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When dopamine agonists lead to agony

When dopamine agonists lead to agony

Update: 2020-12-02


In this episode of When Life Gives You Parkinson’s, what happens when the side effects of your medication are causing more harm than the disease itself? Many people with Parkinson’s are treated with dopamine agonists, which work perfectly for thousands of people, but can cause uncontrollable, destructive behaviors for others. Among the issues are compulsive shopping, hyper-sexuality, binge eating, internet addictions, and excessive gambling. Larry, Rebecca and Niki will introduce you to two people with Parkinson’s who experienced impulse control disorder while on agonists. One of them gained 60 pounds and the other went deep in debt, lost her inhibitions, her job and nearly everything else.

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Special thanks to Niki Reitmayer for sharing her findings from her UBC Psych 301 Final: Impulse Control Disorders: The Strange Side Effect of Dopamine Agonists When Used to Treat Parkinson’s Disease.

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When dopamine agonists lead to agony

When dopamine agonists lead to agony