Attention Mirapex users – are you aware that your medication for Parkinson’s disease or Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) may have a rare but serious side effect? Many cases have been reported of Mirapex causing otherwise frugal or money-conscious individuals to succumb to severe compulsive gambling.
The side effect is rare for a prescription drug, but more and more Mirapex users are stepping forward to reveal their tragic stories. A retired laborer who never gambled a day in his life began to borrow money from family and friends after he spent his $150,000 retirement savings at a local casino. Another story tells of a person who was barred from United States casinos after losing over $1 million and began traveling overseas to gamble.
In 2005, Mirpaex added a small warning regarding its connection to gambling behavior. The drug was sold from 1997 up until the label was amended without any warning of a gambling risk. Many people believe that the drug manufacturer, Boehringer Ingelheim, withheld important research information regarding Mirapex’s connection to a risk of compulsive gambling.