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Parkinson’s and RLS Medications

PARKINSON’S, RESTLESS LEG SYNDROME DRUGS LINKED TO SEVERE SIDE EFFECTS

Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative neurological disorder that affects movement, including tremors, stiffness, or slowing of movement. The symptoms of Parkinson’s disease continue to worsen as the disease progresses. The disease has no known cure, but there are medications that help treat some of the symptoms and improve quality of life. There are different kinds of medications prescribed to treat Parkinson’s disease, including:

  • Carbidopa and levodopa (taken orally or through a feeding tube).
  • Dopamine agonists, including Mirapex (pramipexole), Requip (ropinirole), Dostinex (cabergoline), and Permax (pergolide mesylate).
  • MAO-B inhibitors, such as Eldepryl and Zelapar (selegiline) and Azilect (rasagiline).
  • COMT inhibitors, including Comtan (entacapone) and Tasmar (Tolcapone).
  • Anticholinergics, such as Cogentin (benztropine).
  • Amantadine

Surgical procedures, including deep brain stimulation, may also be considered in patients with severe or advanced Parkinson’s disease.

Restless leg syndrome (RLS) is a condition characterized by discomfort and an uncontrollable urge to move your legs. The urge most often occurs when sitting or lying still, such as at night while attempting to sleep. People with Parkinson’s are sometimes diagnosed with RLS or have symptoms that are strikingly similar to RLS.

In addition, there are medications that are used to treat both disorders. Dopamine-increasing drugs, such as Mirapex and Permax, help reduce motion in the legs by increasing the level of dopamine in the brain. Mirapex and Permax can decrease muscle activity during REM and non-REM sleep, proving to be a benefit to RLS and Parkinson’s disease sufferers alike.

Unfortunately these drugs have been linked to severe side effects, including:

  • Heart failure linked to Mirapex
  • Heart valve injuries linked to Dostinex, Permax
  • Hallucinations
  • Sudden drowsiness during daily activities linked to Permax, Mirapex

INJURED BY A DANGEROUS PARKINSON’S OR RLS MEDICATION?

If you or a loved one have suffered from a serious adverse event after taking a Parkinson’s disease or RLS drug, you may be entitled to compensation. Our experienced drug injury attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends to evaluate your claim. Thomas J. Henry has the legal resources to bring the pharmaceutical companies to justice. Contact us today for a free case review.

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