A Frenchman suffering from Parkinson's disease is suing GlaxoSmithKline because he claims that the Parkinson's drug, Requip, has transformed him into a "compulsive gay sex addict"
It sounds like it's obviously it's easier to come out of the closet and blame a drug for it, as 51-year old Didier Jambart had started taking the drug while he was still married to a woman. He said the drug's side effects made him gamble away his life savings, became a "compulsive gay sex addict and began exposing himself on the Internet and cross-dressing." His lawyer said that while engaging in "risky" sexual behaviors, he was also raped. Now Jambart is seeking $610,000 from Glaxo for selling him a "defective" drug.
The craziest part of this story is that Jambart may actually have a case:
Requip's warning label now states that some users of the drug "developed gambling problems or other intense urges or behaviors that were compulsive or unusual for them, such as increased sexual urges or behaviors." But that warning wasn't added til 2006, well after Jambart stopped using the drug. So it's actually possible that Requip did contribute to his compulsive gambling and sex, and that he was never properly warned about that risk. It seems pretty unlikely, though, that it made him gay.
While it's understood that some drugs can cause some crazy side effects in people, we're highly skeptical that a drug could alter someone's sexual preference. Let's take a moment to think about Michael J Fox.... Okay moment over.
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