Comparative efficacy of two oral sustained-release preparations of L-dopa in fluctuating Parkinson's disease. Preliminary findings in 20 patients

  • B. Kleedorfer
  • W. Poewe
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Summary

20 patients with Parkinson's disease and a fluctuating response to chronic treatment with conventional L-dopa preparations participated in an open randomized trial comparing two sustained-release L-dopa preparations (Madopar HBS, Sinemet CR4). While a majority (15 patients, 7 on Madopar HBS and 8 on Sinemet CR4) showed a favourable response after 2 months of slow-release L-dopa treatment the clinical benefit remained stable in only 2 patients on Madopar HBS and 3 patients on Sinemet CR4 over the entire follow-up period of 12 months. Reasons for treatment failure were increased peak-dose or biphasic dyskinesias or prolonged “off”-periods. This preliminary study failed to demonstrate clinically significant advantages of one slow-release principle over the other.

Key words

Parkinson's disease motor fluctuations oral sustained release L-dopa preparations 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • B. Kleedorfer
    • 1
  • W. Poewe
    • 1
  1. 1.Universitätsklinik für NeurologieInnsbruckAustria

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