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"Requip Maker should Pay Back My Gambling Losses"

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Burlington, WIBarb was never a gambler; in fact she has never even taken cash withdrawals on her credit card. That is, until she took Requip and lost her life savings. " I really want the manufacturer to warn consumers of Requip compulsive gambling, so everyone who is prescribed this drug knows the gambling and other compulsive behavior side effects," says Barb.
GamblingBarb was prescribed Requip a few years ago for restless leg syndrome; she had 3 or 4 sleepless nights a week and it got to be debilitating. "Not sleeping well at night was making me tired throughout the day," she says. "I tried to take over-the-counter sleep meds but they made my restless leg issue worse so I just dealt with it--I'm not big on taking sleeping pills. But this was starting to wear me down; I was getting sick and gaining weight from not sleeping.

Then my family physician put me on Requip and I took one pill at bedtime. It did work at first but about three or four months in I started having compulsive behavior, such as shopping. I didn't realize I was doing it at first or I would have gotten some kind of help.

Then I started gambling: I literally lost $100,000-- I gambled away my life savings.

I had only gone to a casino once every few years before this drug came along. It got to the point that any time off meant going to a casino, all of my free time I was playing the slot machines.

It was crazy: I started taking $500 or $600 instead of the usual $100 that I used to play with. Before taking this drug, if I lost $100, it would be game over and I would walk away. Now I had all that cash plus my debit card to lose…

I was so ashamed of myself. At the end of the day, I would realize what I had done—I could have spent the money on necessities instead of blowing it at the casino. I have never taken risks or chances in my life, I have never played the stock market. And I was a single mum for a long time so I had to watch every penny I had.

I can't even say that I went to the casino to win money; I just went to gamble, I had to-- I couldn't stop. Even after feeling so bad the night before, the next morning, gambling was my first thought. And I suffered from other compulsive behaviors.

I had clothes I never even took out of the shopping bag. I compulsively ordered clothing online, from shoes and hats to shirts and pants, you name it. I'm talking thousands of dollars. Thankfully, most places let me return their merchandise, even though it was almost a year ago.

And I gained 100 lbs. I compulsively ate anything! I was eating when I wasn't even hungry.

Then it occurred to me that the gambling had something to do with the drug. Within 10 days after stopping Requip my gambling and shopping stopped, completely. And just like the gambling and shopping my compulsive eating stopped. I started to lose about 3lbs per week without even trying and I'm almost back to normal. And none of these compulsive behaviors came back.

Although my restless leg syndrome came back, I'd rather deal with that than lose everything with this drug.

I'm so angry with the manufacturer. It is disgusting that they allegedly knew these side effects yet took profits over safety. If I would have known the risks, there is no way that I would have taken this drug. Even if I knew the risks when I was on Requip, I would have made an informed decision. It is like a contract: the drug company tells me the risks and then I decide whether or not to take this drug. They took my right away--the right to make an informed decision.

I never had a gambling problem before, I don't have it now and this was something that is directly attributed to Requip, it is beyond coincidence. As bad as it was, you don't lose $100,000 and just quit by yourself. Most people would have to get professional help of some kind; you don't just quit cold turkey from an addiction and don't suffer withdrawal or angst. This was a medically-driven addiction. There is no way it was psychological, that isn't how life works.

I think they should have to pay back the money I lost at the casino."



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My late husband was on the 3 big ones - Permax, then Mirapex, then Requip over the course of 11 years starting in 1995. Before these 3 drugs he managed his finances, always had money in the bank and never gambled. He had a doctorate from an ivy league university.
There was an absence of information on the causal link of gambling to these 3 agonists.
They turned him from a beautiful sweet responsible intelligent person into into a scheming, conniving, thieving, lying obsessed compulsive gambler at the slots. A casino opened here in 1996 and was only a 20 minute drive.
He lost about 850K, the largest amount being from Permax and Mirapex.
Our lives were devastated. I now have the duty of submitting to the 3 class action lawsuits vs the drug companies who knowingly withheld the information. (Canada). I am still suffering from these horrible drugs and hope one day I am able to have peace.

Our lives were ruined and I am still haunted by the tragedy. I am looking for a counselor as the load on me is overwhelming

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No. Neither you nor anyone else that takes requip and happens to blow a huge wad should be entitled to any compensation. You can no blame the Dr. since there is no way that you can expect them to know the interactions and side effects of every drug that they prescribe. You should take it upon yourself to be educated and either look up the information or, god forbid, ask your doctor what side effect there might be to said drug. Oh, and by the way I am on requip to for my RLS.

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Yes, I too lost all my savings and I now have NO future. To end it all has been cosidered several times. My doctor did not go over reactilons tlo the Rx - all he said was "I'm sorry"
when I told him I had lost $30,000.
Is there any recourse to recover any losses?


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