Thursday, June 26, 2008

Parkinson's drugs increase risk of impulse disorders

From CTV News:
A common class of drugs prescribed to control Parkinson's disease symptoms increases the risk of gambling, excess shopping and compulsive sexual behaviour, a new study finds.

Canadian and American researchers found that study subjects who were taking dopamine agonist drugs, which help control movement problems, were two to three times more likely to have at least one of four common impulse control disorders.

About 13 per cent of subjects had at least one disorder, while one third of the subjects had more than one disorder.

The disorders are pathological gambling, compulsive buying, compulsive sexual behaviour and binge eating. ...more

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