PARKINSON'S DISEASE NEWS
9th October 2010 - New research
PARCOPA FOR PARKINSON'S DISEASE
Movement Disorders  Oct 5 (W.G.Ondo, L.Shinawi, S. Moore) Complete abstract
Parcopa is an orally disintegrating combination of L-dopa and carbidopa for use in the treatment of Parkinson's Disease. L-dopa and carbidopa is the same combination that is in Sinemet. However, unlike Sinemet, Parcopa rapidly disintegrates on the tongue and does not require water for dissolving or swallowing it. For more information go to Parcopa. Because Parcopa disintegrates in the mouth, it was suggested that there is the potential for it to shorten the time taken from its consumption until the ridding or reduction of Parkinson's Disease symptoms. This would make Parcopa advantageous over the use of Sinemet. However, when compared to the use of Sinemet, there were no significant differences in any of the means of assessment, including changes in symptoms, adverse events, or drug preference. It did not even make any difference to the time taken for the drug to start having effect, which is the primary reason for its proposed use. However, according to the authors "all trends did favor" Parcopa, suggesting a slight benefit. For more current news go to Parkinson's Disease News.
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