There is a saying amongst us Parkies, that no two people show the same symptoms, or take the same drugs. Also, the drugs we take affect people in different ways.
Mirapex, known here as Cabaser, has been responsible for some very compulsive behaviours, and it's manufactures have been subject to many class actions and individual suing in The USA, the UK and here.
Whilst there is no doubt that the drug has been beneficial in alleviating movement problems, the trouble has been the compulsions that People Living with Parkinson's have endured, and the failure of the manufacturers to warn it's customers. Gambling and hyper-sexuality have led to many, many deteriorations in marriages and relationships, particularly in the early to mid 2000s, when many did not realise what was going on.
It took a friend in The USA, whom I knew to be a good girl from a good home, to tell me her story in Washington DC, where we met at The World Conference, before she was jailed for 7 years for embezzlement, for me to realise how lightly I had got off.
I immediately asked Professor Horne to take me off Cabaser, which he did no-questions-asked, and it was like a switch was turned off.
And why did I get off lightly?
My crime was to buy lots of plates, mostly from ebay.
The cornices of my house are lined with them.
There's my movie wall; a great ice breaker at dinner parties, my travel wall, my Jewish wall, my "I just like them" wall. Plates range from $1 to $200; most were under $30.
A year later, I had forgotten my ebay password.
And my friend in the USA? She was not so fortunate. She will be released from prison within 12 months.... after being incarcerated for almost 7 years.....