Sinemet Side Effects Injury Lawsuits. Sinemet (generic: carbidopa-levodopa) is a combination of carbidopa and levodopa and is prescribed to treat Parkinson’s disease.
Recent reports have linked the dopamine agonist class of drugs to gambling addiction and other unhealthy compulsive behaviors.
Sinemet is a dopamine agonist and works by mimicking the effects of the neurotransmitter dopamine. Dopamine helps people control their movements and increases feelings of happiness and satisfaction. Because Parkinson’s disease occurs due to a lack of dopamine in certain areas of the brain, Sinemet can help ease some of the symptoms associated with Parkinson’s.
2005 Mayo Clinic ReportIn a July 2005 report published in the Archives of Neurology, Mayo Clinic researchers documented behavior that supported earlier observations linking dopamine agonist drugs with gambling addiction and compulsive behaviors. The report detailed 11 Parkinson’s patients who developed gambling problems while taking dopamine agonist drugs between 2002 and 2004. Doctors have since identified 14 additional Mayo Clinic patients with the problem.