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British Man Claims Lyrica Made Him Gay

by Kilian Melloy
Tuesday Apr 17, 2018

Reputable mental health experts scoff at the notion that you can "cure" a gay person, which is to say, make them straight through torture, prayer, counseling, or - in some rarefied instances of exotic "reparative therapy" - naked cuddling.

Also scurrilous are claims that children who witness gay men holding hands, go to same-sex weddings, or have two mommies will somehow be "turned gay." Religious hysteria and outmoded superstition notwithstanding, the biological sciences indicate that the truth about sexuality is that it is innate, incidental, and unchangeable - although, perhaps, more fluid than we are accustomed to believing.

So could you, say, turn a straight man gay? Perhaps with drugs?

That's the claim being made by a British man who claims he's a former heterosexual who somehow became gay after taking Lyrica (a painkiller also marketed under the name Pregabalin), British tabloid the Mirror reports.

According to the Mirror article, 23-year-old Scott Purdy broke his foot in an accident and then, after taking Lyrica for pain, found himself suddenly attracted to men. "I noticed my libido for women had gone and I was wanting male attention," the article quoted Purdy - who ended up breaking things off with his girlfriend - as saying.

Purdy, who copped to being "a little bit curious" about guys when he was younger, went on to recount how things ended with his girlfriend. British newspaper the Daily Mail quoted him as saying, "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.'"

Purdy added that she was "understanding."

As for himself, Purdy added, "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."

Lyrica's clinical uses also include treatment for epilepsy and relief from fibromyalgia and social anxiety. Will physicians start prescribing it for unhappy heterosexuals struggling with unwanted sexual attraction to members of the opposite gender? Will the list of side effects - which currently includes double and blurred vision, nausea, fatigue, and weight gain - have to be updated to include an interest in hot hunks of one's own gender?

Time will tell, but the Daily Mail quoted a spokesperson for Pfizer - the manufacturer of Lyrica - as saying, "If you are taking a medicine and experience any unexpected side effects, we recommend that you immediately report these to your doctor or to another healthcare professional."

Meanwhile, Purdy is "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."

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Assistant Arts Editor. He also reviews theater for WBUR. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.


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  • , 2018-04-18 12:35:16

    so he us an addict looking to stay on his drug


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