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Posted by Bruce on August 31, 2000 at 23:50:43:

In Reply to: parkinson's treatments posted by BroadRog on August 22, 2000 at 15:01:26:

: I have heard about something called levadopa for parkinson's. What is it and what does it do, how well does it work? And do you guys know anything else about Parkinson's treatments, especially early intervention?

: also, what have you heard about genes and parkinson's? are there any genetic therapies?

Broadrag, Just wanted to add that the current thinking on starting therapy for pd Is to save the Sinemet for lster and atart out with a drug such as requip. The reasonibg for going this route is that when you take Sinamet for 5-10 years it begins to wear off and then the doctor is forced to keep increasing the dose of the Sinamet and then you will begin to have more side effects such as dyskinesa. So the later you cab put off taking Sinemet the fewer the side effects. There are several drugs like requip that instead of providing levsdopa, act directly on the dopamine receptors in the brain, Most of them are in thw xlass called agonists.

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