formulation especially in the treatment of early Parkinson's disease (PD)...

A multicenter randomized placebo-controlled clinical trial of pramipexole for Tourette's syndrome. [2012]
dopamine hypersensitivity in Tourette's syndrome... CONCLUSIONS: There was no evidence that pramipexole has efficacy in suppressing

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Clinical Trials Related to Mirapex (Pramipexole)

Overnight Switch Trial From Pramipexole Immediate Release (IR) to Pramipexole Extended Release (ER) in Patients With Early Parkinson Disease [Completed]
The objectives of this trial conducted in early Parkinson?s disease (PD) patients are:

- To assess if patients with early Parkinson?s disease (PD) can be successfully switched

(overnight switching) from Pramipexole IR to Pramipexole ER. A successful switch at a specific visit is defined as no worsening of the UPDRS parts II+III score by more than 15% from visit 2 and no drug-related adverse events leading to withdrawal;

- To establish if this successful switch can be obtained with or without dose-adaptation;

- To provide information about the conversion ratio (mg: mg) from Pramipexole IR to

Pramipexole ER.

Pramipexole as a Treatment for Cocaine Dependence [Recruiting]
The purposes of this study are as follows: 1. To assess the cardiovascular and subjective effects of cocaine during treatment with pramipexole and placebo. 2. To assess the reinforcing effects of cocaine, measured using choice procedures, during treatment with pramipexole and placebo.

Pramipexole for Binge Eating Disorder [Recruiting]

A 6 Week Trial to Study the Efficacy and Safety of a Starting Dose 0.25 mg Pramipexole (Mirapex) in Patients With RLS [Completed]
This trial is a 6-week, double-blind, randomized, active and placebo-controlled parallel-group study with a primary objective of comparison of starting doses of pramipexole fixed-dose (0. 25 mg daily) and pramipexole titrated-dose (0. 125 mg qd for 1 week, then 0. 25 mg qd for the remaining 5 weeks) wi th placebo to evaluate efficacy and safety in treating RLS symptoms in patients diagnosed with idiop athic RLS. The secondary objectives of this study will be to assess the onset of action of symptomatic relief o f RLS for pramipexole with daily assessment of PGI and modified IRLS during two intervals of the fir st 2 weeks (Days 2, 3 and 4 and Days 9, 10, and 11) and assessment of IRLS, PGI and CGI-I at Weeks 1

, 2, 4 and 6 (CGI-I additionally on Day 3).

Bipolar Study of Seroquel XR With Pramipexole Dihydrochloride [Recruiting]

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Reports of Suspected Mirapex (Pramipexole) Side Effects

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (99)Pathological Gambling (99)Emotional Distress (84)Pain (83)Compulsive Shopping (44)Suicidal Ideation (31)Hypersexuality (30)Depression (30)Somnolence (27)Hyperphagia (19)more >>


Based on a total of 6 ratings/reviews, Mirapex has an overall score of 7. The effectiveness score is 9 and the side effect score is 7. The scores are on ten point scale: 10 - best, 1 - worst. Below are selected reviews: the highest, the median and the lowest rated.

Mirapex review by 53 year old female patient

Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   Mild Side Effects
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Restless Leg Syndrome
Dosage & duration:   100 mg at bedtime taken daily for the period of ongoing
Other conditions:   high blood pressure; heartburn
Other drugs taken:   toprol xl; nexium
Reported Results
Benefits:   First treatment in 50 years that helped the constant but elusive pain in my nervous system, causing me to sleep an hour or two at a time at best. The pain is 100% gone when I take the mirapex ... back when I do not.
Side effects:   Can fall asleep at my desk or driving without much notice. Reduced the amount I was taking from 200 mg to the 100mg.
Comments:   I take it at bedtime nightly.


Mirapex review by 50 year old female patient

Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Marginally Effective
Side effects:   Moderate Side Effects
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   pain in legs (diagnosis Restless Leg Syndrome)
Dosage & duration:   50 mg taken 1 time per day for the period of 1 month
Other conditions:   none
Other drugs taken:   none
Reported Results
Benefits:   I had been to several doctors regarding pain in my thigh mostly. I had seen Orthopedic Dr, Family practice (2), Endocrinologist and finally Nuerologist, who prescribed the Mirapex. I did note slight improvement in leg pain however the weight gain issue was totally unacceptable to me and the benefit was only slight. I have had much better results with Lyrica.
Side effects:   Basically, I only noticed a huge weight gain of approximately 15 pounds. I do not really recall any further side effects. There were however, other side effects listed on the prescription contraindication form. I do not recall what the side effects listed on that form were now.
Comments:   he Doctor told me to take he medication at bed time each evening. she also suggested that I might find it useful to sleep with a contour pillow between my thighs. She said to get up and walk around rather than lie in bed tossing if I could not sleep. As for the weight gain, it was recommended that I try to excercise more and reduce caloric intake.


Mirapex review by medical professional caring for 50 year old male patient

Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   Extremely Severe Side Effects
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Parkinson's
Dosage & duration:   0.125 mg taken 1 x day for the period of 5 years
Other conditions:   HBV, HCV, opiate & cocaine addictions DIRECTLY pursuant to Pramipexole use
Other drugs taken:   Sinemet/Levodopa, Amantadine, Diphenhydramine, beer (Rx by neurologist), heroin & crack (self Rx)
Reported Results
Benefits:   Mirapex: tremor control
Side effects:   Mirapex: impulse control absence, induction of OCD symptoms, drug addiction (heroin, crack, etc.) and hepatitis B & C all pursuant to massive sexual and substance risk taking behaviors, loss of professional license, theft of $1million of clients' funds, gambled EVERYTHING away, lost everything, began inappropriate sexual relationships with prostitutes in home town and in Central America as well as with underaged females (who were often teenaged crack addicts), theft of EVERY SINGLE ITEM of any value from his extremely elderly wealthy father and from the rest of us, left crack in our young adult daughter's car, severing of relationships: WE have to protect ourselves from him and his evil-Mirapex reactions
Comments:   Subsequently: he got DBS implanted and has been able to reduce the Mirapex - BUT THE DAMAGE IS DONE

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