Journal of Neural Transmission

, Volume 106, Issue 9–10, pp 925–929

An overnight switch to ropinirole therapy in patients with Parkinson's disease

  • M. Canesi
  • A. Antonini
  • C. B. Mariani
  • S. Tesei
  • A. L. Zecchinelli
  • M. Barichella
  • G. Pezzoli
Short Communication

Summary.

Patients with Parkinson's disease (n = 68) switched from per-golide or bromocriptine to ropinirole overnight (dose equivalence ratios – 1 : 6 and 10 : 6, respectively). The activities of daily living score for the Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS) was significantly improved 4 weeks after the bromocriptine–ropinirole switch. All other UPDRS scores, including that for the side-effect component, were not significantly different after either switch. Overnight switching may be a safe therapeutic approach that may reduce hospitalisation and related socio-economic costs.

Keywords: Ropinirole pergolide bromocriptine Parkinson's disease. 

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© Springer-Verlag Wien 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Canesi
    • 1
  • A. Antonini
    • 1
  • C. B. Mariani
    • 1
  • S. Tesei
    • 1
  • A. L. Zecchinelli
    • 1
  • M. Barichella
    • 1
  • G. Pezzoli
    • 1
  1. 1.Parkinson Institute Milan, Istituti Clinici di Perfezionamento, Milan, ItalyIT

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