Pramipexole

Where is Pramipexole used?

Pramipexole is a prescription used for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. It is a neurodegenerative disorder that leads to progressive deterioration of motor function. It occurs because of a loss of dopamine-producing brain cells.

A person with Parkinson’s disease can also experience a wide range of other physical and psychological symptoms such as:

  • Balance problems
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Problems sleeping or insomnia
  • Loss of sense of smell
  • Memory problems

This medicine is a dopamine agonist that helps restore the balance of certain natural substances in the brain. It improves your ability to move and can lessen shakiness or tremor. It also decreases slowed movement, stiffness, and unsteadiness. This is a prescription already approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

How does Pramipexole work?

Pramipexole works by copying the activity of dopamine. Dopamine is a substance known as a neurotransmitter. It is present in the nervous system and brain. These neurotransmitters are involved in transferring messages between nerves. These messages permit the usual functioning of the body. Dopamine is known to be decreased or absent in the brains of individuals with Parkinson’s disease. This is assumed to be the cause of symptoms of the disease. Dopamine usually transfers messages by stimulating precise receptor sites in the brain. This medication stimulates these same receptor sites. This creates the same effects as dopamine and functions as a dopamine substitute. This way, Pramipexole helps to restore dopamine activity in the brain which helps lessen the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.

How is Pramipexole taken?

The recommended dose is based on your medical condition. Your doctor may direct you to start at a lower dose and eventually increase it. You should take the right dose, not more or less.

Pramipexole is to be taken by mouth with a full glass of water usually once a day. You may take each dose with or without a meal. Taking this medicine with a meal may decrease nausea. This medication may take 2 to 6 weeks to start taking an effect.

What are the possible side effects of Pramipexole?

Common side effects:

  • Nausea
  • Stomach pain
  • Dry mouth
  • Constipation
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Drowsiness
  • Sleep problems
  • Blurred vision

What are the precautions in taking Pramipexole?

  • Pramipexole is not recommended in people with heart disease.
  • During pregnancy and breastfeeding, this drug should not be used.
  • Do not share this prescription with others even if they have the same symptoms as yours.
  • Inform your doctor if you have current medications including herbal supplements or vitamins.
  • You should not take a dose of this drug if you are allergic to it. Let your doctor know right away before using Pramipexole.
  • This medication may occasionally cause your blood pressure to drop when you move from lying down when you first take this drug.
  • This can cause sleepiness, people may experience a sudden onset of sleep during their daily activities. People who have experienced sleepiness or an episode of sudden onset sleep while having this drug should not drive or use any machinery.
  • Changes in behavior, increase sex drive, compulsive shopping, and binge eating have been reported in people having this medication.