Half of Those on Parkinson's Drugs May Develop Impulse Control Problems

Half of Those on Parkinson's Drugs May Develop Impulse Control Problems

Over time, half of the people taking certain drugs for Parkinson's disease may develop impulse control disorders such as compulsive gambling, shopping or eating, according to a study published in the June 20, 2018, online issue of Neurology ®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. In Parkinson's, a vital chemical in the brain called dopamine that regulates movement is gradually reduced. Parkinson's is treated with levodopa, which converts to dopamine in the brain, or with dopamine agonists, which work by activating dopamine receptors. "Our study suggests that impulse control disorders are even more common than we thought...

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