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Parkinson’s sufferers’ treatment causes compulsive behaviour

Parkinson’s disease sufferers are at risk of developing sex and gambling addictions if they are treated with a particular medicine.

As many as 13.6% of patients prescribed dopamine agonist treatment suffer Impulsive Control Disorders (ICDs) including compulsive shopping and eating with one man admitting he wanted to gamble “until it hurt”.

Expert David Burn, a professor of movement disorder neurology was reported in the Irish Daily Mail as saying: “ICDs essentially involve poorly controlled compulsive actions with negative consequences and there are varying incidences of these.”

He said that among the management responses for ICDs were ensuring doctors informed patients of possible side-effects and monitoring to ascertain if such behaviour was emerging.

Belfast Telegraph