The response of Parkinsonism to three ergot derivatives which modify dopaminergic transmission was studied. CF 25-397 behaved more as an antagonist than an agonist. Lergotrile was an agonist with therapeutic properties marred by prominent hepatotoxicity. Bromocriptine is an effective anti-Parkinsonian agent, particularly useful in patients with prominent dyskinesia or 'on-off' reactions to levodopa; in most patients optimal results have been obtained by combining from 40 to 90 mg of bromocriptine daily with approximately 60% of the previous maximal dose of levodopa. Unfortunately, only some 50% of patients tolerate long-term bromocriptine therapy, but all adverse reactions have been dose dependent and reversible.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||2|
|Issue number||Suppl. 3|
|State||Published - 1979|
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