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Can someone please tell me if it has been documented that

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Can someone please tell me if it has been documented that Mirapex may cause compulsive shoplifting? Since I have began the drug for RLS. I have been arrested several times... I do not want to go to jail! This is not my this a side effect ?(compulsive behavior)? I have read mixed compulsive behaviors such as gambling, etc..but I'm beginning to believe that my shoplifting can be linked to Mirapex.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 5 years ago.
Hi--documentation as in a peer reviewed study specifically related to shoplifting isn't available, but Mirapex is known to cause compulsive behaviors in some patients. The link will be helpful for you.
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
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I already had that web site with that, but needed a mental health professional. Shoplifting is compulsive behavior much like compulsive gambling or spending, correct?
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 5 years ago.
Very true. Sorry if you weren't satisfied with that information, but may I ask exactly what you wanted in the way of documentation?
Customer: replied 5 years ago.

Basically, wanting to know if yes, shoplifting, or compulsive shoplifting can and is a side effect of Mirapex. Thanks.

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 5 years ago.
OK. Since compulsive behavior has been documented in some patients, then, yes it could be argued that that was the cause of your illegal behavior. What I was trying to get at is that just because the possibility exists, that alone wouldn't necessarily be a sure fire legal defense. An evaluation by a psychiatrist or psychologist would also be needed to be added to the mix. If either of those can document that you don't suffer from a chronic obsessive/compulsive disorder then that would probably be sufficient to exonerate you.
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