Mirapex Compulsive Behavior Lawsuits
Victims of Mirapex (pramipexole dihydrochloride), an FDA approved drug which is used to treat Parkinson’s Disease and restless leg syndrome, has been associated with compulsive behavior, including gambling addiction. Since its approval, scores of Mirapex users have claimed that they developed compulsive behaviors. This compulsive behavior is not limited to gambling addictions only, but people treated with Mirapex have suffered from other impulse control disorders such as sexual addictions, compulsive shopping and eating disorders. This compulsive behavior has led to the destruction of lives in the form of bankruptcies, suicide and broken marriages. The lawyers and attorneys at Jones Brown PLLC. are actively seeking victims of Mirapex and the destructive side effects associated with this drug.
What Is Mirapex?
Mirapex (pramipexole dihydrochloride) is made by Boehringer Ingelheim and was approved by the FDA in 1997 for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease symptoms and restless leg syndrome. Parkinson’s patients are most often diagnosed after the age of 50. Symptoms of Parkinson’s include tremors, stiff muscles and joints, poor posture, and a limited gate when walking. Parkinson’s Disease occurs due to a lack of the neurotransmitter dopamine being delivered to certain critical areas of the brain. In patients with Parkinson’s disease and restless leg syndrome, dopamine receptors may malfunction, causing involuntary muscle reflexes. Mirapex is a dopamine agonist and works by mimicking the effects of this chemical. Unfortunately, dopamine is also known to flood the brain of people who are anticipating a reward or excitement. Experts are of the opinion that such a biochemical reactions are behind the reports of compulsive behavior linked to Mirapex. The medication is licensed and distributed in North America by Pfizer USA, but it is patented and licensed by Boehringer Ingelheim Ltd., of Germany. Patients that were prescribed Mirapex allege they experience uncontrollable urges, often resulting in compulsive shopping, sexual addictions, eating disorders broken marriages, bankruptcy and host of psychological problems including depression and suicide.
Due to these reports from patients, the Mirapex package insert was changed to state adverse events include “accidents (including fall), compulsive behaviors (sexual and pathological gambling), fatigue, hallucinations (all kinds), headache, hypotension, libido disorder, syncope, and blackouts.”
A study conducted in 2003 raised concern about the possible side effects of taking Mirapex. The study, done by the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Research Center at Barrow Neurological Institute in Arizona, found that 1.5 percent of the Parkinson’s patients treated with Mirapex developed compulsive gambling behavior. This side effect occurred in patients taking Mirapex, but not with those taking other Parkinson medication. Another study presented at the International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders in 2008, found that more than 13 percent of Parkinson’s patients taking dopamine agonists suffered from at least one of the four severe behavioral addictions linked to Mirapex use: compulsive gambling, sexual addictions, compulsive shopping and eating disorders.
These side effects experienced by Mirapex users have resulted in bankruptcies, broken marriages, depression and even suicide. As a result of these impulse control problems, lawsuits against Pfizer and Boehringer Ingelheim are underway in an attempt to hold these companies accountable for marketing a dangerous drug and placing profits over the safety of their customers. If you or a loved one has developed a compulsive behavioral problem following Mirapex use, you may be eligible for compensation; however, there are strict deadlines plaintiffs must meet when filing dangerous drug lawsuits.
Do You Qualify For a Mirapex Lawsuit?
Manufacturers’ Pfizer and Boehringer Ingelheim have failed to adequately warn consumers about the potential Mirapex side effects. Financial compensation may be available for patients who experienced uncontrollable urges, often resulting in compulsive shopping, sexual addictions, eating disorders broken marriages, bankruptcy and host of psychological problems including depression and suicide.
Our nationwide network experienced attorneys and medical staff here at Jones Brown Law are ready to help those who have been effected by those prescribed Mirapex. We strive to make working with us as simple, easy and uncomplicated as possible.
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