Mirapex is primarily used for treating symptoms of Parkinson's disease and restless legs syndrome (RLS). This prescription medication works by acting like a naturally occurring chemical in the brain, called dopamine. Off-label Mirapex uses include treating secondary RLS, fibromyalgia, and tremors not due to Parkinson's disease. Mirapex is not approved for use in children.
Mirapex Uses: An OverviewMirapex® (pramipexole dihydrochloride) is a prescription medication used to treat Parkinson's disease and restless legs syndrome (RLS). It belongs to a group of medications known as dopamine agonists.
Mirapex Uses for RLSRestless legs syndrome (RLS) is a neurological disorder characterized by unpleasant sensations in the legs and an almost uncontrollable urge to move when at rest in an effort to relieve these feelings. In some people, the cause of RLS is known. These cases are known as secondary RLS, because the RLS is secondary to another condition, such as pregnancy, anemia, or Parkinson's disease. However, for many people, the restless legs syndrome causes cannot be identified; these cases are known as primary RLS (see Types of Restless Legs Syndrome for more information).
Common symptoms of restless legs syndrome include:
- Unpleasant sensations in the legs, often described as creeping, crawling, tingling, pulling, or painful
- An irresistible urge to move the legs
- Leg discomfort that gets worse when lying down or sitting for long periods of time
- The need for constant movement of the legs (or other affected body parts) to lessen discomfort
- Uncontrollable leg (and sometimes arm) movements during sleep
- Daytime sleepiness.
Although there is no cure for restless legs syndrome, some forms of treatment for may help lessen RLS symptoms. For secondary RLS that has an identifiable cause, treatment may focus on the underlying cause. For primary RLS, which has no identifiable cause, medication may be necessary. Mirapex is approved to help treat moderate to severe primary RLS.