So I’m watching TV last night when a pharmaceutical commercial comes on. Two-thirds through the spot, I hear:
Tell your doctor if you experience these problems, if you drink alcohol, are taking medications that make you drowsy, or if you experience increased gambling, sexual or other intense urges.
After giving my head a thorough, “Did I just hear that?” shake, I jumped over to www.mirapex.com. Mirapex is a drug for Restless Leg Syndrome. And sure enough, in the section on possible side effects, the manufacturer states:
There have been reports of patients taking certain medications to treat Parkinson’s disease or RLS, including MIRAPEX, that have reported problems with gambling, compulsive eating, and increased sex drive. It is not possible to reliably estimate how often these behaviors occur to determine which factors may contribute to them. If you or your family members notice that you are developing unusual behaviors, talk to your doctor.
I’d like to help them out with their ad campaign.
“Mirapex – 10 bucks says you sleep better tonight.”
“Mirapex – mmmm, restful legs.”
“Mirapex – we can only keep two legs still at a time.”