Mirapex Dosage for Parkinson's DiseaseMirapex must be started at a low dose and slowly increased in order to reduce the risk of Mirapex side effects. Your healthcare provider may increase your Mirapex dose in the following manner until your Parkinson's disease symptoms are controlled or until you experience side effects:
- Week 1 -- Mirapex 0.125 mg three times daily
- Week 2 -- Mirapex 0.25 mg three times daily
- Week 3 -- Mirapex 0.5 mg three times daily
- Week 4 -- Mirapex 0.75 mg three times daily
- Week 5 -- Mirapex 1 mg three times daily
- Week 6 -- Mirapex 1.25 mg three times daily
- Week 7 -- Mirapex 1.5 mg three times daily.
If you also take levodopa (Sinemet®, Parcopa®, Stalevo®), your healthcare provider may need to lower your levodopa dosage while you take Mirapex.
If you have kidney disease, including kidney failure or milder kidney problems, your healthcare provider may recommend a lower Mirapex dosage. For Parkinson's disease treatment, Mirapex should not usually be stopped suddenly. In most cases, it should be slowly stopped over a period of one week.
General Information on Dosing With MirapexConsiderations for people taking Mirapex include the following:
- The medication comes in tablet form. It is taken by mouth three times daily when used for Parkinson's disease. When used to treat RLS, Mirapex is taken by mouth once daily about two to three hours before bedtime.
- You can take Mirapex with or without food. If the medication bothers your stomach, try taking it with a little food.
- Make sure to take Mirapex at the same time(s) each day to maintain an even level in your blood.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Mirapex will not work if you stop taking it. Do not suddenly stop taking Mirapex without first talking to your healthcare provider.
- If you are unsure about anything related to Mirapex or your Mirapex dosage, please talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.