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Role of dopamine agonists in Parkinson's disease therapy

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Dopamine agonists are an important component of Parkinson's therapy. When weighing up the various therapy options, therapy with levodopa has recently been increasingly preferred due to its stronger efficacy and the ostensibly lower rate of side effects. The advantage of the lower incidence of motor complications during therapy with dopamine agonists was neglected. The occurrence of side effects can be explained by the different receptor affinity to the individual dopaminergic and non-dopaminergic receptors of the individual dopamine agonists. However, the different affinity to individual receptors also explains the different effect on individual Parkinson symptoms and can, therefore, contribute to a targeted use of the different dopamine agonists. Since comparative studies on the differential effect of dopamine agonists have only been conducted for individual substances, empirical knowledge of the differential effect is of great importance. Therefore, the guidelines for the treatment of Parkinson's disease do not consider the differential effect of the dopamine agonists. The historical consideration of dopamine agonists within Parkinson's therapy deserves special attention to be able to classify the current discussion about the significance of dopamine agonists.

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Woitalla, D., Buhmann, C., Hilker-Roggendorf, R. et al. Role of dopamine agonists in Parkinson's disease therapy. J Neural Transm 130, 863–873 (2023).

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