Pathologic gambling in patients with restless legs syndrome treated with dopaminergic agonists

Neurology. 2007 Jan 23;68(4):301-3. doi: 10.1212/01.wnl.0000252368.25106.b6.


Pathologic gambling is an impulse control disorder previously reported to complicate dopamine agonist therapy in patients with Parkinson disease. It has not been described in association with dopamine agonist therapy of other conditions. We report three patients treated in our sleep disorders center who developed pathologic gambling while receiving treatment with dopamine agonists for restless legs syndrome.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Disruptive, Impulse Control, and Conduct Disorders / chemically induced
  • Disruptive, Impulse Control, and Conduct Disorders / psychology
  • Dopamine Agonists / adverse effects*
  • Female
  • Gambling* / psychology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Restless Legs Syndrome / drug therapy*
  • Restless Legs Syndrome / psychology


  • Dopamine Agonists