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When dopamine agonists lead to agony

When dopamine agonists lead to agony

Update: 2020-12-02
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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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Thank you to the following people featured in this


Vicki Dillon – PwP, follow Vicki on Twitter and her website


Ken Robinson – Vicki’s Partner                                                                                                         


Susan O’Rourke – PwP, President of Artfront Galleries in Newark, NJ


Dr. Elana Clar – Neurologist, Movement Disorder Specialist, New Jersey Brain and Spine


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Gil Thelon – PwP, Gil writes about Parkinson’s at www.shufflingeditor.com


Dr. Jonathon Squires – Neurologist, Movement Disorder Specialist at Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health


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.


CREDIT: Sex, Lies and Parkinson’s Documentary 2011, Channel 4 production. Directed by Oliver Cheetham, Produced by Oliver Cheetham and James Rogan


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