Pramipexole reduces the prevalence of fatigue in patients with Parkinson's disease.
ABSTRACT The aim of this multicenter cross-sectional study was to assess the relation between fatigue in a large number of Japanese patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) and drugs taken to treat PD.
We used the 16-item Parkinson Fatigue Scale (PFS-16), which was designed to assess fatigue exclusively associated with PD. Multiple logistic regression analyses were used to assess the relation between antiparkinson drugs and fatigue in PD.
A total of 350 non-demented PD patients were enrolled. Fatigue (PFS score of ≥4) was revealed in 319 patients (91%). Pramipexole was administered to 24% of PD patients. Multiple logistic regression analysis revealed that the administration of Pramipexole was significantly related to low rates of fatigue in PD patients with Hoehn and Yahr stage <3 (p=0.011, odds ratio=5.23, 95% confidence interval; 1.47-18.63).
The reduced fatigue in PD patients was observed in taking Pramipexole.
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ABSTRACT: Fatigue is a common but poorly understood symptom in Parkinson's disease (PD). Using previously validated scales, we asked 58 nondemented PD patients and 58 controls to fill out questionnaires assessing fatigue and depression and found that PD patients were more depressed and more fatigued than age-matched controls. Although fatigue correlated with depression but not with disease severity, many nondepressed patients had significant complaints of fatigue.Neurology 11/1993; 43(10):2016-8. · 8.25 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: A total of 335 patients with early Parkinson's disease (PD) were enrolled in a multicenter, randomized, double-blind trial designed to assess the efficacy and safety of pramipexole. Entry was restricted to patients with idiopathic PD who were not receiving levodopa. Pramipexole was administered according to an ascending dose schedule up to 4.5 mg/d. During the 7-week dose-escalation phase, each subject was titrated to his or her maximally tolerated dose of study medication. This was followed by a 24-week period of maintenance therapy. The mean daily dose during the maintenance period was 3.8 mg. Pramipexole significantly reduced the severity of PD symptoms and signs compared with placebo, as measured by decreases in parts II (Activities of Daily Living) and III (Motor Examination) of the Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale at week 24 compared with baseline (p < or = 0.0001). Differences between the active drug and placebo groups emerged at week 3 (1.5 mg/d) in the ascending-dose interval and persisted throughout the maintenance phase (p < or = 0.0001). The majority of patients completed the study (pramipexole 83%, placebo 80%). In the assessment of adverse events, nausea, insomnia, constipation, somnolence, and visual hallucinations occurred more frequently in the pramipexole treatment group compared with placebo patients. No clinically significant changes were noted in blood pressure or pulse rate. Overall, these results indicate that pramipexole is safe and effective in the treatment of early PD.Neurology 09/1997; 49(3):724-8. · 8.25 Impact Factor