Originally Posted by heidil
Hi again. I would say my husbands symptoms of personality changes have to do more with obsessions than compulsions. We would joke for years about his not being able to go to sleep unless he checked to see if he locked the doors - but that was infrequent and not an actual obsession/compulsion in our minds. But recently, and by that I mean since starting on mirapex/azilect he seems to be obsessed about being a father figure to two teenagers that we know. We never had any children of our own, by choice, so the intensity with with he has assumed this role has caused not just myself but others to comment on his possessiveness and protectiveness with them. If it was just my observations I would say that I could be jealous, or struggling with insecurities, something along those lines. I know this seems insignificant in comparison to the warning obsessions listed on the drug paperwork but it truly has caused problems in our marriage. I have also spoken with a PwP who became obsessed with mathematical equations and had to get off sinemet, so I guess anything is possible since its the brains pleasure center that is being stimulated by these drugs.
We asked a former neuro about the mirapex compulsion thing, as we had read about it (this was also years ago, it was known even then). His comment was that the drug's effect was more of an exacerbation of already existing traits instead of giving someone those traits who had never had them before. So if you liked to gamble or shop before starting mirapex, you might find yourself gambling or shopping much more....but if you were never a gambler to begin with, you would not suddenly find yourself at all hours of the day and night gambling online.
I know many, many PWP will disagree with this, but since we have not had any of these issues and have been on mirapex for many years, for us, at least, it has held true. I know things change, though, and often rapidly and without warning, so we could wake up tomorrow and find 20 pairs of new shoes in the house! But so far, and again, for us, we have thankfully not had these issues.
Think back your your husband's personality and see if the mirapex is merely magnifying those traits or is actually creating ones you have never seen a glimpse of before. That may help answer some of your questions.