U want my Id docs and a urine sample????


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Nov 25, 2007
little sea side villiage
Here’s some news that could put an interesting twist in the gambling addiction/genetics debate (not to mention supply casinos new reasons to close your account): ABC News reports that several of the drugs prescribed for Parkinson’s disease and restless legs syndrome can cause a range of dangerous behavioral side effects including increased drinking, drug use, risky sex, and gambling.

The drugs, which include Mirapex and Requip, are dopamine agonists, which mimic dopamine in the brain to boost the movement and coordination centers—and also stimulate the pleasure response by reinforcing certain behaviors. Unwitting patients who’ve taken the drugs have wound up with costly gambling habits, DUI arrests, and compulsive eating disorders, as well as even stranger effects—one man reportedly plays basketball for up to 36 hours at a time, while another compulsively fishes.

Given that more than 10 million prescriptions have been written for Mirapex alone, it’s not unlikely that we’ll see some serious fallout, be it motorists killed by a drunk driver on the drug, or an STD spike as a result of risky sexual practices (which are already on the rise among seniors, the demographic most likely to be taking meds for Parkinson’s and RLS).

As such, it’s worth it to start asking to what degree patients should be held legally responsible for their actions while taking the drug—and, perhaps even more importantly for lawyers, whether the drug companies can be held at all responsible for all that irresponsible boozing and sex.

Whatever happened to good ol' anal leakage!
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Marcie Mac

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Jan 17, 2006
LaLa Land
Maybe I should make a call to my doc on Monday - I haven't done some of those things since the late 60's..


I am sure someone will be trying to make a buck suing the drug mfgr's - to me, if side effects are listed, and you use a drug knowing the side effects, then you can't whine after the fact..



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Mar 30, 2007
Ontario, Canada
an STD spike as a result of risky sexual practices (which are already on the rise among seniors,

Omg.. and we worry about the young ones!!