ViewsAskew wrote:EeFall, I hear you, but this isn't new information. The medical community has known of these problems for YEARS! And, yet, doctors know little to nothing about it. There MUST be a better way to get doctors information about issues before hundreds or thousands of patients have problems because of the doctors' lack of knowledge.
The ultimate answer is to find a cure for severe RLS/WED - that is not happening now.
The next alternative is to develop a medication that works to control severe RLS/WED without terrible side effects - that is not there yet either or I'd be on it.
The next best answer is to use a DA like Mirapex (pramipexole) that works with varying degrees of side effects (some people never have any problems for years while some have terrible problems even very early on).
You are a doctor with this current technology and I'm a patient with severe RLS/WED and I'm about ready to lose my family, career, and life if something doesn't happen to fix it soon. I have gone through all the other medications and treatments and nothing works except there is this magic pill called pramipexole that might just give me a few more years of life, to continue to work and support my family and enjoy life.
The doctor knows they are working on new medications but he can't see into the future, he only knows that the patient is most likely not going to function normally for much longer. One way or the other through accident, stroke, suicide its going to get him or her. Lets fix him up for today, maybe tomorrow something will come up that will be better, but in the meantime lets keep the patient going.
I would do the same thing my doctors have done for me, give me the Mirapex and hope that it lasts until something else becomes available because without it the patient is the living dead, or maybe just dead.
The FDA isn't going to have a heart for the patient. Back when it was working for me, before augmenting it was fantastic, it saved my life. Without it I wouldn't have gotten to this future and I wouldn't be typing this message now. That is a fact. I don't want a bunch of people getting in trouble for doing the right thing, no one knows the future, but the present is pretty clear. You need to save the patient today. The next thing that will happen is that they will take it off the market without an alternative medication. That will assure that many patients will lose their lives.