So, I saw an ad for medication for Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS). Normally I ignore pharmaceutical commercials but something about this ad jumped out at me. One of the side-effects they warned of was compulsive gambling.
So how exactly does that work? "My RLS was acting up so I took my meds and next thing I knew I'd blown my nest egg at the craps tables."
Do our legs have a natural urge to gamble that we suppress? Do these RLS medications counteract the suppression of our natural gambling urges?
And what happens when: "I bet you your RLS meds that you can't go a week without taking them?"
Is it any cause for concern that gambling is mentioned as a side effect for a pharmaceutical? Will Vegas casinos start dispensing this medication out of vending machines?
Although, I suppose in the grand scheme of things "gambling urges" is a rather minor side effect compared to "possible death" or "violent diarrhea." I mean I'd rather have to suffer through the craps tables as opposed to crapping on tables.