The Parkinson’s drug Permax (pergolide) has been associated with valvular heart disease and other serious heart damage in a high number of patients taking the medication. Have you or a loved one suffered from valvular heart disease caused by Permax? If so, now is the time to contact a Permax injury lawyer to discuss your potential claim.
Free Permax Case Evaluation: If you or a loved one has developed valvular heart disease after taking Permax, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.
What’s the problem?
Permax is a dopamine receptor agonist manufactured by Eli Lilly and Co. used to manage symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, which affects nearly 1.5 million people nationwide. Individuals with Parkinson’s suffer from a shortage of the neurotransmitter dopamine, which disrupts the messages sent from the brain to the body. Permax is designed to help make up for the lack of natural dopamine, easing the tremors associated with the disorder. Unfortunately, mounting evidence and numerous case studies have confirmed that Permax side effects could lead to valvular heart disease, heart failure and even death.
Valvular Heart Disease Signs & Symptoms
Research suggests that the risk of valvular heart disease caused by Permax may be extremely high. In January 2006, two studies were published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) reporting that nearly one quarter (25%) of Parkinson’s patients taking Permax had moderate to severe heart valve problems including valvular heart disease. In fact, Permax users were 5 to 7 times more likely to have leaky heart valves than those on other types of Parkinson’s medications. Signs and symptoms of Permax-induced valvular heart disease include (but are not limited to):
- chest pain or pressure
- heart palpitations
- shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- rapid weight gain
- swelling of the feet or ankles
Do I have a Permax Lawsuit?
The Product Liability & Defective Drug Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Permax lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new valvular heart disease cases in all 50 states.