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Mirapex May Cause Heart Damage, Loss of Impulse Control

Many people are complaining that a popular drug used to treat Parkinson’s symptoms and restless legs is causing compulsive actions they cannot control. Now, an even newer study indicates the drug may also increase the risk of heart failure.

ABOUT MIRAPEX (PRAMIPEXOLE)

Mirapex is manufactured by Boehringer Ingelheim pharmaceuticals, and was originally co-marketed by Pfizer. It is available in a regular and extended-release formulation.

The drug is approved by the FDA for treatment of Parkinson’s and restless legs syndrome.

HEART FAILURE RISK

Recent studies have shown a possible connection between Mirapex and an increased risk of heart failure. The FDA notified healthcare officials about this discovery in September 2012 and is currently reviewing this possible link.

COMPULSIVE GAMBLING AND LOSS OF IMPULSE CONTROL

Mirapex has been positively linked to causing intense, hard-to-control urges, including:

  • Compulsive gambling
  • Irresistible urges to spend money uncontrollably
  • Increased sexual urges
  • Binge eating
  • Lack of impulse control in other areas.

The Mirapex label did not include a warning about compulsive gambling and other impulse control issues until 2005, but the manufacturer still denied a determinative link.

One man was awarded $8.2 million in a compulsive gambling case in 2008. He said that Mirapex caused him to become a compulsive gambler from 2002 to 2006.

IF YOU HAVE HAD ISSUES FROM MIRAPEX, CONTACT AN ATTORNEY RIGHT AWAY

If you or a loved one experienced heart failure or heart damage after taking Mirapex, or if you experienced irresistible urges to gamble or take part in other activities abnormal to you, then you should seek the advice of an attorney right away.

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