Twenty Parkinson's disease patients, who had not yet received levodopa, were treated with low-dose bromocriptine. At a mean daily bromocriptine dose of 13.2 mg, 13 patients (65%) improved and had a 32% reduction in the combined score for tremor rigidity and bradykinesia. Adverse effects were frequent, and 25% of the patients were taken off the drug because of nausea or vomiting. After 30 months follow-up, only three patients continued on bromocriptine alone. Ten patients were eventually maintained on low-dose bromocriptine and levodopa-carbidopa, and a clear synergistic effect of bromocriptine in this drug combination was documented in eight patients. Low-dose bromocriptine does not replace levodopa as initial therapy for Parkinson's disease. The potential long-term benefit of the early use of combined low-dose levodopa-dopamine agonist therapy needs to be further studied.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Publication status||Published - 1985|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Neurology
- Pharmacology (medical)
- Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)