An inferior vena cava (IVC) filter is a small cage-like medical device that can be inserted by doctors to stop dangerous blood clots from traveling to the blood vessels of the lungs. Their structure allows them to catch fragments of clots that form in the legs or pelvis before these blockages run the risk of causing a pulmonary embolism (PE). These metal filters are surgically implanted in patients who cannot tolerate blood thinners or have seen little success with those drugs.
Mirapex (pramipexole) is a drug prescribed for Parkinson's patients and those with Restless Legs Syndrome. It works by interacting with dopamine receptors in the brain to help control the symptoms of these conditions. It has also been tested for use with other illnesses that stem from dopamine receptor issues, including bipolar depression.
However, this medication has been known to have some serious, unexpected side effects. A small, but significant, group of patients taking this drug have developed compulsive gambling issues and other addictive behaviors. In a study at a Parkinson's research center, an unusually high percentage of patients taking Mirapex developed gambling problems, compared to the patients taking other drugs.
If you or a loved one has been prescribed Mirapex and developed serious side effects, contact us today.