Meet 23-year-old Scott Purdy.
One day Scott broke his foot in a go-karting accident. His life would never be the same afterwards he claims. Scott was once a man who was into women but after this accident something changed…
He thinks it’s after he began using the drug “Pregabalin” which is a painkiller.
He says that after he started using it he lost all sexual attraction to women and then later broke up with his girlfriend of six months.
Here it is in his own words…
“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 which is what it’s known better in the United States, is usually used to treat epilepsy and pain of the brain. But yes, one of the side effects can be loss of libido.
He went on:
“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.
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.”
And then he concluded…
“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.
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.”
Well good thing Scott had an open mind, I don’t know many people that could turn their situation into such a positive one!