Breaking news: painkillers don’t make you gay, though 23-year-old Scott Purdy would want you to believe otherwise.
After breaking his foot while go-karting, the young Brit — who described himself as heterosexual before the incident — was prescribed codeine by his doctor for the pain he was experiencing.
But due to negative side effects, his GP then switched him to Pregabalin (also known as Lyrica), a medication that treats all sorts of ailments, including epilepsy and generalized anxiety disorder.
Two weeks into taking Pregabalin, Purdy says he started to feel an attraction towards men.
“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”.
Scott believes it was Pregabalin that “made him” gay.
Yes, he actually believes the painkillers did this to him.
“I just think people should know about this”, he says.
“If anyone gets prescribed this in the future, I think they should know what this medication can do. It took me a while to realize 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”.
So liberating that Scott Purdy is planning to meet up with a man he’s been chatting with on Plenty of Fish.
But here’s a news flash: painkillers don’t turn you gay.
Clinical forensic psychologist Dr Mike Berry has a more grounded explanation as to why Scott suddenly came out after taking the medication.
Dr. Berry says that Scott’s anxiety about his sexuality may have been relieved by Pregabalin (remember, Pregabalin does also treat generalized anxiety disorders).
This sentiment is echoed by Dr. Carol Cooper who says, “The drug may have eased Scott’s anxiety and released his inhibitions so profoundly that it appears to have thrown a switch in his sex life”.
Look, good on Scott Purdy for coming out, but this guy really needs to stop spreading the myth that you can suddenly turn gay. That lie was debunked years ago.