I have been taking mirapex for several years and am taking the maximum dosage allowed me.which is 4 mg. first it takes up to 2 hrs for it to begin to work if indeed it will work at all. If I am overtired or have any alcohol to drink it is not very effective at all but it's better than nothing and tossing and turning or walking around all night is devastating for my hurting back. Therefore when my doctor told me about Gabapentin which is supposed to work for RLS, sleep, and pain ( I live in constant pain from scoliosis) . I wasn't told to substitute the gabapentin but since I have already taken the mirapex I am going to give the Gabapentin a try before bed as directed. How wonderful it would be if it works and no side effects.
Speaking of side effects it has just dawned on me after reading someone else's blog, that my ability to sit upright at a dinner table and converse with a guest while actually being asleep might be s side effect of the mirapex. Sometimes this will happen and I will see a strange expression on my companions face and realize I have been talking unrelated to anything. I will ask if what I've been saying was making sense and the confused, amused person will say no. Then I have to explain that I'm very tired and they realize it's time to go. Has anyone experienced anything like this? Also, at early morning meetings I can hardly keep still or keep mr eyes open I now sit at the back of the room and miss half of what's happening. RLS is very real and very disruptive and finally doctors are willing to recognize it.