Mirapex / Pramipexole

Modified on 2009/10/14 21:36 by admin
Mirapex, also known as pramipexole, is used to treat symptoms of Parkinson's disease, including tremors and slow, stiff movements. Mirapex works by mimicking the effects of dopamine, a chemical produced in the brain that controls movement. Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1997, Mirapex is made by Connecticut-based Boehringer-Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc. While Mirapex controls symptoms of Parkinson's, it does not cure the disease.

Side effects of Mirapex include, but may not be limited to, involuntary movements, drowsiness, upset stomach, constipation, heartburn, frequent urination and decrease in sexual appetite.

A report published in the July 2005 issue of Archives of Neurology details a study conducted by researchers at the Mayo Clinic on the effects of Mirapex. According to the report, researchers discovered that dozens of patients using Mirapex or a similar drug had developed a serious gambling addiction. The medication's package insert includes a label warning consumers of its link to compulsive behavior. Several patients reportedly lost thousands of dollars gambling while using Mirapex.

See your doctor if you have experienced serious side effects associated with Mirapex. In addition, it may be important to contact an attorney who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits within which you must commence suit.

See Also

  1. Parkinson's Disease Drugs: Overview
  2. Addiction: Overview
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