A man who claimed that painkillers turned him gay has said he doesn’t want to stop taking the pills because he fears he will turn straight again.
Unemployed Scott Purdy, 23, started taking Pregabalin, also known as Lyrica, after a go-karting accident.>Police inspector 'filmed boy sunbathing' and made 300 indecent images of children
He said it led to him losing his his sexual attraction to women, broke up with his girlfriend and started seeking out men on Plenty of Fish.
He appeared on This Morning where he said: ”All I craved was male attention so I thought it was a bit weird and stopped taking it just in case.
‘As soon as that happened my sexual attraction towards my ex-girlfriend went back up and I was more intimate and cuddly and it was normal again. But the pain started building back up and so I started taking Pregabalin again.
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‘I’m really happy now I’m back on it and the fear is that if I stop taking it I will go back to who I was and I don’t want to do that.
‘It’s very confusing to me and right from the start I don’t know whether it was the pill, or whether it just opened me up to be happier, but when I stopped taking it for that short time I was not happy.’
He explained that when he was 16 or 17 he kissed another teenager he was gay but said it wasn’t for him.
He reiterated that he had no desire for men before taking the drug and his feelings came ‘out of the blue’.
He also revealed that he is not in contact with his family while his friends have found the situation bizarre.
‘When I put it on Facebook about a week and a half ago I didn’t say the reason why, and everyone was saying they didn’t see it coming and it’s a great shock because it was so out of character.’
Dr Ranj Singh told the show: ‘What it probably did was allow you to be able to express what was already there. That’s my professional opinion. It’s allowed you to be your true self.
‘These feelings were probably always there. This has given you permission to be who you are and if you are happy then that is a good thing.’
Speaking earlier about his breakup, Scott said: ‘I said to [my girlfriend], “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”.
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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.
‘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.
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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.
Can it really turn you gay?
Pregabalin, originally marketed as Lyrica by pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, is a drug used to treat chronic pain, anxiety and epilepsy.
And far from turning someone gay, one doctor has claimed that in some instances the drug can actually decrease any homosexual feelings.
Dr Lawrence Wilson, who claims to have a medical degree from the Centro De Estudios Universitarios Xochicalco, now located in Ensenada, Mexico, suggests that Lyrica may ‘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.
Some patients on the drug are also known to suffer problems getting an erection, the NHS says.
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.
A spokesman for Pfizer said: ‘When prescribed and administered appropriately as per the approved label, Lyrica® (pregabalin) is an important and effective treatment option for many people living with chronic neuropathic pain, generalised anxiety disorder and epilepsy.