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Mirapex ER is a Parkinson's disease medication approved for adults age 18 and older. As a dopamine agonist, this prescription medication works by binding to and stimulating dopamine receptors in the brain. Possible off-label uses of Mirapex ER include treating restless legs syndrome, fibromyalgia, and advanced Parkinson's disease.
What Is Mirapex ER Used For?Mirapex® ER™ (pramipexole ER) is a prescription medication approved for the treatment of Parkinson's disease. It is a once-daily, long-acting version of pramipexole.
Parkinson's disease is a progressive neurological disorder that results from the loss of neurons in a region of the brain that controls movement. This creates a shortage of the brain-signaling chemical (neurotransmitter) known as dopamine, causing movement problems that are characteristic of Parkinson's disease. The exact cause of Parkinson's disease is not currently known.
Although early symptoms of Parkinson's disease may be subtle, people will eventually develop a characteristic tremor (trembling or shaking) of a limb, especially when the body is at rest. As the disease progresses, symptoms may worsen and new ones may appear.
Depending on the severity of a person's symptoms, Parkinson's disease treatment can include:
- Medications (see Parkinson's Disease Medications)
- Lifestyle changes and support.
Mirapex ER is approved to treat early Parkinson's disease. It is not yet approved for treating advanced Parkinson's disease, as it has not been adequately studied for this use. However, it seems likely that it will be approved for that use at a later date, as the short-acting version, Mirapex, is approved for both early and advanced Parkinson's disease.