Frenchman in Court: Drugs Made Me Gamble, Turn to Gay Sex

Now here is a clever excuse for an addiction to online gambling…and gay sex.

A Mr.¬†Didier Jambart, 51, of Nantes, France, is suing the British pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline, sayng the drug he took to treat his Parkinson’s symptoms…a drug called Requip, “turned him into a gambling and gay sex addict.”

Interesting claim. He is, though, the married father of two.

He said he blew through his family’s savings and even took to stealing to finance his online gambling habit.

Jambart said (through his lawyers in court) that he became addicted to gay sex and risky sexual encounters that led to him being raped.

Requip belongs to a class of drugs called dopamine agonists that relieve motor symptoms, such as shaking, stiffness, slowness and trouble balancing, by activating dopamine receptors.

But the drugs have side effects that, while rare, are serious.

“There are plenty of reports of people developing side effects from Parkinson’s drugs, such as hypersexuality, gambling and excessive shopping,” said David Standaert,¬†professor and interim chairman of neurology and director of the Center for Neurodegeneration and Experimental Therapeutics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. “It’s uncommon, but very dramatic when it happens.”

Well, we’ll see if the courts, and Jambart’s wife, buy into it.

I’m not sure I do.

But then again, I’m not some freaking highly paid doctor.

What do you think?

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