Pergolide (Withdrawn from US Market-March 2007)

Pergolide is a medication that is sometimes used to help treat Parkinson’s disease. This medication changes the dopamine levels in the brain in order to reduce tremors, stiffness, unsteadiness and other movement problems associated with Parkinson’s disease.

Side Effects/Warnings

This medication has been withdrawn from the United States market because of safety concerns. Taking this medication can cause a serious drop in blood pressure and/or sudden feelings of drowsiness. Some people experienced symptoms similar to narcolepsy while on this medication. Patients taking this medication cannot drive because they may fall asleep behind the wheel and cause an accident.

Patients on this medication are also at increased risk of serious heart valve problems such as swelling around the heart and lungs. Get emergency medical help if you experience chest pain, irregular heartbeat or breathing problems while on this medication.

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