Permax Lawsuits

Permax Side Effects Lawsuits: Linked to Heart Valve Damage

Permax (pergolide mesylate), is a popular drug developed by the pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly to treat Parkinson's disease. It comes in a tablet and usually is taken together with carbidopa and levodopa. Generally it is taken at least once a day and may be taken up to three times a day depending on how the patient progresses. The drug has been linked to serious heart valve damage.

Medical studies indicate Permax may be responsible for cardiac valvulopathy and serious heart valve disease. Several women being treated at the Mayo Clinic, all of whom were taking Permax daily for between three to seven years, and none of whom had prior history of heart disease, developed heart murmurs, breathing difficulties and fluid retention in their legs. They were diagnosed with serious heart valve disease and since the diagnosis two of the three have required valve replacement surgery.

Doctors at the clinic felt the evidence that linked Permax to heart valve disease was strong enough to advise that patients with heart problems avoid Permax. The FDA and Mayo Clinic have since ordered further investigation into the side effects of this drug and in 2003, Eli Lilly & Co (Permax's manufacturer) advised healthcare professionals of reports of cardiac valvulopathy (heart valve disease) in patients receiving Permax therapy. The FDA also recommended that Eli Lilly & Co. revise the labeling of Permax to indicate the possible risk of valvular heart disease.

Permax shares characteristics with the weight loss drug Fen-phen as well as a number of other drugs that have been associated with valvular heart disease. These drugs are all associated with a heightened stimulation of serotonin receptors which has been linked to valve damage.

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