Study Links Parkinson's Drugs To Gambling

A Mayo Clinic study published Monday in July's Archives of Neurology describes Parkinson's patients who developed the gambling addiction while taking Mirapex or similar drugs between 2002 and 2004. Doctors have since identified 14 additional Mayo patients with the problem, said lead author Dr. M. Leann Dodd, a Mayo psychiatrist. Compulsive gambling by those who previously never or only occasionally gambled is linked to the drugs, called dopamine agonists, the research found.

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