Man Sues After Parkinson’s Disease Drug Alters His Personality
Posted on Apr 28, 2011
Man Says Defective Drug Turned Him Into A Gay Sex Addict! The headline might sound outrageous, but the story might contain more than a little underlying truth. While it is probably specious to claim that any prescription drug can change one’s sexual orientation, it is completely possible for a defective prescription drug to change your behavior. In fact, though this man’s claims are extreme, hundreds of people who use the same Parkinson’s disease drug have reported troubling behavioral problems and personality changes after taking the drug.
According to multiple news sources, 52-year-old Didier Jambart was a happily married man with a normal life until he began to take ReQuip in 2003, a drug manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline to treat Parkinson’s disease. However, soon after he began taking the drug, he states in a defective drug lawsuit, he started to compulsively have sex with men, cross-dress, and engage in dangerous sexual behavior. In addition, the man reported that his energy levels went through the roof, and that he would often need to get out of bed in the middle of the night to run.
There is a documented history of the drug, also known as Ropinirole, causing bizarre behavioral changes in some of its consumers, such as uncontrolled spending and compulsive decisions, but the drug company that makes the drug only added a warning in 2006. While GlaxoSmithKline says that there is a small chance that the man had an extremely rare reaction to the drug, they do not believe that the drug as a whole is defective.