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Notify your healthcare provider immediately if you are taking Mirapex ER and experience symptoms such as hallucinations, muscle pain, or weakness. This medication may not be safe for people with certain medical conditions, such as kidney disease, low blood pressure, or dyskinesia. Other warnings and precautions with Mirapex ER apply to women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider Before Taking Mirapex ER?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Mirapex® ER™ (pramipexole ER) if you have:
- Kidney disease, including kidney failure (renal failure) or milder forms of kidney disease
- Low blood pressure (hypotension)
- Dyskinesia (a muscle movement disorder)
- Any allergies, including to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
Specific Mirapex ER Warnings and PrecautionsSome of the warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking Mirapex ER include the following:
- The medication may cause you to fall asleep during the day, sometimes without warning. This can be especially dangerous if you are driving a car or operating heavy machinery. In addition, this can happen long after you start taking Mirapex ER. Ask your healthcare provider if you should stop driving a car or operating heavy machinery while taking Mirapex ER.
- Mirapex ER can cause low blood pressure, especially when standing or sitting up too quickly. Take your time getting up, and let your healthcare provider know if you experience fainting or frequent dizziness.
- The medication can cause hallucinations. This side effect is most common in people taking Mirapex ER for Parkinson's disease and in elderly people. It is not a rare side effect; in some studies, up to 5 percent of people taking Mirapex ER experienced hallucinations. Let your healthcare provider know if you develop hallucinations while taking the drug. Also, let your friends, family, or caretakers know about this potential side effect, as they may be better able to identify the problem.
- There has been one case of rhabdomyolysis (a breakdown of muscle tissue that can lead to kidney damage) that may have been caused by the short-acting version of Mirapex ER. Make sure to report any severe muscle pain or weakness to your healthcare provider.
- Mirapex ER can worsen dyskinesia (a movement disorder that is a common side effect of levodopa, another Parkinson's medication). If you take Mirapex ER with a medication that contains levodopa (Parcopa®, Sinemet®, Sinemet® CR, Stalevo®), your healthcare provider may need to decrease your levodopa dosage.
- In animal studies, Mirapex ER caused damage to the retinas of the eyes in rats. Similar problems have been reported in human studies, but it is unclear if the risks are greater in people taking the drug, compared to the general public.
- Medications similar to Mirapex ER can cause serious problems if they are stopped too quickly. Signs of such problems include high fever, stiff muscles, and an altered state of consciousness. Although these problems have not been reported with Mirapex ER, the possibility cannot be ruled out.
- The kidneys remove Mirapex ER from the body. Therefore, if your kidneys are not functioning well, your healthcare provider may recommend a lower Mirapex ER dosage.
- Medications similar to Mirapex ER can cause serious lung, chest, and heart problems as the result of excessive formation of fibrous connective tissue. Rare cases of such problems have been reported with Mirapex ER, but it is not clear if these problems were caused by the drug or something else.
- People with Parkinson's disease have a higher risk of melanoma (a type of skin cancer). It is not known if this is due to Parkinson's disease medications or to other factors. Although Mirapex ER does not seem to increase the risk of melanoma, it cannot be ruled out, and regular skin cancer screenings are recommended.
- There have been a few reports of unusual compulsive behaviors, such as gambling, compulsive buying, or hypersexuality, in people taking Mirapex ER (see Mirapex ER and Impulse Control). Let your healthcare provider know if you develop any such behaviors while taking the drug. Also, let your friends, family, or caretakers know about this potential side effect, as they may be better able to identify the problem.
- Mirapex ER can potentially interact with several medications (see Mirapex ER Drug Interactions).
- Mirapex ER is considered a pregnancy Category C medication. This means that it may not be safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are not known (see Mirapex ER and Pregnancy).
- It is not known whether Mirapex ER passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start breastfeeding, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to taking the drug (see Mirapex ER and Breastfeeding).