The American Scholar: The Degradation Drug

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Taking dopamine agonists is like playing Russian roulette; if you’re unlucky, you turn into a different (often horrible) person. While they’re quite effective at soothing Parkinson’s disease symptoms, dopamine agonists can cause uncontrollable compulsions. These compulsions range from the mild (painting and writing) to life-ruining (gambling and shopping) to prison-worthy (harassment and worse ). The higher the dose, the worse the personality change becomes. Loved ones of affected individuals are often at a loss, wondering what happened to the person they once knew. Read full article here

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