treat EARLY stages of Parkinson's with a dopamine agonist

The latest trend is to treat EARLY stages of Parkinson's with a dopamine agonist...instead of levodopa.

Levodopa is usually more effective than the dopamine agonists...pergolide (Permax), pramipexole (Mirapex), ropinirole (Requip), or bromocriptine (Parlodel).

But a dopamine agonist may improve symptoms enough to delay the start of levodopa for up to 5 years.

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