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Is gambling a side effect of medicine?

Wednesday February 29, 2012

Impulsivity control problems can be a side effect of dopaminergic medicines used to treat Parkinson’s.  These behaviors are an exaggerated an often uncontrollable form of a particular behavior (these behaviors are often associated with a feeling of  reward or similar pleasurable.) The dopaminergic agonists, ropinirole and pramipexole are most commonly associated with this problem.  Reducing the dose or avoiding certain medicines can help. Examples of impulse control are

  • Increased risk taking
  • Pathologic Gambling
  • Binge Eating
  • Excessive Spending
  • Hypersexual behavior

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Monique L. Giroux, MDMonique L. Giroux, MD
Medical Director, Northwest Parkinson's Foundation

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