Mirapex (pramipexole) is an antidyskinetic (dopamine agonist) used to treat Parkinson’s disease. Mirapex was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 1997 and is manufactured and distributed by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals and Pfizer Pharmaceuticals. The drug works by imitating the actions of dopamine in the brain which help control muscle tremors associated with Parkinson’s disease.
In addition to Parkinson’s, Mirapex is also used as a fibromyalgia treatment (chronic muscle pain and fatigue), depression, sleep disorder, and restless leg syndrome.
Side-Effects of Mirapex
Patients experiencing any of these side-effects should contact their doctor immediately. These side-effects can include:
- Increased Temperature
- Muscle Pain
- Falling Asleep Unexpectedly
Mirapex Linked to Compulsive Behavior
Another serious side-effect of Mirapex that has elicited much concern is the relationship between the drug and a number of compulsive behaviors. In 2005 researchers at the Mayo Clinic a found a direct link to drugs used to treat Parkinson’s disease and compulsive gambling, eating, drinking and sexual activity. This is attributed to the fact that Mirapex and other Parkinson’s drugs are dopamine agonists and imitate the role of dopamine in the brain. Dopamine is directly associated to the pleasure and reward areas of the brain.
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