Man Became Gay Sex Addict After Taking Parkinson's Drug, Court Rules

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Drugs to treat Parkinson’s disease made a man go through a seven-year rampage that included uncontrollable urges for gay sex and gambling, a French court ruled.

British pharmaceutical corporation GlaxoSmithKline will have to pay 52-year-old Didiet Jambart $255,824 in compensations for the side effects the drugs caused him, a Rennes city appeals court ruled, The Independent reports.

Jambart, a married father of two, started taking Requip in 2003. Within two years, the man said to have developed an “uncontrollable passion” for gay sex and gambling. The drug also made him attempt suicide eight times, experiment with cross dressing, and led him to sexual encounters where Jambart was raped.

Once he stopped taking the medication all symptoms seemed to disappear, according to the AFP.

“It’s been a seven year battle,” Jambart is quoted as saying by the Mirror. “GlaxoSmithKline lied to us and shattered our lives.”

The Mirror notes that that GSK knew “for years” the drug had such side effects but only started warning people on the packages in 2006.

"It's not as though we've won the lottery. This will never replace the years of pain," Jambart said.


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