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How do dopamine agonists help with Parkinson's disease?

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Pramipexole (Mirapex), ropinirole (Requip), and rotigotine (Neupro) act like dopamine in the brain. You can take one of these drugs on its own or along with Sinemet. Most doctors prescribe dopamine agonists first and then add levodopa if symptoms still aren’t controlled.

Dopamine agonists don’t have the same risks of long-term problems as levodopa, so they're often the first choice of treatment for Parkinson's disease.

From: Medications for Parkinson's Disease WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Neil Lava on January 20, 2019

Medically Reviewed on 1/20/2019

SOURCES:

FDA. "FDA approves drug to treat Parkinson’s disease."

National Parkinson Foundation: "How Is PD Treated?" “Carbidopa-Levodopa,” “Dopamine agonists,” “MAO-B inhibitors.”

Parkinson's Disease Foundation: "Medications & Treatments."

UpToDate: "Patient information: Parkinson disease treatment options -- medications (Beyond the Basics)."

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Reviewed by Neil Lava on January 20, 2019

SOURCES:

FDA. "FDA approves drug to treat Parkinson’s disease."

National Parkinson Foundation: "How Is PD Treated?" “Carbidopa-Levodopa,” “Dopamine agonists,” “MAO-B inhibitors.”

Parkinson's Disease Foundation: "Medications & Treatments."

UpToDate: "Patient information: Parkinson disease treatment options -- medications (Beyond the Basics)."

Teva Neuroscience Inc.

 

Reviewed by Neil Lava on January 20, 2019

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