Parkinson’s medications linked to issues with impulse control
Michael Okun, M.D., neurology chair and medical director of the National Parkinson’s Foundation, recently weighed in on new research revealing that Parkinson’s patients taking certain types of medications might be at risk to develop impulse-control issues. Specifically dopamine agonists, which help remedy movement symptoms in Parkinson’s disease, were found to inadvertently cause undesirable increases in gambling, binge-eating, sexual addiction and compulsive shopping in a subset of patients.
“It’s long been known that the drugs can lead to impulse-control issues in some patients. These investigators followed patients for five years, and their results revealed a much higher than expected incidence of impulse-control disorders.”