Effects of MirapexStudies have shown that Mirapex can help treat both early and advanced forms of Parkinson's disease. This medication was studied in people with early Parkinson's disease who were not yet taking levodopa (one of the most commonly used medications for Parkinson's) and in people with advanced Parkinson's disease who had been taking levodopa for quite some time. In both cases, Mirapex helped improve the symptoms of Parkinson's.
Studies have also shown that Mirapex can help treat the symptoms of RLS. In one study, 72 percent of people taking the drug reported RLS symptoms that were "much improved" or "very much improved," compared to just 51.2 percent of people taking a placebo (a "sugar pill" that does not contain any active ingredients).
When and How to Take ItGeneral considerations for when and how to take 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 your dosage(s) 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 stop taking the drug suddenly without first talking to your healthcare provider.
Dosing InformationThe dose of Mirapex your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- How you respond to the drug (especially if you develop bothersome side effects)
- How well your kidneys function
- Other medications you are taking
- Other medical conditions you may have.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
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