Navigation Links
Parkinson's Drugs Tied to Compulsive Behaviors

Impulse control disorders noted in patients include gambling and binge eating

MONDAY, May 10 (HealthDay News) -- Medicines used to treat Parkinson's disease may increase the risk of impulse control disorders, such as problem gambling, compulsive shopping and binge eating, researchers warn.

In a new study that included 3,090 patients being treated for Parkinson's at 46 movement disorder centers in the United States and Canada, the researchers found that 13.6 percent of the patients had impulse control disorders. These impulse disorders included gambling (5 percent), compulsive sexual behavior (3.5 percent), compulsive shopping (5.7 percent) and binge eating (4.3 percent), and nearly 4 percent of the patients had two or more of these disorders.

Impulse control disorders were more common among patients taking dopamine agonist medications (17.1 percent) than in those not taking the drugs (6.9 percent), the study authors found. Other factors associated with impulse control disorders were: use of levodopa (another treatment for Parkinson's); living in the United States; being younger or unmarried; smoking cigarettes; and having a family history of gambling problems.

"Dopamine agonist treatment in Parkinson's disease is associated with 2- to 3.5-fold increased odds of having an impulse control disorder," wrote Dr. Daniel Weintraub, of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and Philadelphia VA Medical Center, and colleagues. "This association represents a drug class relationship across impulse control disorders. The association of other demographic and clinical variables with impulse control disorders suggests a complex relationship that requires additional investigation to optimize prevention and treatment strategies."

The researchers noted that dopamine agonists are increasingly being used to treat other conditions, such as fibromyalgia and restless legs syndrome.

"Larger . . . studies in these other populations are needed to examine the possible relationships between dopamine agonist treatment, other clinical features and impulse control disorders," the authors concluded.

The study is published in the May issue of the journal Archives of Neurology.

More information

The Parkinson's Disease Foundation has more about Parkinson's disease patients and impulse control problems.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: JAMA/Archives journals, news release, May 10, 2010

Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Stomach Acid Drugs Come with Dangers, Studies Show
2. Anemia Drugs Hold Dangers for Kidney Patients
3. As FDA Eyes Prostate Cancer Drugs, Experts Urge Caution
4. Taking Flu Drugs While Pregnant Appears to Be Safe: Study
5. OTC Drugs May Work Differently in Obese Kids
6. Study finds that drugs used for treatment of influenza in pregnancy appear to be safe
7. BATTLE links potential biomarkers to drugs for lung cancer
8. Matching Tumor Types to Drugs Boosts Lung Cancer Outcomes
9. Cholesterol Drugs May Slow MS
10. Real Men Don't Take Erectile Dysfunction Drugs Without a Prescription
11. Poisoning by prescription drugs on the rise
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... , ... Many people know of the common symptoms of low thyroid hormone ... But many people who find their cholesterol levels and weight are creeping up are ... if they don’t have any of the other symptoms. , Thyroid hormone plays a ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... , ... November 25, 2015 , ... Students and parents ... awarded to winners of the Create Real Impact awards. California Casualty is ... help stem the tide of distracted and reckless driving, the number one killer of ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... November 24, 2015 , ... Eric C. Seidel, DMD ... benefits of the revolutionary BIOLASE WaterLase iPlus 2.0™ system. This advanced laser technology ... by a dentist in Gettysburg, PA . From routine visits to cosmetic ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... AZ (PRWEB) , ... November 24, 2015 , ... Young ... 2.0™ treatments from Dr. Angela Wolfman and Dr. Kedar S. Lele, who are ... for frenectomies, cavities and fillings, the WaterLase iPlus 2.0™ system causes minimal discomfort and ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... November 24, 2015 , ... In an article ... and variables that determine which patients are or are not eligible for bariatric surgery. ... a BMI over 40, are more than 100 pounds overweight, or have a BMI ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/24/2015)... November 24, 2015 Sectra (STO: ... has entered into a multi-year agreement to deploy ... investment will provide the Breast Center a future-proof platform ... (STO: SECT B) announces that Breast Center of ... deploy Breast Imaging PACS in its two freestanding imaging ...
(Date:11/24/2015)...   HeartWare International, Inc . (NASDAQ: HTWR ... technologies that are revolutionizing the treatment of advanced heart ... Doug Godshall is scheduled to present at ... on December 1, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. ET.  The ... New York . . ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... , November 24, 2015 ... of the University of Bern ... Nutrition of the Bern University Hospital "Inselspital" are proud ... develop a novel generation artificial pancreas. Combining a fully ... for diabetic patients with the unequalled accuracy of an ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: