Mirapex Uses (pramipexole) is an oral medication used for the treatment of moderate to severe primary restless legs syndrome (RLS). Restless legs syndrome is a medical condition that is described as an urge to move the legs. This desire to move is often coupled with unpleasant sensations occurring in the legs that are relieved by movement.
Mirapex is prescribed to treat moderate to severe primary restless legs syndrome, and can also be used in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. Mirapex, a member of the class of drugs called “dopamine agonists,” works by imitating the actions of dopamine in the brain, which also helps to control the tremors in smooth muscle that is associated with Parkinson’s disease.
Mirapex was approved by the FDA in 1997 for the treatment of RLS.
The most common side effects associated with Mirapex are headache, nausea, dizziness, drowsiness, trouble sleeping, constipation, unusual weakness, stomach upset and pain, headache and dry mouth. Mirapex can also cause excessive daytime sleepiness.
A Mayo Clinic study released in July of 2005 suggested a possible link between Mirapex and compulsive gambling disorder. This study built upon past studies that found a connection between dopamine agonist drugs and a general rise in compulsive disorders. Mirapex may also cause you to fall asleep without any warning, even while doing normal daily activities such as driving, and some patients have reported having hallucinations while on the drug.
Mirapex is contraindicated in patients who have any problems with low blood pressure, dizziness, or becoming light-headed, female patients who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or are planning to become pregnant, patients who drink alcohol or smoke cigarettes, and/or patients who suffer from a sleeping disorder or kidney disease.
What is restless legs syndrome?
Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a sensorimotor disorder characterized by abnormal or unpleasant sensations occurring in the legs. These unpleasant sensations can lead to an overwhelming urge to move the legs. Restless legs syndrome gets worse during periods of inactivity or when relaxing, especially during the evening. Restless legs syndrome is sometimes mistaken as a sleep disorder when in fact it is a movement disorder that can affect sleep.
What is the difference between primary and secondary restless legs syndrome?
The cause of primary restless legs syndrome is unknown. Research has shown that half of the time primary restless legs syndrome can be traced to a family history. Secondary restless legs syndrome only occurs as a result of an underlying medical condition such as iron deficiency, end-stage renal disease, pregnancy, diabetes, or Parkinson’s disease. Mirapex is not indicated for the treatment of secondary RLS.
What are the symptoms of Restless Legs Syndrome?
While Restless Legs Syndrome symptoms can vary from person to person, they are generally described as burning, creeping, crawling, aching, tingling, or tugging sensations in the legs. These sensations often occur in the lower legs, deep inside the leg. These sensations can also occur in the feet, thighs, trunk, and arms.
Are you experiencing any OCD behavior from Mirapex?
Patients and caregivers should be informed that impulse control disorders/compulsive behaviors may occur while taking Mirapex.
Can I file a lawsuit if I have suffered damages from taking Mirapex?
Possibly. While all medications have certain, anticipated side effects, a drug manufacturer has a duty to inform physicians adequately regarding the known risks associated with its drugs. If a manufacturer fails to do so, it can be held responsible to patients who are injured as the result of inadequate warnings, under a legal theory known as “product liability.” Depending upon the particular circumstances of your case, damages may include recovery for any of the following:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Past and future pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Emotional distress
If you or a loved one has experienced any health problems while taking Mirapex, you should contact your doctor immediately. You may also wish to contact an experienced Mirapex Uses lawyer to discuss your legal options. As all legal claims are subject to time limits, however, you may risk forfeiture of your right to financial compensation if you delay.