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21st July 2010 - New review

CABERGOLINE - A REVIEW OF THE DOPAMINE AGONIST

Cabergoline is also known by the brand names Dostinex and Cabaser. Cabergoline is a dopamine agonist that primarily stimulates the D2 receptor activity and has a very long half-life [1]. Besides being used for the treatment of Parkinson's Disease, cabergoline is also used for the treatment of hyperprolactinemia, and also exerts anti-depressant effects [2]. For more information got to Dostinex and Cabaser.

When cabergoline was compared to the use of L-dopa for Parkinson's Disease : motor complications, such as dyskinesia occurred less frequently [3], symptoms overall were worse [4], some symptom scores apart from motor disability were better [3], off time was reduced [5] [6], there were greater side effects [3] [4] [7], including nausea, vomiting, dyspepsia, gastritis, dizziness, postural hypotension, and peripheral oedema [8]. When cabergoline was added to the use of L-dopa : symptoms improved [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14] but not by much [13], there was a small reduction in off time [3] [12] [13] [15] [16], L-dopa dose could be reduced [3] [5], and side effects increased [10] [11] [13]. Cabergoline was found to be slightly better or similar than the use of bromocriptine [15] [17].

Cabergoline is associated with the risk of valvular heart disease [18], valvular regurgitation [19] [20] [21] [22] [23] [24], and worsens contrast sensitivity [25]. For more current news go to Parkinson's Disease News.

 

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