dopamine agonist for INITIAL therapy of Parkinson's

More physicians are starting to prescribe a dopamine agonist for INITIAL therapy of Parkinson's...instead of levodopa.

Levodopa is usually more effective than the dopamine agonists...pergolide (Permax), pramipexole (Mirapex), ropinirole (Requip), or bromocriptine (Parlodel).

But the dopamine agonist may improve symptoms enough to delay the start of levodopa for up to 5 years.

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