Mirapex is a medication approved for treating Parkinson's disease and restless legs syndrome (RLS). As a type of dopamine agonist, this medicine acts like a naturally occurring brain chemical (dopamine) and helps prevent a dopamine deficiency. Mirapex comes in tablet form and is taken one to three times daily. Possible side effects include nausea, dizziness, and drowsiness.
What Is Mirapex?Mirapex® (pramipexole dihydrochloride) is a prescription medication approved to treat the following conditions:
- Parkinson's disease (both early and advanced forms)
- Moderate to severe restless legs syndrome (RLS).
How Does Mirapex Work?Mirapex is classified as a dopamine agonist. This means that it works much like dopamine, a naturally occurring brain chemical. The medication binds to dopamine receptors and stimulates them, much like natural dopamine.
Dopamine deficiency (caused by a loss of dopamine-producing cells) in certain parts of the brain may be responsible for many of the symptoms of Parkinson's disease. By using a medication that acts like dopamine, such as Mirapex, some of the symptoms of Parkinson's disease may be relieved.
It is not known exactly how or why the medication works for restless legs syndrome (RLS).