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Generic Sinemet is a high-quality medication which is used to treat symptoms of Parkinson's disease. Generic Sinemet can also be used to treat Parkinson-like symptoms caused by manganese poisoning, encephalitis, carbon monoxide poisoning. Levodopa is central nervous system agent. Carbidopa is decarboxylase inhibitor. Levodopa gives anti-Parkinson's effect and carbidopa work by protecting levodopa effectiveness.

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Generic Sinemet is a perfect remedy which is used to treat symptoms of Parkinson's disease caused by manganese poisoning, encephalitis, carbon monoxide poisoning. Levodopa is central nervous system agent. Carbidopa is decarboxylase inhibitor. Levodopa gives anti-Parkinson's effect and carbidopa work by protecting levodopa effectiveness.

Generic name of Generic Sinemet is Levodopa and Carbidopa.

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Electrolytic injury to dopaminergic neurons of the mesencephalic tegmentum in cats produced a steady experimental torticollis (ET) with contralateral turning of the head and body. DOPA potentiated and haloperidol mostly reduced ET. Analogous changes were induced by electrical stimulation of the ipsi- and contralateral caudate nucleus, respectively. Stimulation of the contralateral nucleus coupled with haloperidol administration led to a more pronounced restriction of ET. Unexpectedly, the same result was obtained after DOPA administration coupled with stimulation of the ipsi-lateral caudate nucleus. It is suggested that pharmacological treatment of torsion diseases should be combined with physical treatment methods.

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We conducted a prospective study of thyroid function in 46 patients with Parkinson disease and 46 age- and sex-matched controls with other neurologic disease. There was no statistical difference in serum thyroxine (T4) and T3 resin uptake (T3U) between the two groups. Neither the duration nor the quantity of L-dopa or carbidopa/L-dopa (Sinemet) therapy influenced these assessments of thyroid function. However, 3 of 46 Parkinson patients were hypothyroid, whereas none of 46 controls was hypothyroid. There was one hyperthyroid individual in each group. Early evaluation of thyroid function in all patients with Parkinson disease is recommended because of the unexpected frequency of hypothyroidism and because hypothyroid symptoms may be masked.

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This was a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, four-way crossover study in healthy subjects, with at least 5 days of washout between treatment periods.

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An analysis was performed using carbidopa/levodopa at dosages below and above the 800 mg threshold. A secondary analysis was then performed using two consecutive clinic visits to determine the effects of crossing the 800 mg threshold. Comparisons were made on standardised scales.

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Although peripheral neuropathies (PN) have been described in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) treated with oral dopaminergic therapies, anecdotal reports of subacute severe PN have been reported during treatment with enteral levodopa/carbidopa infusion (Duodopa).

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At week 10, a significant reduction from baseline in daily "off" time (-15.9 +/- 19.3%; P < 0.001) and a significant increase of "on" time (14.6 +/- 19.8%; P < 0.001) were observed. Other efficacy variables (Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale II, III, and IVb and Investigator's Global Assessment scores) improved significantly after switching to tolcapone. In general, there was no significant difference between the 2 replacement strategies. Treatment was better tolerated after the switch to tolcapone according to the IGA of tolerability.

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Peak plasma concentrations (Cmax) and systemic exposure (AUCt, AUCinf) for LD and CD increased dose-proportionally over the range of the IPX066 capsule strengths. Comparison of 1 and 2 IPX066 245-mg LD capsules showed dose-proportional pharmacokinetics for Cmax and AUCt. Sprinkling the capsule contents on applesauce did not affect the pharmacokinetics. A high-fat, high-calorie meal delayed the initial increase in LD concentration by approximately 1 to 2 hours, reduced Cmax by 21%, and increased AUCinf by 13% compared with the fasted state.

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Split spinal cord malformations (SCM) typically present in childhood and rarely in adulthood. Very little is known about the SCMs in the elderly, and the diagnosis can be easily missed. A 73-year-old woman with a childhood history of scoliosis and late ambulation milestones presented with a 2-year history of worsening low back pain and progressive difficulty walking. She had a mild gait disturbance with 4/5 weakness in left ankle dorsiflexion. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed a bifid spinal cord contained in a single thecal sac and a tethered cord with low-lying conus at L3. The patient was taken to the operating room and a soft-tissue median septum, as well as all other adhesions, was removed. The filum terminale was identified, coagulated, and divided. Six weeks later, the patient reported decreased back pain, improvement in ambulation, and markedly decreased used of narcotics for her back and leg pain. Her left ankle dorsiflexion strength improved to 4+/5. This patient had two hemicords encased in a single dural tube separated by a nonrigid, fibrous median septum and an associated tethered cord. Adult presentation of SCM is extremely rare. This case highlights the need to consider split cord malformation and tethered cord in the differential diagnosis not only for adults but also the elderly presenting with back pain, scoliosis, and difficulty walking.

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Twenty patients with moderately severe Parkinson's disease entered an open study of the efficacy and safety of a slow release preparation containing levodopa 200 mg and carbidopa 50 mg per tablet ('Sinemet CR4'). Following an initial four week baseline stabilisation period on conventional 'Sinemet' tablets, the patients were transferred to 'Sinemet CR4' and observed at intervals over the next 12 months. Fifteen patients completed the full year observation period. When compared with the baseline period, treatment with 'Sinemet CR4' was associated with longer periods of functional improvement and less fluctuation of response following each dose. The median (range) dose frequency was reduced from three (three-12) to two (two-seven) times daily (p less than 0.001) on 'Sinemet CR4' although median (range) total daily dose of levodopa was increased from 700 (375-2525) to 800 (400-2800) mg without any increase in adverse effects. Three patients developed peripheral neuropathy while receiving Sinemet CR4, but the association with this therapy is unclear. Overall 'Sinemet CR4' allowed a longer dosage interval and provided more stable control of disease manifestations than conventional 'Sinemet'.

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Amblyopia is a unilateral or bilateral reduction of visual acuity secondary to abnormal visual experience during early childhood. It is one of the most common causes of vision loss and monocular blindness and is commonly associated with strabismus, anisometropia, and visual deprivation (in particular congenital cataract and ptosis). It is clinically defined as a two-line difference of best-corrected visual acuity between the eyes. The purpose of this study was to understand the neural mechanisms of amblyopia and summarize the current therapeutic strategies. In particular, the authors focused on the concept of brain plasticity and its implication for new treatment strategies for children and adults with amblyopia.

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Levodopa/carbidopa intestinal gel (LCIG) infusion for the treatment of advanced Parkinson's disease (PD) has been suspected to provoke polyneuropathy in conjunction with vitamin B6, B12 and folate deficiency and elevated homocysteine levels. We describe a PD patient under LCIG therapy developing refractory epileptic seizures obviously promoted by vitamin B6 deficiency.

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In this consecutive series of patients treated with Duodopa, we observed one subacute sensory-motor PN and few length-dependent alterations of peripheral nerves, similar to those described during oral levodopa treatment.

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Deprenyl, a selective inhibitor of monoamine oxidase, type B, which is free of the "tyramine effect," may ameliorate symptom fluctuations in advanced Parkinson's disease (PD). We randomized 96 patients with marked symptom fluctuations at three centers to receive either deprenyl 5 mg b.i.d. or placebo in parallel fashion in addition to a previously optimized levodopa/carbidopa (Sinemet) regimen. Disability was recorded hourly at home by patients 3 days weekly during the 2-week baseline and the 6-week treatment period. Disability during the "on" state was assessed each week by examination. Mean hourly self-assessment of gait improved in 28 of 50 patients (56%) receiving deprenyl (mean degree of improvement 0.25 points on a 0-2 scale) and in 14 of 46 (30.4%) taking placebo (mean 0.15). Mean hourly overall symptom control improved in 29 (58%) taking deprenyl (mean 0.34) and in 12 (26.1%) taking placebo (mean 0.15) (p less than 0.01 for each parameter). No significant improvement occurred in the objective quality of the "on" state with deprenyl. Mean daily Sinemet dosage decreases were 17% in the deprenyl group and 7% in the placebo group. Adverse effects included nausea, light-headedness, dyskinesias, and hallucinations, all of which abated after the Sinemet dose was reduced. We conclude that deprenyl is of moderate benefit in a majority of patients with symptom fluctuations complicating PD and is generally well tolerated.

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At baseline, all patients had motor fluctuations despite a stable regimen of CL + E or CD-LD-entacapone combination tablets (CLE). The study included a 6-week conversion from CL + E or CLE to IPX066, followed by two 2-week, double-blind crossover treatment periods in randomized order, one on IPX066 (and placebo CL + E), the other on CL + E (and placebo IPX066), separated by 1-week open-label IPX066 treatment. The primary efficacy measure was mean percent daily "off" time during waking hours (from patient diaries).

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Thirty-four patients were enrolled; mean baseline L-dopa dosage was 968 mg/d. After titration, CD/L-dopa IR was dosed 4.8 times per day and DM-1992, 2 times per day. Rescue CD/L-dopa IR was given 1.3 times during the DM-1992 arm and 0.2 times during the CD/L-dopa IR arm. The reduction from baseline in % OFF time was greater for DM-1992 compared with CD/L-dopa IR (-5.52% vs. +1.33%; P = 0.0471). At steady-state, compared with CD/L-dopa IR, DM-1992 exhibited a smoother plasma L-dopa concentration profile mostly because of a significantly higher (day 10) predose L-dopa concentration, associated with enhanced motor performance. Although more patients taking DM-1992 had one or more adverse events (AEs) than CD/L-dopa IR patients (35% vs. 15%), no pattern to the AEs was seen, nor any resulting discontinuations.

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In patients with parkinsonism, essential tremor, torsion dystonia, choreic hyperkinesis and hemiballism, a significant increase in the prolactin and thyrotropic hormone was revealed. Possible interrelationship between neuroendocrinological and dysfunction of extrapyramidal structures, is discussed.

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To clarify the influence of gastric emptying on levodopa-related motor fluctuations in Parkinson's disease, we assessed mobility and plasma levodopa concentrations in 10 patients during five modes of levodopa administration: (1) standard intermittent oral (SIO), (2) intermittent duodenal (ID), (3) continuous duodenal infusion (CDI), (4) continuous gastric infusion (CGI), and (5) controlled-release Sinemet (CR-4). The rank order from greatest to least for both percentage of time "on" and average mobility score was CDI, CGI, ID, CR-4, and SIO. The rank order for variance of means, a measure of fluctuation, from least to greatest for mobility was CDI, CGI, CR-4, ID, SIO, and for plasma levodopa concentrations was CDI, CGI, ID, SIO, and CR-4. The results demonstrate that it is possible to produce very steady plasma concentrations of levodopa with a corresponding reduction in motor fluctuations by continuous intraduodenal administration of the drug. This mode of delivery is an ideal model for the development of optimal continuous-release preparations of levodopa. Other enteral routes have produced a more variable plasma levodopa concentration and clinical response.

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At baseline, mild signs of PN were observed in three subjects, and vitamin B12 serum levels were found to correlate with the amplitude of sural sensory action potentials. Follow-up data were available for 10/15 subjects: one patient developed a subacute sensory-motor PN and three subjects with pre-existing PN showed a moderate worsening of electrophysiological and clinical features. Subclinical electrophysiological alterations of peripheral nerves were observed in two subjects. No significant changes were observed in vitamin B12, folate, homocysteine and methylmalonic acid levels.

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The long-term effect of selegiline (L-deprenyl) in the treatment of Parkinson's disease has not been clearly delineated. We report on a group of patients whose treatment was initiated with selegiline (n = 43) and then subsequently included L-dopa-carbidopa (Sinemet) and in whom an extended period of observation was carried out; they are compared to a group of patients whose treatment consisted of L-dopa-carbidopa alone (n = 39). In each, serial observations of the parkinsonian state and the response to treatment on a yearly basis for a period of 5 years were performed. No significant difference in the Hoehn-Yahr stage or in the motor subscores of tremor, rigidity, bradykinesia, and gait-posture was found between the two groups, nor was there a significant difference in the incidence of fluctuating responses or dyskinesias. The group that received combination therapy required less L-dopa than did the group that received L-dopa-carbidopa alone during the first 3 years of treatment and a similar trend was evident in years 4 to 5. We conclude that minimal benefits accrued to the parkinsonian patients from long-term use of selegiline. No clinical evidence to support the claim of "neuroprotective" properties was found. Selegiline's major usefulness is to modify the fluctuating therapeutic response seen with L-dopa-carbidopa.

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Adjunctive Sinemet (L-DOPA plus carbidopa) therapy was assessed for a neuroleptic nonresponsive schizophrenic with a longstanding negative syndrome. A twenty-seven week double-blind placebo-controlled reversal design found significant improvement specifically for negative symptoms while treated with combined haloperidol-Sinemet as compared against haloperidol-placebo. The eight-week adjunctive treatment reversed a worsening trend in attention, abstract thinking, passive withdrawal, psychomotor retardation, and a cluster of seven negative parameters, while positive symptoms were unaffected. This seemed to represent more than simple reversal of drug-induced akinesia and underscores the importance of distinguishing between positive and negative syndromes in psychopharmacological research.

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The classification of dysautonomias has been confusing, and the pathophysiology obscure. We examined sympathetic innervation of the heart in patients with acquired, idiopathic dysautonomias using thoracic positron-emission tomography and assessments of the entry rate of the sympathetic neurotransmitter norepinephrine into the cardiac venous drainage (cardiac norepinephrine spillover). We related the laboratory findings to signs of sympathetic neurocirculatory failure (orthostatic hypotension and abnormal blood-pressure responses associated with the Valsalva maneuver), central neural degeneration, and responsiveness to treatment with levodopa-carbidopa (Sinemet).

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Parkinson disease (PD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease with motor, nonmotor, and behavioral findings. Imaging technology advances have allowed the characterization of the underlying pathologic changes to the brain and identification of specific lesions in dopaminergic neurons. Although certain imaging techniques allow for detection up to 20 years before the onset of motor symptoms, these advances have yet to produce meaningful treatments to halt the disease or reverse its course. Current treatments are directed at optimizing symptomatic management. Referral to a movement disorder specialist familiar with PD should be considered for providers with limited familiarity in diagnosis or treatment.

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The article describes a rare clinical case where a patient with right-side spastic torticollis developed stable left-side spastic torticollis following discontinuation of nacom. On the basis of clinico-physiological analysis of the given phenomenon and having compared their findings with the literature data the authors substantiate the involvement of the nigrostriatal systems of both hemispheres in the pathogenesis of torticollis and in the mechanisms of rotation inversion reported in the given disease for the first time.

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Total cost was measured as the cost of Sinemet formulations plus the costs of other antiparkinson medications. Differences in pre- and postconversion costs were compared by using the paired, two-tailed Student's t-test. A substudy of 39 patients on the cost-effectiveness of conversion measured the ratio of daily medication costs to the daily hours "on" without chorea.

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We present a case of severe rigidity during emergence from general anaesthesia in a 64-year-old man who had suffered from Parkinson's disease for nine years. Controversy still exists over how to optimally manage these patients perioperatively. We successfully managed his Parkinsonism with administration of crushed Sinemet" and amantadine via a nasogastric tube. This case report serves as a reminder of the importance that patients receive their anti-Parkinsonian medications perioperatively, and highlights the potential benefits of inserting a gastric tube to continue anti-Parkinson's medication dosing during prolonged surgery.

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During the 5 years of the study, both treatment groups responded extremely well to therapy. The incidence of all patients reaching the 'event' was low, approximately 20% by diary criteria and 16% by questionnaire definition, and there was no significant difference between the two treatment groups. Activities of daily living scores in the Unified Parkinson Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS) consistently favored the Sinemet CR treatment group and a number of the NHP scales also favored the CR group. Based upon the frequency of adverse experiences, and the overall low incidence of withdrawals, the two treatment groups demonstrated very similar safety profiles. The most common drug-related effect was nausea; seen in 20% of patients. Other drug-related effects were dizziness, insomnia, abdominal pain, dyskinesia, headache and depression. Drug-related withdrawals were less than 10% of all patients, primarily due to nervous/psychiatric complaints.

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The present proof-of-concept study provides preliminary support for a complex, multilevel impact of the dopaminergic system on the emotion-potentiated startle reflex suggesting increased phasic dopamine transmission driven by the more active COMT 158val allele and/or a single dose of L-dopa to predispose to maladaptive emotional processing and thereby potentially also to anxiety-related psychopathological states.

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Patient-reported data can be a valuable, adjunctive tool in helping physicians assess the quality-of-life and functional changes in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD). We analyzed and evaluated the largest PD patient-reported database (PROPATHtrade mark) relative to prescribing habits and changes in reported outcomes by therapy. Our analysis included 1436 patients, followed for 1 yr, who completed a series of questionnaires assessing medication therapy, daily activity scores adapted from the Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS), global disease visual analogue scale, and health resources consumption. Our results indicated that physicians are prescribing Eldepryl(R) with increased frequency in patients with early and mild PD. Patients receiving Eldepryl alone or in combination with Sinemet(R) reported better outcomes than those receiving Sinemet monotherapy. There was a great deal of variability in the reported utilization of healthcare resources by patients in the PROPATH program and, thus, no statistical differences were noted for patients treated with different regimens. We conclude that the adjunctive use of longitudinal patient self-reported data programs such as PROPATH can help assess and improve overall patient outcomes. Future controlled studies should be conducted to further evaluate the roles of alternative therapies and patient-reported data in improving quality-of-life and outcomes for PD patients.

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L-deprenyl (selegiline) has been reported as a safe effective adjunctive agent to levodopa in the control of Parkinson's symptoms, as well as a means of preventing the progressive nature of the disease process. In an ongoing study, now in its 12th year, L-deprenyl has been administered 1. as monotherapy or 2. in combination with levodopa, to previously untreated patients in the early phases of the disease; 3. added to an existing regimen of levodopa when optimal therapeutic results are not being obtained. This report reviews our experience in each of these three treatment categories. Results obtained to date, indicate that L-deprenyl administered alone does not prevent the occurrence of signs of Parkinson's disease. Its administration with levodopa, as initial therapy, allows for use of lower dosage and less side-effects of the latter agent. When L-deprenyl is added to sub-optimal responders to levodopa, it attenuates fluctuating responses, particularly those of the 'end-of-dose' variety sinemet buy .

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Burning Atarax 75 Mg mouth syndrome has been reported as being more common in Parkinson's disease patients than the general population. While the pathophysiology is unclear, decreased dopamine levels and dopamine dysregulation are hypothesized to play a role. We report a patient with Parkinson's disease who developed burning mouth syndrome with carbidopa/levodopa. Our patient had resolution of burning mouth symptoms when carbidopa/levodopa was replaced with a dopamine agonist. Based on our patient's clinical course, in conjunction with earlier studies assessing the relationship between burning mouth syndrome and Parkinson's disease, we discuss a potential role for dopamine in burning mouth syndrome in Parkinson's disease.

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During the 5 years of the study, both treatment groups responded extremely well to therapy. The incidence of all patients reaching the 'event' was low, approximately Aldactone Drug 20% by diary criteria and 16% by questionnaire definition, and there was no significant difference between the two treatment groups. Activities of daily living scores in the Unified Parkinson Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS) consistently favored the Sinemet CR treatment group and a number of the NHP scales also favored the CR group. Based upon the frequency of adverse experiences, and the overall low incidence of withdrawals, the two treatment groups demonstrated very similar safety profiles. The most common drug-related effect was nausea; seen in 20% of patients. Other drug-related effects were dizziness, insomnia, abdominal pain, dyskinesia, headache and depression. Drug-related withdrawals were less than 10% of all patients, primarily due to nervous/psychiatric complaints.

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Augmented motor blocks in internally-cued performance should be recognized as a frequent, distinct and generalized feature of PD. Whereas the gait disorder is regarded as characteristic of the advanced stage of PD, our findings suggest that the basic defect in internal rhythm formation can be detected by sensitive measurement tools from the early stages of the disease. In addition, the methodology developed in this study to quantitatively measure manual motor blocks may be a useful tool for future development of therapeutic regimens Amaryl 86 Mg for this debilitating aspect of motor dysfunction in PD.

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Retrospectively, this study compared the two procedures, evaluating 40 PD patients who underwent either Hytrin Generic Names STN-DBS or a percutaneous gastrostomy (PEG) for Duodopa infusion. Duodopa group comprised 20 patients, with a mean follow-up of ∼15 months, treated by Duodopa infusion rather than STN-DBS because of the presence of neurosurgical contraindications, age > 70 years-old, moderate cognitive impairment or patient's unwillingness to undergo neurosurgery. The STN-DBS group comprised 20 consecutive patients similar to the patients of the Duodopa group for age at the disease onset, age at the procedure, follow-up, and duration of motor complications. The only difference concerned neuropsychological functions, which were more impaired in the group of Duodopa patients. Clinical and neuropsychological data were compared at baseline and at follow-up for the two procedures.

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IPX066, an investigational extended-release carbidopa Amalaki Rasayan Tablets -levodopa (CD-LD) preparation, has demonstrated a rapid attainment and prolonged maintenance of therapeutic LD plasma concentrations in advanced Parkinson's disease (PD). This phase-3 crossover study assessed its efficacy and safety vs. CD-LD plus entacapone (CL + E).

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The gastrointestinal transit and systemic absorption of Sinemet CR (50/200) and standard Sinemet (25/100) have been studied in fasting and "fed" healthy human subjects. Both formulations were labeled with a gamma-emitting radionuclide, and their gastric emptying, colon arrival, and in vivo dissolution profiles were monitored using gamma scintigraphy. The standard dosage forms were found to disperse soon after administration and to empty rapidly from both the fasting and the "fed" stomach. The erosion of the controlled-release (CR) system was independent of food. Dosing after a light breakfast altered the gastric emptying profile of the CR formulation and led to significant differences in the plasma levels of levodopa.

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Sinemet CR, a controlled-release form of carbidopa/levodopa, was administered for 36 or 39 months to 8 patients with Parkinson's disease in an open-label study. On standard Sinemet each patient had experienced "wearing off" phenomena, and 5 had also experienced random "off" episodes. Daily "on" time, dyskinesia time, disability score, levodopa dosage requirement, and dosing frequency on Sinemet CR were compared with baseline values on standard Sinemet therapy. After both 3 and 36 or 39 months of Sinemet CR therapy, 5 patients showed increased daily "on" time compared with baseline. All 8 required fewer daily doses after 3 months on Sinemet CR, but only 3 were still taking fewer doses after 36 or 39 months. Disability scores remained essentially unchanged. Patients continued to elect to remain on Sinemet CR over the 3-year period, citing improved predictability of response and less severe and precipitous "off" episodes as the main reasons. This experience suggests that patient acceptance of Sinemet CR remains high. A modest improvement in "on" time can be achieved and maintained in some patients for as long as 3 years. However, as with standard Sinemet, dosing frequency for Sinemet CR may need to be gradually increased with time in order to maintain benefits achieved.

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Monoamine oxidase A (MAO-A) is an important target in the pathophysiology and therapeutics of major depressive disorder, aggression, and neurodegenerative conditions. We measured the effect of changes in MAO-A substrate on MAO-A binding in regions implicated in affective and neurodegenerative disease with [(11)C]-harmine positron emission tomography in healthy volunteers. Monoamine oxidase A V(T), an index of MAO-A density, was decreased (mean: 14%±9%) following tryptophan depletion in prefrontal cortex (P<0.031), and elevated (mean: 17%±11%) in striatum following carbidopa-levodopa administration (P<0.007). These findings suggest an adaptive role for MAO-A in maintaining monoamine neurotransmitter homeostasis by rapidly compensating fluctuating monoamine levels.

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We prospectively assessed clinical and electrophysiological data of 15 consecutive patients with PD treated with Duodopa for a mean follow-up of 9 months.

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Ever since its early clinical use in the 1960s, levodopa has remained the gold standard of symptomatic efficacy in the drug treatment of Parkinson's disease (PD). Motor response fluctuations and drug-induced dyskinesias seriously compromise the unparalleled symptomatic efficacy of l-dopa during long-term treatment. Discontinuous drug delivery resulting from the short half-life of l-dopa and erratic gastrointestinal absorption plays a major role in the pathophysiology of these motor complications. Several approaches to improve the pharmacokinetics and ways of administration of l-dopa are in different stages of clinical development and include novel formulations as well as nonoral routes of drug delivery. IPX066 is a novel extended-release l-dopa capsule that has successfully completed phase III clinical trials while the l-dopa prodrug XP21279 and a gastric retention formulation ("accordion pill") are in earlier phases of clinical development. Novel enzyme inhibitors enhancing l-dopa efficacy and half-life are also still being developed, including a novel catechol-O-methyltransferase inhibitor with once-daily pharmacokinetics, and there are studies testing the effects of increasing the dose of amino acid decarboxylase inhibitors given concomitantly with l-dopa. Intrajejunal infusion of a gel formulation of l-dopa/carbidopa is in clinical use in Europe, and its efficacy to smooth out motor fluctuations has recently been shown in a randomized, controlled trial. Subcutaneous and intrapulmonal delivery routes of l-dopa have reached phase III of clinical development. After more than 50 years of clinical use, l-dopa not only remains the gold standard of symptomatic efficacy, but it also remains a drug in active clinical development.

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Parkinson disease (PD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease with motor, nonmotor, and behavioral findings. Imaging technology advances have allowed the characterization of the underlying pathologic changes to the brain and identification of specific lesions in dopaminergic neurons. Although certain imaging techniques allow for detection up to 20 years before the onset of motor symptoms, these advances have yet to produce meaningful treatments to halt the disease or reverse its course. Current treatments are directed at optimizing symptomatic management. Referral to a movement disorder specialist familiar with PD should be considered for providers with limited familiarity in diagnosis or treatment.

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The modulation of expression of the dopamine transporter by dopaminergic drugs was investigated by flow cytometry in peripheral blood lymphocytes from patients suffering Parkinson's disease. An 8-week in vivo exposure to pramipexole (0.7 mg free base, 3 times a day) or ropinirole (12 mg, once daily), but not levodopa/carbidopa (100/25 mg, 3 times a day), significantly reduced the mean fluorescence intensity of the dopamine transporter in peripheral blood lymphocytes. These results demonstrate that levodopa differs from dopamine agonists in its regulation of dopamine transporter expression in peripheral blood lymphocytes.

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Certain pharmacologic interventions may improve outcome for brain injury in animals and humans. Medications affecting the dopaminergic pathway appear to be important. We present the case of a 24-year-old man with traumatic brain injury who remained unresponsive to commands and unchanged for six months despite periodic aggressive therapy. Within days of beginning Sinemet (levodopa/carbidopa), the patient became conversant and responsive. The reported low likelihood of spontaneous recovery of cognition in patients who are vegetative for six months suggests that Sinemet was responsible for this patient's recovery. In this case, the relatively small risk of side effects from Sinemet was greatly outweighed by the change in functional outcome.

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The present proof-of-concept study provides preliminary support for a complex, multilevel impact of the dopaminergic system on the emotion-potentiated startle reflex suggesting increased phasic dopamine transmission driven by the more active COMT 158val allele and/or a single dose of L-dopa to predispose to maladaptive emotional processing and thereby potentially also to anxiety-related psychopathological states.

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Two large, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled multicenter studies, one North American and one European, examined the efficacy and safety of 300 and 600 mg/day tolcapone in similar populations of patients (n = 379) with Parkinson's disease currently taking levodopa and experiencing motor fluctuations. Change in "on-off" function was the most important end-point assessment. The two studies found similar results. The percentage of "on" time improved significantly and "off" time was reduced. Daily levodopa dosage requirements decreased significantly. The most common and significant adverse event was increased dyskinesia; hallucinations were not frequently encountered.

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The impact of dyskinesias and motor fluctuations on quality of life (QOL) at various stages in the course of Parkinson's disease (PD) is not well understood. In 301 subjects with early PD enrolled in a clinical trial (CALM-PD), we quantified the impact of motor complications on QOL and investigated how this changes over time. We also compared QOL related to demographic and treatment characteristics. The presence of dyskinesias was associated with visual analogue scale (VAS) scores 3.0 of 100 points higher (better) than those without dyskinesias in years 1 to 2, even when adjusting for Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS) motor scores. The positive association between dyskinesias and QOL scores was more marked in older patients. In years 3 to 4, dyskinesias no longer had a significant relationship with QOL. Younger subjects had higher VAS scores. Gender, motor fluctuations, and treatment regimen had no significant association with QOL, although a trend was found toward a small negative effect of motor fluctuations on QOL. We conclude that motor complications that occur within the first 4 years of treatment of PD do not have a significant negative effect on quality of life as measured by a visual analogue scale for most patients.

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There was a dose-dependent and significant increase in levodopa extent of exposure (area under the plasma concentration-time curve from time zero to infinity [AUC(infinity)]) without a significant change in peak exposure (maximum plasma concentration; [C(max)]). Using placebo as a reference, levodopa geometric mean ratios (GMRs) and 90% CIs following nebicapone 50 mg, 100 mg and 200 mg were, respectively, 1.13 (0.98, 1.30), 1.04 (0.90, 1.19) and 1.10 (0.96, 1.27) for C(max) and 1.26 (1.16, 1.34), 1.37 (1.27, 1.75) and 1.47 (1.42, 1.65) for AUC(infinity). For 3-O-methyldopa (3-OMD), the GMRs and 90% CIs were, respectively, 0.61 (0.55, 0.67), 0.45 (0.41, 0.50) and 0.33 (0.30, 0.36) for C(max) and 0.69 (0.61, 0.78), 0.53 (0.41, 0.61) and 0.41 (0.37, 0.47) for AUC(infinity). Nebicapone dose dependently and significantly decreased COMT activity. Maximum COMT inhibition occurred at 1.5-2.4 hours post-dose and ranged from 56% to 73% with nebicapone 50 mg and 200 mg, respectively. There was a good correlation between plasma concentrations of nebicapone and inhibition of S-COMT activity. Treatments were well tolerated.

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Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) results from upper airway (UA) obstruction. In Parkinson's disease (PD), levodopa improves UA obstruction during wakefulness. We hypothesized that bedtime controlled-release levodopa (Sinemet CR) is associated with less severe OSA (lower apnea-hypopnea index [AHI]) in PD patients.

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to compare the efficacy of Sinemet CR4 (CR4), a slow release levodopa preparation, with that of standard Sinemet in patients with Parkinson's disease and motor fluctuations.

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Fifty-one patients were enrolled in a double-blind, parallel group, multicentre study conducted to assess short-term efficacy and tolerance of bromocriptine (Parlodel) or L-DOPA/carbidopa (Sinemet) in patients never treated with amantadine, ergot alkaloids or L-DOPA-based drugs. An attempt to use the lowest effective dose was made. The responder rate for each group was approximately 78%; the mean daily dose for responders was 22.5 mg of bromocriptine or 250 mg of L-DOPA/carbidopa. The overall clinical improvement in each group was 62% (bromocriptine) and 55% (L-DOPA/carbidopa) for neurological assessment and 36% (bromocriptine) and 31% (L-DOPA/carbidopa) for functional disability. Comparison between groups did not show any significant difference for both neurological and disability assessments. The most frequent side effect was nausea (L-DOPA, N = 3; bromocriptine, N = 6).

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Loss of dopaminergic innervation of the striatum results in overactivity of the glutamatergic pathways from the subthalamic nucleus to the internal segment of the globus pallidus and the substantia nigra pars reticulata, the output nuclei of the basal ganglia. Previous work has shown that local blockade of glutamate receptors in the internal segment of the globus pallidus or substantia nigra pars reticulata leads to marked suppression of parkinsonian signs. We have now examined whether systemic administration of a glutamate receptor antagonist has antiparkinsonian effects in rodent and primate models of Parkinson's disease. Remacemide hydrochloride is an anticonvulsant, neuroprotective compound with antagonist activity at the N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor ion channel. In normal rats and monoamine-depleted rats, remacemide hydrochloride did not cause locomotor hyperactivity, unlike MK-801. When monoamine-depleted rats were treated with a subthreshold dose of levodopa methylester, remacemide hydrochloride (5-40 mg/kg, orally) caused a dose-dependent increase in locomotor activity. Moreover, remacemide hydrochloride (10 mg/kg, orally) potentiated the effects of each suprathreshold dose of levodopa methylester tested (100-200 mg/kg, intraperitoneally). Parkinsonian rhesus monkeys were tested with oral doses of vehicle plus vehicle, vehicle plus levodopa-carbidopa, and remacemide hydrochloride (5 mg/kg) plus levodopa-carbidopa. Blinded clinical scoring of videotapes revealed that treatment with remacemide hydrochloride plus levodopa-carbidopa was substantially better than levodopa-carbidopa plus vehicle or vehicle plus vehicle. The effects of remacemide hydrochloride lasted at least 5 hours. We conclude that certain N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor antagonists have antiparkinsonian actions and low potential for side effects. Clinical trials of remacemide hydrochloride in patients with Parkinson's disease may be warranted.

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Four healthy monkeys were injected with diluted MPTP solution continuously through peripheral veins. The behavioral changes of the monkeys were monitored with the Parkinson disease scale for monkeys. 18FDG-PET-CT scans for the whole brain were obtained before and 3 months after the injection of MPTP. The pathological and glucose metabolic changes of the brains were examined.

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Periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD) is one of the commonest neurological disorders and causes significant disability, if left untreated. However, it is rarely diagnosed in clinical practice, probably due to lack of awareness and/or lack of necessary diagnostic facilities. Restless leg syndrome (RLS), aging, pregnancy, uraemia, iron deficiency, polyneuropathy are some of the common causes of secondary PLMD. Clinical presentation, polysomnographic findings and management of six patients of PLMD have been discussed in this report.

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Nerve conduction studies and a clinical evaluation with a standardized battery of peripheral neuropathy scales were performed at baseline and after a mean follow-up of 9 months.