This medicine contains the active ingredient pramipexole. It belongs to a group of medicines called dopamine agonists (for raising the amount of dopamine in the brain when the cells that naturally produce dopamine are damaged or destroyed). Pramipexole is prescribed when the low level of dopamine causes nerve messages to the muscles to become low (Parkinson's disease) which is symptomized by stiffness, shaking, tremor and slowness of movement.
Is Pramipexole suitable for me?
Pramipexole is not suitable for everyone. Do not use it
- if you are allergic to pramipexole or to other ingredients of this medicine
In particular, you must tell the doctor if you:
- have problems with your kidneys
- have hallucinations
- have Dyskinesia (e.g. abnormal, uncontrolled movements of the limbs)
- suffer from sleepiness and episodes of suddenly falling asleep
- have psychosis (comparable with symptoms of schizophrenia)
- have serious heart or blood vessels disease
- are pregnant, trying to get pregnant or have just given birth
Pramipexole interacts with other medicines. It is most important that you tell the doctor all the medications and herbal supplements that you are currently taking.
See the package leaflet for a complete list of possible contraindications and warnings.
How should I take Pramipexole?
This medicine is available in form of a tablet.
You should take pramipexole exactly as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist.
- The usual starting dose is 0.26 mg per day.
- The usual maintenance dose is 1.1 mg per day.
- The maximum dose is 3.3 mg per day.
Do not use more of it, do not use it more often, or do not use it for a longer time than your doctor instructed. Also, this medicine works best if there is a constant amount in the blood. To help keep this amount constant, do not miss any doses and take the medicine at the same time each day. Do not take two doses together if you miss a dose.
Read the information leaflet provided with your medication for additional information. Talk to your doctor if you have any additional questions.
What are Pramipexole side effects?
Like all medicines pramipexole can cause side effects, including:
- dyskinesia (e.g. abnormal, uncontrolled movements of the limbs)
- urge to behave in an unusual way
- hallucinations (seeing, hearing or feeling things that are not there)
- excess of fluid, usually in the legs (peripheral edema)
- hypotension (low blood pressure)
- abnormal dreams
- visual impairment
- weight loss including decreased appetite
Consult a doctor if the side effects are severe. See the package leaflet for a complete list of side effects.