treat EARLY stages of Parkinson's with a dopamine agonist

More physicians are starting to treat EARLY stages of Parkinson's with a dopamine agonist...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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