Published on 29 Nov 2012 by DaillyMail
A Parkinson’s sufferer has won a six figure pay-out against a drug giant after his medication turned him into a ‘gay sex and gambling addict’.
Didier Jambart had been a well respected man, an upstanding member of the community in Nantes, western France, and a loving father and husband.
But within two years of taking the drug Requip he was so addicted to both his vices he sold his children’s toys to raise money and advertised himself on the internet for sex. He has now been given £160,000 in damages after a court in Rennes, France, upheld his claims.
Loving husband who claimed Parkinson’s drug turned him into a ‘gay sex addict’ wins £160,000 compensation in a French court
Didier Jambart, of Nantes, France, was an upstanding member of the community before he started taking Requip.
But it soon turned him into a gambler and sex addict who sold his children’s toys for cash
His wife, who has stood by him throughout, was with him as he wept with relief in court after the ruling,
ADVICE FROM GLAXOSMITHKLINE FOR PATIENTS TAKING REQUIP
Requip (ropinirole) is a dopamine agonist, used to treat patients with the chronic and progressive neurodegenerative condition Parkinson’s disease, for which, there are only a small number of treatments available.
It directly stimulates dopamine receptors in the brain and acts as a replacement for dopamine which is deficient in certain parts of the brain in patients with Parkinson’s disease.
Pathological gambling and increased libido and hypersexuality have been reported in patients treated with dopamine medicines.
These reports are uncommon, when compared to the number of people treated with these medicines. Prescribing and patient information for Requip provides information on compulsive behaviours.
It’s important that patients talk to their doctor before deciding to stop or start taking any medicine.
Anyone receiving treatment with a dopamine agonist, or caring for someone receiving this treatment, who notices unusual behaviours, such as new or increased gambling urges, increased sexual urges or other intense urges should talk to their doctor.