25th June 2011 - New research


Lancet Neurology [2011] 10 (5) : 415-423 (O.Rascol, C.J. Fitzer-Attas, R.Hauser, J.JankovicJ, A.Lang, J.W.Langston, E. Melamed, W.Poewe, F.Stocchi, E.Tolosa, E.Eyal, Y.M.Weiss, C. W.Olanow) Complete abstract

The ADAGIO study investigated whether Rasagiline has disease-modifying effects in Parkinson's Disease. Rasagiline is a MAO-B inhibitor, that is also known by the brand name Azilect. For more information go to Azilect
. Rasagiline 1 mg per day, but not 2 mg per day, was previously shown to have some effect. The present study reported the secondary analysis. The need for additional Parkinson's Disease drugs after using Rasagiline occurred in only 9% of people with both 1mg or 2mg Rasagiline, but 18% when the initiation of Rasagiline was delayed for 36 weeks.  After 36 weeks both 1mg and 2mg improved Parkinson's Disease symptoms, but only moderately, just as occurred with previous studies. Both doses of Rasagiline also moderately improved fatigue and ADL (activities of daily living), with 2mg being slightly better than 1mg. Mental activity was improved slightly using 1mg Rasagiline. Those people that delayed the use of Rasagiline started to deteriorate in their symptoms prior to starting Rasagiline, especially in those with more severe symptoms. 
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