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Straight Frenchman: Parkinson’s Medication Turned Me Into A Gay Slut

A heterosexual from France has won a lawsuit claiming a prescription drug used to treat Parkinson’s disease turned him into a raving gay-sex addict.

A judge in Rennes ordered GlaxoSmithKline to pay 197,000 euros ($256,000) to married father of two Didiet Jambart, 52, who began taking the drug Requip in 2003,

The International Business Times reports Jambart developed “uncontrollable” urges shortly after starting to take the meds: posting naked pictures on the Internet, cross-dressing, and engaging in high-risk sex with anonymous men. Jambert says he attempted suicide multiple times and was actually raped as a result of his altered state of mind.

“My family didn’t understand what was going on—me, a former councilor and bank manager,” he said.

Jambert’s ire with GSK is that the company didn’t put a warning on the packaging about “increased sexual urges and behaviors” until 2006.  The behavior apparently stopped shortly after he ceased taking Requip.

“It has been a seven-year battle to get it recognized, with the limited means at our disposal, that GSK lied to us and shattered our lives,” he said after the verdict. “But it’s not as though we’ve won the lottery. This will never replace the years of pain.”

Reports of patients on dopamines having increased libido are not unheard of, but this is the first reported case of a drug allegedly altering a patient’s sexual orientation. Earlier this year, English hairdresser Chris Birch maintained that a stroke turned him gay.

Are these people looking for excuses to deny their sexuality? Or can physiological changes to the body alter sexual orientation? And if so, how long until someone starts developing a drug or procedure that can turn you straight?