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Man says he unexpectedly turned gay after taking painkillers

Drug made more "open and not bothered what people think or say".

A 23-year-old man has claimed he unexpectedly turned gay after taking painkillers to treat an injury.

Scott Purdy, started taking painkiller Pregabalin which is also known as Lyrica, after a go-karting accident.

He was prescribed the drug after breaking his foot in the accident earlier this year.

He said being on the drug made more

"open and not bothered what people think or say".

The company which manufactures the medicine has said it is "an important and effective treatment option for many people living with chronic neuropathic pain, generalised anxiety disorder and epilepsy", and that the clinical effectiveness of this medicine had been demonstrated.

Scott said he left his girlfriend after he realised he was attracted to men.