What is Miraprex?
Mirapex, which is also known as pramipexole, is prescribed to treat symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease and other movement disorders like Restless Legs Syndrome. Mirapex is manufactured and distributed by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, a company headquartered in Germany, and by Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, headquartered in New York. According to a study by Mayo Clinic doctors released in July 2005, the drug Mirapex may cause compulsive gambling addictions. Patients have complained that since taking the medication they are feeling powerful urges to gamble, shop, eat compulsively and engage in excessive sexual activity. Due to these reports, 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.”
Currently, consumers of the drug are investigation potential lawsuits against the manufacturer and there is at least one lawsuit pending in Canada. If you are taking Mirapex and have suffered from unusual behaviors, such as a powerful need to gamble, shop, or engage is sexual activity, contact a local attorney.