Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Gambling legs

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.


Lauren said...

I have all too often found that the cure is worse than the disease. I always advocate for alternative medicine.

Katie said...

Your restless legs will lose there ability to "know when to walk away and know when to run". :)

tornwordo said...

Apparently the RLS problem's medication targets the same part of the brain that has been associated with gambling addiction.