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Published on Oct 04, 2007 by Edgar Snyder

Parkinson's Drug Mirapex Linked to Compulsive Gambling

Mirapex use may lead to gambling

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.

Please note: All of our lawyers are licensed to practice in the state of Pennsylvania. We also have lawyers licensed to practice in Maryland, Ohio, and West Virginia, and we associate with experienced attorneys in other states. In addition, all drug-related litigation may involve co-counsel.

Source: "Patients blame gambling compulsions on drug." By Nora Lockwood Tooher. Lawyers USA. September 24, 2007.
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