Levodopa-induced Dyskinesia in Parkinson’s disease: Epidemiology, etiology, and treatment

Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida 33612, USA.
Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports (Impact Factor: 3.06). 08/2007; 7(4):302-10. DOI: 10.1007/s11910-007-0046-y
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Although levodopa is the gold standard for treating motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease (PD), long-term therapy leads to levodopa-induced dyskinesia (LID). Dyskinesia refers to involuntary movements other than tremor and most commonly consists of chorea that occurs when levodopa-derived dopamine is peaking in the brain ("peak-dose dyskinesia"). However, dyskinesia can also consist of dystonia or myoclonus and occur during other parts of the levodopa dosing cycle. New validated rating scales and home diaries can better help the health care provider assess the timing and severity of dyskinesia. The exact etiology of LID is unknown, but there is evidence that abnormal pulsatile stimulation of dopamine receptors may be contributory. Treatment of LID includes adjustment of PD medications to maximize "on" time without troublesome dyskinesia. Amantadine is the only medication available with demonstrated ability to reduce the expression of established LID without reducing antiparkinsonian benefit. Other medications that are currently being studied to treat established LID include antiepileptics and serotonergic medications. Deep brain stimulation of the subthalamic nucleus is now the most commonly used surgical procedure for PD patients, and it is very effective in treating LID.

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    • "During MPTP Administration scale. ☆ Relevant conflict of interest/financial disclosures: JBK and JMB hold shares in Atuka Inc.; PS holds shares in Clera, Inc.; KJ is a former employee and consultant to Clera Inc. 1998; Zesiewicz et al., 2007), none of these approaches have succeeded in Phase III clinical trials. "
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    • "Levodopa therapy has been shown to increase life expectancy in PD, is available at a low cost, and is usually well tolerated, even in the elderly patient.7,47 The major downside of levodopa therapy is its short half-life and the resultant pulsatile stimulation of dopamine receptors, leading to the development of motor fluctuations after several years of treatment.48 Motor fluctuations consist of periods of excessive movements or dyskinesias (most commonly at peak dose of levodopa), and periods of “off time”, with paucity of movement, or akinesia. "
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    • "Levodopa therapy in Parkinson's disease (PD) reverses motor deficits but prolonged treatment and disease progression leads to the development of motor complication, including dyskinesia (Nutt, 1990; Chase et al., 1998; Fahn, 2000; Zesiewicz et al., 2007; Jenner, 2008). The pathogenic mechanisms leading to the induction of dyskinesia remain unclear but there is an almost absolute requirement for nigral dopaminergic neuronal loss (Schneider 1989; Boyce et al., 1990; Nutt, 1990). "
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