Hello! I am 74. I experienced some RLS during my pregnancies and then it started again in 1997 and has been a full time companion ever since. I was prescribed a low dose of Mirapex around 2001 and the doctor promised no side effects. Since thenl, I have moved and have a new doctor. My prescription now reads 3 X 0.5mg/day. I chew the first one around 5pm and the other two (one broken up and one whole) before I go to bed around 10. I have been on this dosage for at least 4 years. If I follow this regimen everything is fine. If I forget to take the pills on time, I not only have unbearable restless legs, but often experience the same symptoms in my arms.
I wish I wasn't dependent on this medicine. I tried magnesium spray as a substitute, but it had absolutely no effect. When I asked my doctor if I should follow any kind of protocol to stop Pramipexole I understood her to say I should be able to stop it any time I want cold turkey.
I have just discovered this community and read the sugested minimum/maximum dosage of Pramipexole. I am a little freaked out to be taking three times the maximum! I would stop it if there was anything else that worked as well and am interested in the promise of Low Dose Naltrexone but have no idea how to effectively change from one to another.