WHAT IS IT?
Pramipexole is a nonergot dopamine agonist. It has a chemical structure very similar to dopamine and can bind dopamine receptors directly. It does not have to be metabolized to be active.
WHEN DO WE USE IT?
Parkinson disease: dopamine agonists (like this medication) is often a first-line treatment for early disease.
Restless leg syndrome is often treated with dopamine agonists.
WHEN DO WE AVOID USING IT?
This medication should be avoided in patients with known hypersensitivity to the medication.
HOW IS IT ADMINISTERED?
This medication is administered orally.
WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS/TOXICITY?
Somnolence, hallucinations, compulsive gambling
Page Updated: 07.31.2016