I've been spending money on things I dont need, mostly video games on my phone, going and buying craft supplies I'm afraid to use because they are pretty. Baking sweets like crazy for no rhyme or reason. My husband i guess would be my caregiver (I have Parkinson's disease at stage 2) hes starting to notice that my bank account is always low balance and is curious as to why I'm baking so much (I used too bake only during Christmas or for birthday's ) now it's more everyday and its alot too.
If you google around a bit on impulse control and dopamine agonists, you will find several stories like mine. About 15% of people who take it have those extreme impulse issues, but that is about 85% who don't... just be aware.
Dan I truly believe it is under reported due to embarrassment on the patients part. Denial too can be a big part of the problem. Or as you stated your family thinking he is back and the meds are working. I felt great when on these drugs but the financial damage was done to my credit cards.
I avoid looking at circulars.I stay home as much as I can.
So happy for you, so be very honest with yourself and your wonderful husband as well as your doctor and get help!
My husband was put on Bromocriptine (sp) for a pituitary tumor before he was diagnosed with PD. Bromocriptine caused the same OCD problems. We had a regular old garage for years. One day I walked out to see what he was doing and there was our garage full of antique typewriters. The physician didn't mention this side effect. I opened up a separate checking account for him and put in a certain amount for him to spend. I took over all the finances at that point and have kept them. Porn was, and is again, another side effect since adding Levodopa 25/100, 8 pills a day. As difficult as the problems are with spending, porn, and with some, gambling, it is the PD, not our loved one. Figure out a way to keep the finances needed to live on out of reach, including credit cards. It will be difficult for you at first, because it was for my husband. Now he enjoys not having to deal with any of the money stuff. Just like when everything goes south with PD, this too is part of the disease and you have to figure out how best to deal with it.
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