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Painkillers sent me gay says man who has broken up with his girlfriend and lined up date with a man after taking drugs to treat a broken foot

  • Unemployed Scott Purdy said he noticed his libido for women vanish on the drug
  • He started taking painkiller Pregabalin after he broke his foot when go-karting
  • Mr Purdy dumped his girlfriend of six months and is dating a man he met online
  • The 23-year-old now wants to warn others about 'what this medication can do.'

A young man claims that he has become gay after taking pain-killers when he broke his foot in a go-karting accident.

Unemployed Scott Purdy, 23, says he was a hot-blooded heterosexual and enjoyed dating women before he started taking Pregabalin, also known as Lyrica. 

But he claims he quickly lost his sexual attraction to women and broke up with his girlfriend of six months when prescribed the drug earlier this year.

Scott, of Louth , Lincolnshire, says he soon realised that he had developed an attraction to men and had actually turned gay.

Unemployed Scott Purdy, 23, says he was a hot-blooded heterosexual and enjoyed dating women before he started taking Pregabalin

Unemployed Scott Purdy, 23, says he was a hot-blooded heterosexual and enjoyed dating women before he started taking Pregabalin

Mr Purdy of Louth, Lincolnshire, pictured here with ex-girlfriend Sarah in February 2018

Mr Purdy of Louth, Lincolnshire, pictured here with ex-girlfriend Sarah in February 2018

He said: 'I noticed my libido for women had gone and I was wanting male attention.

'I was with a girlfriend I had been with for around six months.

'I had never been interested in men. When I was younger I was a little bit curious, but a couple of weeks after I started taking it I turned around and said I didn't find her physically attractive anymore. 

'She knew I was taking Pregabalin.

'I said to her, 'I don't really know what's happening to me and I told her I like men and I just can't be with you.

Mr Purdy, with his ex, who he dumped after he noticed 'my libido for women had gone and I was wanting male attention'

Mr Purdy, with his ex, who he dumped after he noticed 'my libido for women had gone and I was wanting male attention'

The pills Mr Purdy was prescribed, Pregabalin, which he claims have made him gay

The pills Mr Purdy was prescribed, Pregabalin, which he claims have made him gay

'She was relatively understanding, as understanding as you could possibly be.'

Pregabalin or Lyrica is a medication used to treat epilepsy, pain associated with the brain, and generalized anxiety disorder.

Its documented side effects include loss of libido and mood swings.

CAN PREGABALIN REALLY TURN YOU GAY?

Pregabalin, originally marketed as Lyrica by pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, is a drug used to treat chronic pain, anxiety and epilepsy.

The NHS claims headaches, dizziness, bouts of diarrhoea, nausea and blurry vision will strike one in 100 patients on the drug.

A similar amount of people will suffer mood changes or problems getting an erection, it says. 

In rare cases, the drug can cause suicidal thoughts, difficulties breathing, constipation. Other people can be allergic to Pregabalin. 

Dr Lawrence Wilson, who claims to have a medical degree from the Centro De Estudios Universitarios Xochicalco, now located in Ensenada, Mexico, claims that Lyrica may even 'kill homosexual desires'.

Writing on his website, he admitted that he didn't know why this reaction had been noted by some patients but was adamant that 'it can' happen. 

Doctors have previously called for a crackdown on the popular painkiller, dubbed the 'new valium', over fears it is highly addictive.  

Prescriptions have more than doubled since it was licensed in 2011, and it has been linked to scores of deaths and cases of addiction.

The British Medical Association backed a plan earlier this year to make them a class C substance, in the same category as cannabis and tramadol.  

Scott, who was prescribed the drug by doctors to treat his pain after he broke his foot in a go-karting accident, added: 'I just think people should know about this.

'If anyone gets prescribed this in the future, I think they should know what this medication can do.

'It took me a while to realise what it was. I stopped taking it for a few weeks and that desire for men just left.

'But I'm on it now; I'm very happy. I want to keep on taking it because it makes me feel happy about my sexuality. It's made me feel very open. It's liberating.

'Pregabalin is also used to control paranoia and anxiety. It's made me so open and not bothered what people think or say.

'I had been taking it for a few weeks and I have come to the realisation that when I take it I want males.

'It did come as a shock to people. I posted it on Facebook. I didn't tell them the reason why but I just said to them, 'I'm open; I'm gay.'

'Currently I'm talking to this lad on Plenty of Fish and in a couple of weeks I'm going up to see him. He's in London.

'It's really what I'm craving right now. I want to be with him right now.'

Scott had been taking Codeine until January this year, but has been experiencing negative side-effects, so his GP prescribed him Pregabalin.

He says that it was only after taking Pregabalin that his sexual preferences changed.

He said: 'I feel if this has happened to other people and I'm not the only one I would be outraged but in a sense not be because if I had known this was a side effect before I would not have taken them but now I'm happy.

'I'm not angry because it's made me who I am.' 

Lyrica is manufactured by Pfizer – the pharmaceutical giant which also makes Viagra used to treat sexual dysfunction in both men and women. 

Pfizer has been contacted for comment. 

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