Mayo Clinic Study Finds Parkinson’s Disease Medication contribute to Destructive Behaviors..
Posted Apr 10 2009 11:47pm
The study showed 1 out of 6 individuals appear to be affected. He said it is important to identify before a patient squanders their bank account for one. They also said the dose could be lowered as well, so one would not have to completely drop the medications. In lower doses the same type of drugs are used for restless leg syndrome.
Back in July of 2008 a Wall Street executive filed suit stating he had problems and he was prescribed Mirapex, and claims he became an obsessive gambler and this was way before the crash.
A new study conducted at Mayo Clinic reports that one in six patients receiving therapeutic doses of certain drugs for Parkinson’s disease develops new-onset, potentially destructive behaviors, notably compulsive gambling or hypersexuality.
The study extends findings from two Mayo case series published in 2005 that reported a connection between dopamine agonist medications and compulsive gambling or hypersexuality.
Dopamine agonists are a class of drugs that include pramipexole and ropinirole. They are commonly used to treat Parkinson’s disease, but low doses also are used for restless legs syndrome. They uniquely stimulate brain limbic circuits, which are thought to be fundamental substrates for emotional, reward and hedonistic behaviors.