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Man Sues Drug Company for Gambling and Sex Addiction

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Didier Jambart, a 51-year-old French man, is suing GlaxoSmithKline for the consequences he suffered while taking Requip, a drug that treats Parkinson’s disease.

Jambart claims he became a “compulsive gay sex addict and began exposing himself on the Internet and cross-dressing” after he started taking Requip.

According to his attorney, Jambart tried to commit suicide three times after losing his family’s life savings online gambling.

GlaxoSmithKline added the following warning label to Requip in 2006, a year after Jambart started taking it:

Tell your doctor if you have ever had an urge to gamble that was difficult to control and if you have or have ever had unexpected daytime sleepiness or a sleep disorder other than restless legs syndrome; high or low blood pressure; a psychotic disorder (mental illness that causes abnormal thinking or perceptions); or heart, liver, or kidney disease.

You should know that some people who took medications such as ropinirole developed gambling problems or other intense urges or behaviors that were compulsive or unusual for them, such as increased sexual urges or behaviors. There is not enough information to tell whether the people developed these problems because they took the medication or for other reasons. Call your doctor if you have an urge to gamble that is difficult to control, you have intense urges, or you are unable to control your behavior.

Jambart is seeking $160,000 in damanges.

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