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Married father of two claims Parkinson’s drug turned him into gay sex addict

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Credit the pharmaceutical geniuses for making our lives better. However, there are some prescription drugs that can cause extreme side effects, and I’m not just talking about drowsiness.

According to Didier Jambart of Nantes, France, the drug he is using to treat his Parkinson’s Disease turned him into a gambling and gay sex addict. Now the 51-year-old is demanding 450,000 euros ($610,000) in damages from pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline, which he accuses of selling a “defective” drug.

Jambart began taking Requip (ropinirole) in 2003 but says his behavior changed dramatically as a result. AFP reports that the married father of two:

…says he has attempted suicide three times, claims he became addicted to Internet gambling, losing the family’s savings and stealing to feed his habit.

He also became a compulsive gay sex addict and began exposing himself on the Internet and cross-dressing. His risky sexual encounters led to him being raped, his lawyers said.

Requip’s warning label now says some of its users “developed gambling problems or other intense urges or behaviors that were compulsive or unusual for them, such as increased sexual urges or behaviors.” The warning, however, only appeared on its package insert in 2006, Jambart’s lawyers said.

GSK refused to comment on the case.