Trading Parkinson’s for gambling?

Parkinson’s is a rare disease made famously aware by Michael J. Fox, the actor most famously known for the “Back To The Future” films. Parkinson’s is a disorder of the brain that leads to shaking (tremors) and difficulty with walking, movement, and coordination.

However, the drug Ropinirole treats these symptoms. Making walking easier and shaking less sporadic. But Ropinirole comes with three odd side effects. One, falling asleep during everyday activities, even driving, which according to the manufacturer of Ropinirole “..sometimes resulted in accidents.” Two, hyper-sexuality, self explanatory. And the one I found most strange. Three, compulsive gambling. Meaning you’ll gamble without even thinking about it or what you’re doing.

So a drug made to calm your sporadic nerves from your mental disorder, could get you in a bit of trouble with some loan sharks.

Ropinirole is a prescription drug.


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