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Fifteen patients with idiopathic Parkinson's disease (eight men, seven women; mean age, 71.8 years) and 22 normal controls (10 men, 12 women; mean age, 68.0 years) volunteered for the study.
Eighteen patients who had been treated with levodopa were assigned to the case group, and 19 untreated patients were assigned to the control group. Snellen visual acuity converted to logMAR and mean deviation on Humphrey automated perimetry (Program 24-2, Humphrey Instruments, San Leardro, CA) were evaluated at the initial and 6-month visits.
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Entacapone is a specific, potent, peripherally acting catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) inhibitor. It has been shown to improve the bioavailability of plasma levodopa and extend its clinical effect when used as an adjunct to standard levodopa preparations, but there is little experience of the effect of entacapone on controlled release levodopa preparations.
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In the largest collection of levodopa-carbidopa intestinal gel safety data from prospective clinical studies, procedure/device events were frequently reported and occasionally life threatening. Most non-procedure/device events were typical for levodopa treatment and an elderly population. These factors combined with high treatment efficacy led to a relatively low discontinuation rate in advanced PD patients.
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This is a personal account of the rapid disappearance of long-term severe emotional symptomatology following the diagnosis of parkinsonism and the beginning of Sinemet medication. It raises two questions. First, can mental health practitioners be sensitized to earlier detection and diagnosis of parkinsonism by reviewing the specific patterns of emotional disturbances in older patients? Second, is there a presymptomatic psychiatric syndrome in parkinsonism that is more akin to a global emotional instability than to a depressive state?
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Motor complications in Parkinson's disease (PD) are associated with long-term oral levodopa treatment and linked to pulsatile dopaminergic stimulation. L-dopa-carbidopa intestinal gel (LCIG) is delivered continuously by percutaneous endoscopic gastrojejunostomy tube (PEG-J), which reduces L-dopa-plasma-level fluctuations and can translate to reduced motor complications. We present final results of the largest international, prospective, 54-week, open-label LCIG study. PD patients with severe motor fluctuations (>3 h/day "off" time) despite optimized therapy received LCIG monotherapy. Additional PD medications were allowed >28 days post-LCIG initiation. Safety was the primary endpoint measured through adverse events (AEs), device complications, and number of completers. Secondary endpoints included diary-assessed off time, "on" time with/without troublesome dyskinesia, UPDRS, and health-related quality-of-life (HRQoL) outcomes. Of 354 enrolled patients, 324 (91.5%) received PEG-J and 272 (76.8%) completed the study. Most AEs were mild/moderate and transient; complication of device insertion (34.9%) was the most common. Twenty-seven (7.6%) patients withdrew because of AEs. Serious AEs occurred in 105 (32.4%), most commonly complication of device insertion (6.5%). Mean daily off time decreased by 4.4 h/65.6% (P < 0.001). On time without troublesome dyskinesia increased by 4.8 h/62.9% (P < 0.001); on time with troublesome dyskinesia decreased by 0.4 h/22.5% (P = 0.023). Improvements persisted from week 4 through study completion. UPDRS and HRQoL outcomes were also improved throughout. In the advanced PD population, LCIG's safety profile consisted primarily of AEs associated with the device/procedure, l-dopa/carbidopa, and advanced PD. LCIG was generally well tolerated and demonstrated clinically significant improvements in motor function, daily activities, and HRQoL sustained over 54 weeks.
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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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The LC-5 microtablets were bioequivalent to the LC-100 tablets in area under the curve (AUC) and maximum concentration in plasma (Cmax) for levodopa, and to the LB-100 tablets in AUC. The dispersible levodopa/benserazide formulation showed earlier time to Cmax and significantly higher Cmax for levodopa in plasma compared to the microtablets. Carbidopa showed larger interindividual variation in AUC and Cmax than levodopa, and the bioequivalence comparison LC-5/LC-100 for this compound did not reach the target. Nevertheless, comparison of 3-O-MD levels for LC-5/LC-100, assuming proportionality to levodopa levels, demonstrated bioequivalence.
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A new technique for quick objective and quantitative determination of important aspects of the motor handicap in movement disorders is presented. A compound, but natural, test movement was used to find out if the degree of dysfunction in postural, locomotor and manual motor functions differed among the patients and if medication influenced these functions differently. After 12 h without medication, 16 patients with Parkinson's disease showed a movement time between 1.5 and 13.6 times that of an age-matched normal subject and a greater performance variability on repeated examination. In some patients the increase of test movement time was caused mainly by the locomotion component while in others the time for the postural or manual part of the movement was more markedly augmented. Thus, a specific motor disability profile was found for each patient and expressed in quantitative terms. The effects of l-dopa treatment were quantified in each patient.
A lack of S-COMT has a notable, albeit small, brain-area and sex-dependent effect on the O-methylation of dopamine and 3,4-dihydroxyphenylacetic acid in the mouse brain. It also induces subtle changes in mouse social interaction behaviors and nociception.
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The case of Duodopa® provides excellent insight into VBP reimbursement decision making in combination with CED and ex post review in actual practice. Publicly available decisions document the rigorous, time-consuming process (four iterations were required before a final decision could be reached). The data generated as part of the risk-sharing agreement proved correct the initial decision to grant limited coverage despite lack of economic data. Access was provided to 100 patients while evidence was generated.
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The pharmacokinetics (plasma concentrations of l-dopa and 3-O-methyldopa [3-OMD]) and motor effects (global score of the Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale-III) of a single dose of l-dopa (plus the peripheral decarboxylase inhibitor 1:4) were determined in 14 patients with advanced PD. Patients were classified into 2 groups according to Hoehn and Yahr scale (stages 2 and 3). In 1 patient with severe dyskinesias and fluctuations, pk/pd of l-dopa were evaluated before and after coadministration of tolcapone at 100 mg 2 times daily for 1 month. The pk/pd analysis was based on an estimate of the maximal response model with a semiparametric approach to effect site equilibrium.
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It is generally assumed that parkinsonian patients perceive their need for antiparkinsonian drugs on the basis of emergent motor symptoms. We describe five patients in whom an apparent psychologic effect from levodopa prompted dosage escalation to the point of toxicity. Abstinence from dopaminergic drugs resulted in the appearance of drug-seeking behavior. Psychologic dependence on levodopa has not previously been reported, but appears to occur in a small subset of parkinsonian patients.
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We identified 4 cases developing apathy and depression after the rapid withdrawal of Dopamine agonists (DAs) consequent to LCIG introduction. The clinical data were obtained through detailed review of medical records.
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In advanced stages of Parkinson's disease, serotonergic terminals take up L-DOPA and convert it to dopamine. Abnormally released dopamine may participate in the development of L-DOPA-induced dyskinesias. Simultaneous activation of 5-HT1A and 5-HT1B receptors effectively blocks L-DOPA-induced dyskinesias in animal models of dopamine depletion, justifying a clinical study with eltoprazine, a 5-HT1A/B receptor agonist, against L-DOPA-induced dyskinesias in patients with Parkinson's disease. A double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled and dose-finding phase I/IIa study was conducted. Single oral treatment with placebo or eltoprazine, at 2.5, 5 and 7.5 mg, was tested in combination with a suprathreshold dose of L-DOPA (Sinemet®) in 22 patients with Parkinson's disease (16 male/six female; 66.6 ± 8.8 years old) with L-DOPA-induced dyskinesias. A Wilcoxon Signed Ranked Test was used to compare each eltoprazine dose level to paired randomized placebo on the prespecified primary efficacy variables; area under the curve scores on Clinical Dyskinesia Rating Scale for 3 h post-dose and maximum change of Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale part III for 3 h post-dose. Secondary objectives included effects on maximum Clinical Dyskinesia Rating Scale score, area under the curve of Rush Dyskinesia Rating Scale score for 3 h post-dose, mood parameters measured by Hospital Anxiety Depression Scale and Montgomery Asberg Depression Rating Scale along with the pharmacokinetics, safety and tolerability profile of eltoprazine. A mixed model repeated measures was used for post hoc analyses of the area under the curve and peak Clinical Dyskinesia Rating Scale scores. It was found that serum concentrations of eltoprazine increased in a dose-proportional manner. Following levodopa challenge, 5 mg eltoprazine caused a significant reduction of L-DOPA-induced dyskinesias on area under the curves of Clinical Dyskinesia Rating Scale [-1.02(1.49); P = 0.004] and Rush Dyskinesia Rating Scale [-0.15(0.23); P = 0.003]; and maximum Clinical Dyskinesia Rating Scale score [-1.14(1.59); P = 0.005]. The post hoc analysis confirmed these results and also showed an antidyskinetic effect of 7.5 mg eltoprazine. Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale part III scores did not differ between the placebo and eltoprazine treatments. The most frequent adverse effects after eltoprazine were nausea and dizziness. It can be concluded that a single dose, oral treatment with eltoprazine has beneficial antidyskinetic effects without altering normal motor responses to L-DOPA. All doses of eltoprazine were well tolerated, with no major adverse effects. Eltoprazine has a favourable risk-benefit and pharmacokinetic profile in patients with Parkinson's disease. The data support further clinical studies with chronic oral eltoprazine to treat l-DOPA-induced-dyskinesias.
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LCIG provides functional improvement beginning at first visit that is sustained for 12 months.
Carbidopa/levodopa enteral suspension (CLES; Duopa) is a suspension or gel formulation of carbidopa/levodopa that is approved by the USA Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of advanced Parkinson's disease patients with motor fluctuations. CLES is delivered at a constant rate continuously throughout the day into the jejunum through an infusion pump via a PEG-J tube implanted surgically. The efficacy of CLES was established in the USA based on a randomized, double-blind, double-dummy, active controlled, parallel group and 12-week study, in which mean daily OFF time was reduced by 4.0 h, compared to 1.9 h with oral immediate release carbidopa/levodopa. The CLES hardware consists of a cassette containing the drug, a pump to deliver the drug and tubing to connect the PEG-J to the pump. It is critical to understand the appropriate conversion of the carbidopa/levodopa daily dosages to the CLES dosage and how to program the pump and titrate CLES to achieve the most effective dose. We describe one methodology for patient selection, outpatient titration and pump programming.
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1. Stride length is highly relevant to mobility and is sensitive to the effects of levodopa in Parkinsonism. Its selection as the primary outcome criterion allowed comparison of two levodopa/decarboxylase inhibitor formulations using a small number of subjects. 2. It is also desirable to improve stability. An instrumental method, based on infrared telemetry, has been developed which obtains both distance/time measures of gait and broadness of base, as measured by foot separation at mid-swing. The latter was used as a subsidiary outcome criterion. 3. Nine patients (aged 57 to 77 years) then receiving maintenance therapy for idiopathic Parkinsonism with Sinemet CR alone, but who had previously experienced end of dose effect within 4 h of receiving a dose of a conventional formulation of levodopa/decarboxylase inhibitor, were studied. 4. They received, in random order and at least 4 days apart, single doses of one tablet of Sinemet CR (200 mg levodopa/50 mg carbidopa) and of two capsules of Madopar CR (each 100 mg levodopa/25 mg benserazide), with placebo balance, at 10.00 h. Gait analysis was carried out immediately before and half-hourly for 7 h after a challenge. No routine doses of Sinemet CR were taken between 22.00 h on the night before and 17.00 h on the day of a challenge. 5. Analysis of variance showed a highly significant difference in mean stride length (P < 0.001) and in mean foot separation (P = 0.01) between serial time points, irrespective of the nature of treatment. There appeared to be a useful therapeutic response to both challenges.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)
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Levodopa-carbidopa intestinal gel (LCIG) delivered continuously via percutaneous endoscopic gastrojejunostomy (PEG-J) tube has been reported, mainly in small open-label studies, to significantly alleviate motor complications in Parkinson's disease (PD). A prospective open-label, 54-week, international study of LCIG is ongoing in advanced PD patients experiencing motor fluctuations despite optimized pharmacologic therapy. Pre-planned interim analyses were conducted on all enrolled patients (n = 192) who had their PEG-J tube inserted at least 12 weeks before data cutoff (July 30, 2010). Outcomes include the 24-h patient diary of motor fluctuations, Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS), Clinical Global Impression-Improvement (CGI-I), Parkinson's Disease Questionnaire (PDQ-39), and safety evaluations. Patients (average PD duration 12.4 yrs) were taking at least one PD medication at baseline. The mean (±SD) exposure to LCIG was 256.7 (±126.0) days. Baseline mean "Off" time was 6.7 h/day. "Off" time was reduced by a mean of 3.9 (±3.2) h/day and "On" time without troublesome dyskinesia was increased by 4.6 (±3.5) h/day at Week 12 compared to baseline. For the 168 patients (87.5%) reporting any adverse event (AE), the most common were abdominal pain (30.7%), complication of device insertion (21.4%), and procedural pain (17.7%). Serious AEs occurred in 60 (31.3%) patients. Twenty-four (12.5%) patients discontinued, including 14 (7.3%) due to AEs. Four (2.1%) patients died (none deemed related to LCIG). Interim results from this advanced PD cohort demonstrate that LCIG produced meaningful clinical improvements. LCIG was generally well-tolerated; however, device and procedural complications, while generally of mild severity, were common.
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We report four patients with Parkinson's disease who had an unusual pattern of severe chorea and dystonia in the evenings only. The temporal pattern of abnormal movements and simultaneous monitoring of plasma levodopa and clinical state were consistent with dyskinesias associated with subtherapeutic (low dopa dyskinesias) rather than peak concentrations of levodopa (high dopa dyskinesias). In two patients, addition of a direct-acting dopamine receptor agonist was helpful in ameliorating this complication of antiparkinson therapy.
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Patients with pure autonomic failure or parkinsonism and sympathetic neurocirculatory failure had no myocardial 6-[18F]fluorodopamine-derived radioactivity or cardiac norepinephrine spillover, indicating loss of myocardial sympathetic-nerve terminals, whereas patients with the Shy-Drager syndrome had increased levels of 6-[18F]fluorodopamine-derived radioactivity, indicating intact sympathetic terminals and absent nerve traffic. Patients with dysautonomia who did not have sympathetic neurocirculatory failure had normal levels of 6-[18F]fluorodopamine-derived radioactivity in myocardium and normal rates of cardiac norepinephrine spillover.
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Compared to healthy controls, patients with PD suffered from significantly decreased total sleep time, REM sleep and slow wave sleep (SWS), whilst the time spent awake was increased. The administration of levodopa/carbidopa CR had no impact on any of these variables.
Ciladopa is a partial dopamine agonist that is effective in patients with advanced Parkinson's disease who are no longer satisfactorily responding to levodopa. Thirty-one patients participated in a double-blind randomized study of ciladopa (added to levodopa) versus placebo. Among 21 patients randomized to treatment with ciladopa and levodopa, there was a 32% decrease in symptoms on the Modified Columbia University Disability Scale. This change was significant, p less than or equal to 0.05. Eight of the 21 patients (38%) improved by at least 50%. The mean number of hours "on" increased by 20%. This change was significant, p less than or equal to 0.05. Five of the 21 patients (24%) were on for at least 4 hours more than at baseline. Dyskinesias were not increased. The mean dose of ciladopa was 19.5 mg/d. The mean dose of levodopa in Sinemet was decreased by 10%. Studies with ciladopa in humans had to be discontinued because of the occurrence of microscopic testicular tumors in some rodents. Although improvement in patients taking ciladopa was modest, there were few adverse effects. These results are encouraging, because two other partial agonists are now available, and they may be as effective as ciladopa.
From baseline to the follow-up test trial, both groups improved in visual acuity in the amblyopic eyes (occlusion group 20/116 to 20/76, P < .001; no occlusion group 20/90 to 20/73, P < .01) and dominant eyes (occlusion group 20/18 to 20/15, P > .05; no occlusion group 20/20 to 20/16, P < .01). The occlusion group exhibited a significant decrease in the difference in acuity between the dominant and amblyopic eyes of 1.3 lines (P < .02), whereas the no occlusion group revealed no significant effect. A comparison between groups revealed a significantly greater improvement in visual acuity in the amblyopic eye in the occlusion group compared with the no occlusion group (P = .01). In contrast, there was no significant difference between groups in terms of the change in visual acuity in the dominant eye (P = .15). Mean log contrast sensitivity in the amblyopic eye significantly improved in the occlusion group and did not significantly change in the no occlusion group. Fusion changed similarly in both groups. The improvements in visual function were maintained 4 weeks after the termination of all treatment. Adverse side effects were minimal in both groups.
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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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Fifty four patients with idiopathic Parkinson's disease receiving levodopa therapy were studied. Thirty three of these patients displayed peak-dose dyskinesia. Neither the duration of Parkinson's disease nor the duration of levodopa therapy discriminated between patients with and patients without peak-dose dyskinesia. Consequently, these criteria could not determine whether the first appearance of peak-dose dyskinesia depends on the duration of Parkinson's disease--a factor that is related to the severity of the disease--or on the duration of levodopa therapy. A subgroup of nineteen patients with unilateral or unequivocally asymmetrical peak-dose dyskinesia was examined 12 hours after withdrawal of levodopa. A levodopa testdose provoked unilateral or unilateral preponderant peak-dose dyskinesia which always involved the most severely affected side and which also happened to be the side of onset of the disease. This demonstrates that the severity of Parkinson's disease is the main risk factor for peak-dose dyskinesia.
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In this review, the authors describe the influence of Parkinson's disease on of the quality of life (QoL) of patients and highlight the importance of this parameter for assessment of treatment efficacy. Special attention is drawn to improvement of QoL in patients with resistant motor complications using invasive methods based on continuous dopaminergic stimulation. In the aspect of the influence on QoL, the main results of the studies of levodopa-carbidopa intestinal gel are reviewed.
Motor fluctuations and non-response to carbidopa-levodopa (Sinemet) therapy are major problems in the long-term management of Parkinson's disease. Levodopa manipulation, addition of adjuvants, and drug holidays are often unsuccessful. Others have shown that the clinical state of stabilized Parkinsonians can be reversed with intravenous administration of large neutral amino acids. Reasoning that dietary protein might precipitate motor oscillations and non-response, a low-protein daytime diet (7 g) was offered to fifteen patients. Eighty-six percent of this sample demonstrated immediate sensitivity to Sinemet. While on a low-protein diet, patients' clinical function was predominantly choreatic. Eight patients required a 10-60 percent reduction in their daily levodopa dose in order to minimize this choreatic tendency. Discontinuation of adjuvants did not compromise motor independence. Conversely, while on a high-protein diet (160 g), patients were predominantly immobile with markedly elevated plasma amino acid and levodopa levels. Consequently, elimination of dietary protein from breakfast and lunch can offer an effective and easily modified method for the amelioration of motor fluctuations and non-response to Sinemet in Parkinson's disease during working hours.