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Man believes painkillers turned him gay

• http://metro.co.uk, Richard Hartley-Parkinson

He broke up with his girlfriend of six months and said that he had developed an attraction to men.

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".

'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 generalised anxiety disorder. Its documented side effects include loss of libido and mood swings.

Scott, from Louth, Lincolnshire, 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.

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