Mirapex ER is a dopamine agonist drug that may be prescribed to reduce symptoms for those in the early stages of Parkinson’s disease (PD). These include slow movements, tremors, and impaired coordination or balance.
By diagnosing Parkinson’s disease early enough, taking Mirapex ER can postpone the need for Levodopa therapy. Levodopa can cause motor fluctuations when taken long-term so it can be to your advantage to put off taking this medication for as long as your symptoms allow.
Mirapex ER works to balance dopamine levels in the part of your brain that controls movement and keep the nerve-firing patterns working normally. Dopamine is one of the many neurotransmitters in your brain and other parts of your body. In your brain, dopamine is in charge of sending signals between a structure in your midbrain, called the substantia nigra which has a major role in reward and movement, and other regions of your brain.
The loss of dopamine results in your symptoms of PD so when you begin taking Mirapex ER, dopamine levels rise and you are able to walk steadier and safer and the tremors are calmed down. This allows you to do your daily routine without the frustration of not being to eat without spilling or walk without faltering.
Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a degenerative condition of the central nervous system that is both chronic and progressive. Many experts feel that PD is a result of environmental and genetic factors that may vary from person to person. These factors have a hand in the reason for nerve cells dying or becoming impaired so they are no longer able to produce dopamine efficiently. As the level of this brain chemical drops, symptoms can begin to appear. Taking Mirapex ER will help suppress these symptoms, but it is not a cure. As PD progresses, your doctor may recommend another medication to take with Mirapex ER so you can still enjoy doing your daily tasks.
Advise your doctor of other medical conditions or allergies you have before taking Mirapex ER and list any current OTC or Rx medicine you take or use and include any herbal remedies and dietary or vitamin supplements as well. This will help your doctor to determine if Mirapex ER is the right medicine for you.
You should not take part in any tasks or activities until you are sure how Mirapex ER will affect you. Blood pressure should be carefully monitored during treatment with Mirapex ER, as this medication can occasionally cause it to drop. Be aware that some individuals experienced an increase in certain urges that included gambling.
Only immediate-release Mirapex is approved for treating restless leg syndrome.