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Parkinson's Study Shows How Dopamine Replacement Influences Psychiatric Symptoms

Dopamine replacement is a vital part of Parkinson’s disease (PD) therapy, but new findings show that dopamine replacement during early-stage PD also can increase some psychiatric symptoms. PD patients who had been on at least one type of dopamine-related medication for at least one year experienced higher rates of impulse control problems and daytime sleepiness than patients not on dopamine therapy. On the positive side, dopamine replacement did reduce fatigue in many patients. These findings, which were published online August 15 in Neurology, represent the first longitudinal data to come from...

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Published By: Psychiatric News - Thursday, 21 August, 2014

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