Didier Jambart Awarded £160,000 After Requip Parkinson's Drug 'Turned Him Into A Gay Sex & Gambling Addict'

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A man has been awarded £160,000 in compensation after a drug he took to treat Parkinson's disease turned him into a gay sex and gambling addict.

Didier Jambart was prescribed with the drug Requip in 2003 to treat the progressive neurological condition, which is characterised by tremors, slowness of movement and rigidity.

But within two years, Jambart claims he was addicted to gay sex and gambling, and had even resorted to selling his children's toys for money, the Mirror reported.

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Didier Jambart (accompanied by his wife) broke down after the ruling

According to France 3, Jambart squandered the family's savings and even stole banking information from colleagues and friends to gamble away a total of £66,000.

His began exposing himself on the internet, cross-dressing and his risky sexual behaviour resulted in him being raped.

The father-of-two attempted to commit suicide eight times after he was prescribed the drug, which is manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline, the court heard.

He claims the behaviour stopped after he stopped taking the drug in 2005.

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Highlighted is a section taken from Requip's Information for Patients online leaflet, warning of 'compulsive behaviours'

A French appeals court on Wednesday upheld a ruling ordering GSK to pay Jambert the compensation. A court in Nantes had previously ordered the drug giant £94,000 in March.

Jambart, who was accompanied by his wife, burst into tears after the ruling.

He told AFP: "It's a great day. It's been a seven-year battle with our limited means for recognition of the fact GSK lied to us and shattered our lives."

A warning of possible side-effects only appeared on boxes of Requip in 2006, although Jambert's lawyers claimed in court the risks in taking the drug have been known for years.

In 2010 a former councillor with Parkinson's disease told how his life had been ruined after taking the drug Cabergoline.

Pete Shepherd, 60, told Metro: "I became obsessed with gambling, spending, sexual excess and various fetishes."