Aug 28, 2007

Risk factors for pathologic gambling and other compulsions among Parkinson's disease patients taking dopamine agonists

Journal of Clinical Neuroscience : Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
Asha SinghPadraig O'Suilleabhain


Three hundred patients with Parkinson's disease taking dopamine agonists were surveyed for the presence of compulsions. Fifty-eight reported active compulsions which had developed after initiation of dopamine agonists. These included 25 with sexual compulsions and 28 with self-described compulsive gambling, of whom 17 met criteria for pathologic gambling. Males were over-represented. Patients with any compulsion and those with pathologic gambling were about 6 years younger than those without compulsions. These behavioral problems were not associated with an individual dopamine agonist, nor dose or duration, nor concomitant levodopa. Follow-up of the pathologic gamblers 1 year after intervention, which was cessation of the dopamine agonist in most cases, found ongoing but controlled gambling in five and complete cessation within 4 months in the remainder.

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Dopamine Agonists [MoA]
Transcription Initiation
Antiparkinson Agents
Repeated Rounds of Survey
Oral Sex
Restless Legs Syndrome
Parkinson Disease
Dopaminergic Agonist [EPC]

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