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User Reviews for Pramipexole

Also known as: Mirapex, Mirapex ER

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Restless Legs Syndrome 95 reviews 15 medications
   
8.0
Periodic Limb Movement Disorder 4 reviews 13 medications
   
6.9
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5.9
Summary of Pramipexole reviews 105 reviews 6.9

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For Restless Legs Syndrome: "I take pramipexole for RLS caused by Parkinson's Disease. It does work very well for the RLS, however I did have some issues. While on the drug I had purchasing problems instead of gambling problems. I think it's affecting a region in my brain that makes it difficult to say "No" to issues like gambling and shopping. I knew what it was when my doctor asked me "Are you having problems with shopping and spending money?". That's when I made the connection. My doctor is switching me off of Pramipexole to Sertraline which is a drug for Parkinsons. While stepping down from Pramipexole I ran into sleep problems. I did not fall asleep for about 5 days! Wide awake! 5 days! I'm not going to use Pramipexole. Bad drug."

   
10

DuaneW May 11, 2016

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For Restless Legs Syndrome: "This medication destroyed my life. It did wonders for my restless legs syndrome and I could finally sleep. It had no side effects (at least that I was aware of at the time) Now, two years later I've filled for bankruptcy after gambling away all of my savings and assets. Before taking this medication, I had never had a problem with gambling. BEWARE OF THIS MEDICATION. IT CAN TURN YOU INTO A COMPULSIVE GAMBLER!!!"

   
1.0

Bankrupt (taken for 2 to 5 years) May 6, 2016

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For Restless Legs Syndrome: "This is in regards to my 83 year old father in law (FIL) and his taking pramipexole. He was switched to this med from ropinerole due to the same issues I am about to discuss. The fine print of side effects are what he, and consequently my husband and I are now dealing with. "...strong urges (such as increased gambling, increased sexual urges)..." Oh boy, this doesn't even come close. He does not see the problem, but when he is on either of these meds he is so far past being a dirty old man, I am shocked he's not been arrested yet. He is also belligerent and cannot be reasoned with. I am in the process of trying to get him changed again to something else. So, just a warning, if anyone sees this in yourself or someone else taking this."

   
5.0

The Daughter in Law (taken for 2 to 5 years) March 28, 2016

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For : "I have been on Mirapex twice in the treatment of my depression as an off label Dopamine booster. Love the drug. Least side effects of the many I have tried in my treatment cocktail. Hyper sexual behavior can be an issue for sure and other impulses. Wasn't as much of an issue till I became single. Now it gets annoying for sure."

   
9.0

WriterK (taken for 2 to 5 years) March 20, 2016

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Mirapex (pramipexole) for Periodic Limb Movement Disorder: "My husband had PLMD and Restless Legs for decades and it continued to get worse. He was given Mirapex and the first night it was if a miracle had happened. It completely stopped all the crazy movements that we both had endured. Life changing."

   
10

Margorie (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 18, 2016

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Mirapex (pramipexole) for Restless Legs Syndrome: "Have been suffering with rls for 10 yrs., at least. Tried Requip, neurontin, quinine, nothing worked. Started Mirapex 3 weeks ago. No more rls! I cant believe it. My life was hell. Even helps during the day. I started on .5 mg at 6pm. Daily. This has been a miracle for me, no side effects."

   
10

kitty90 March 18, 2016

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Mirapex (pramipexole) for Restless Legs Syndrome: "I use mirapex for restless leg syndrome and find it miraculous. Recommend it to my mother for her restless legs and she was so surprised at how well it worked."

Lovemyyorkies (taken for 2 to 5 years) January 31, 2016

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For Restless Legs Syndrome: "I started on pramipexole hydrochloride 6 years ago and at first suffered from jerking all the time. My head would always jerk to the left, my shoulders would jerk up and down and my legs shook all the time if I stood still or sat down. The recommended dosage didn't have any effect on the RLS at all and slowly the dose was raised. The jerking subsided after a few weeks and I was able to lead a happy life until a couple of months ago when it stopped working. It was wonderful for 6 years then over about a month it stopped having any effect whatsoever."

   
10

Pepsishazz January 30, 2016

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Mirapex (pramipexole) for Restless Legs Syndrome: "On requip several yrs when it stopped working. Switched to Mirapex 1 mg and had immediate relief. Now, 6 months later, RLS back for 3 to 4 hours at bedtime. Also some symptoms during day, so sometimes take .5 mgs during day with some relief. No significant side effects."

   
9.0

Oldvettechick December 28, 2015

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For Restless Legs Syndrome: "This is a Godsend. Quite literally. I suffered Restless Legs from the age of 25, increasing from a minor irritation at nights out at the theatre, to a complete nightmare for sleeping. Pramipexole stops it. 100%. What a relief. And the only significant side effect has been some weariness during the day. I usually take one, very rarely two (at 4:00pm then at 10:00pm)."

   
10

Misterhelpless (taken for 2 to 5 years) December 12, 2015

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Mirapex (pramipexole) for Restless Legs Syndrome: "I rated this based on how the medicine worked in the beginning. HOWEVER over time my symptoms became worse, would happen during the day, and I had to take the medication around 6pm to be effective by 10pm. I am now on a low dose of Tylenol 3 that I take 30 minutes before bed. In the three months I have been on this regimine, my daytime symptoms have disappeared. I have not had to increase dosage or felt the need to take the medicine at bedtime (major concern of Drs is becoming addicted to anything with codeine/ opiate). Also tried gabapentin. It was a nightmare."

   
7.0

Cathy w45 November 14, 2015

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For Restless Legs Syndrome: "I took this drug for the first time last night for my RLS. It was the worst night I have had in a long time. I was hot and sweaty all night, I threw up twice, and only got a couple hours of sleep. The headache I have is terrible. I will not be using this again."

   
1.0

Anonymous October 31, 2015

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For Restless Legs Syndrome: "I started taking Mirapex for RLS years ago. Then the generic Pramipexole came on the market and I switched from Mirapex to Pramipexole. I started having problems with gambling which I had never had before. I talked to my Doctor about it and she did not seem concerned. I have lost a great deal of money and have strained my relationship with my family and friends. I hate taking it but need something for RLS"

   
6.0

thisistupid October 18, 2015

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Mirapex (pramipexole) for Restless Legs Syndrome: "Very helpful with restless legs but bought on obsession to gamble."

   
7.0

drmikedaniels October 14, 2015

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Mirapex (pramipexole) for Restless Legs Syndrome: "I was prescribed Mirapex for my Restless Leg Syndrome in 2004 and took it until April of 2006. My dosage was increased to 1.5mg in August 2005. In October 2005, my Brother and Mother took me to the Niagara Casino, until then, I had never stepped into a Casino before, I knew nothing about those places. I won a jackpot. Started buying scratch and win cards at one store, then getting more with the winnings or free ticket at another store. Our plant closed at the end of February 2006. I started gambling and even thought of selling my Downtown condo and moving closer to the casino. When I mentioned to the Dr that I was gambling, he said "you're on Mirapex, stop taking it immediately". Turns out compulsive behavior is a side effect. All Okay now."

   
1.0

Galen555 October 11, 2015

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For Restless Legs Syndrome: "After 15 years of nightly Vicodin, and a false start with ropinirole (Requip; it gave me horrible hot flashes, and I'm a guy!!), we tried pramipexole. That was my magic bullet! After two months on .25 milligrams nightly, my doctor asked me to up it to .365 mg, and that is where I have stayed. I take it an hour before bed only. It has been a miracle for me as far as RLS!"

   
10

Melos Antropon October 10, 2015

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Mirapex (pramipexole) for Restless Legs Syndrome: "Mirapex is a great medication for RLS. I started taking it when it first came out. I was a little stuffy if for some reason I didn't fall asleep right away but I didn't notice any other side affects, which is why I'm commenting now. I am one of the lucky (sarcasm) ones who had severe side affects, incontrollable compulsive behavior. Gambling consumed my mind and almost ruined my life. I went to my doctor for help, he sent me to a psychiatrist and tested me for drugs but apparently had no knowledge of the side affects. Even the psychiatrist, who specialized in gambling addiction, had no knowledge of the Mirapex side affects. The people at gamblers anonymous didn't know about it, really, no one does and I'd like to change that."

   
9.0

Weezer1964 (taken for 10 years or more) September 29, 2015

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For Restless Legs Syndrome: "I have taken Mirapex an average of 4 nights per week for about 11 months. I have no restless leg when I take it at least an hour or so before the usual onset (for me, bed time). I am so very happy to have found such a simple cure to something that has plagued me and caused me problems for thirty years. Now I can even travel in an air plane or car in the evening and at night with no restless legs....a huge change for me. I am thrilled. I love it. I have not noticed any side effects."

   
10

Reo K September 8, 2015

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Mirapex (pramipexole) for Restless Legs Syndrome: "I have had RLS for 25 years, and within the past two years has gotten much more uncontrollable. Ten years ago I took Requip for awhile, but the drowsiness during the day was a bother, and the RLS wasn't much improved. Last month I started on Mirapex and the relief from RLS was almost immediate. I'm currently taking .250 mg. two hours before bedtime. The only bothersome side effect has been some increased urination urges during the night. I haven't noticed any problems with dizziness but I do have occasional Benign Positional Vertigo anyway, so it certainly isn't any worse. Overall, I would say Mirapex has done the trick."

   
8.0

gbeagle August 10, 2015

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Mirapex (pramipexole) for Restless Legs Syndrome: "Having taken Mirapex for 15 years, about 6 months ago it stopped working. I couldn't figure it all out, but decided to try adjusting my other meds. Then, I realized that I started taking anti-acids about 6 months ago. Sure enough, the antacid med was causing my problem. I started taking it at another time of the day, and the problem went away. Go on the internet and ask the question " do antacids interfere with Mirapex." You will get your answer"

   
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ubusybee (taken for 10 years or more) July 23, 2015

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For Restless Legs Syndrome: "Pramipexole has worked for my episodes of RLS, but it causes hallucinations that bother me far more than the RLS."

   
9.0

Prismatic (taken for 1 to 6 months) July 12, 2015

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Mirapex (pramipexole) for Restless Legs Syndrome: "I have had RLS since I went through my last growing spurt at the age of 14. I am now 35 and have tried every over the counter drug, herb and supplement known to man. Nothing helped. I tried Mirapex and though it did not always fully work, it worked sometimes, and if you have RLS you know that sometimes is pretty awesome. I started taking tramadol for back pain and for the last year me RLS is completely gone. The only problem is that tramadol was like taking cold medicine and down right horrible most days and the withdrawal can be life-threatening in my opinion. As we all know, any opiate taken right before bed completely cures RLS. But if you stop taking it, your RLS will be 100 times worse, of course the time spent sleeping is worth it!"

   
6.0

wazzup96 (taken for 2 to 5 years) July 4, 2015

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For Restless Legs Syndrome: "I took requip and stopped because after I took it for a few hours I would actually have horrible symptoms. I changed to Mirapex and now the same thing is happening. I saw one other person said that....why is this happening. My Dr says it can't be but I know it is."

   
2.0

wiggly (taken for 6 months to 1 year) June 21, 2015

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For Restless Legs Syndrome: "I am taking 0.125 1x daily. The drug works well after the initial 2 hours of taking it. The first 1-2 hours after taking it my symptoms actually intensify."

   
7.0

Bill8127 June 5, 2015

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Mirapex (pramipexole) for Restless Legs Syndrome: "Have had RLS since I was 10 years old (now 62 yrs old). In my 20's RLS really started causing me problems. I have had different types of medications, dosages and combinations. My doctor put me on .5 mg Mirapex three times a day. Usually only take it twice, afternoon and bedtime, unless I am having a bad day of RLS. Mirapex has been fantastic for me. If I am very active during the day, I take a pill in the morning. Never experienced side effects. Some evenings the RLS stays active, I get up take a 15 minute hot bath, back to bed, this seems to resolve this problem. Every nerve in my body now becomes unnerved for about 5 minutes 30 minutes after taking Mirapex. My Neurologist said the RLS is problem since I have had RLS for over 50 years."

   
10

Bublez April 18, 2015

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