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Man claims Parkinson’s drug turned him into gay sex and gambling addict

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A French man is suing GlaxoSmithKline, alleging the British firm's Parkinson's drug was responsible for him becoming addicted to gay sex and gambling. Lawyers for the fifty-one-year-old married father-of-two say their client's behavior changed dramatically after he was first given the drug in 2003.

Didier Jambart, who says he has attempted suicide three times, claims the drug, Requip (ropinirole), led to his Internet gambling addiction, the loss of his family's savings, and habit-feeding theft. Oh yeah, and cross-dressing, a compulsive gay-sex addiction, exposing himself online, and his eventual rape. The drug has been known to have unwanted side effects, but according to his lawyers, a warning only appeared on its package insert in 2006.

His unusual behavior ceased when he stopped taking the drug in 2005, by which time he had been demoted in his job and was suffering from psychological trauma, said his lawyers. Jambart is seeking $610,000 in damages from Glaxo, accusing them of selling a "defective" drug, and from his neurologist, for improperly informing him about Requip.