Alessandra Monge

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The pharmacological management of Parkinson's disease (PD) can be complicated by psychiatric disorders induced by antiparkinsonian drugs. The reduction or withdrawal of levodopa (l-dopa) and other drugs commonly used in the treatment of PD may attenuate the psychosis but exacerbate motor impairment and disability. Melperone is an atypical antipsychotic drug(More)
OBJECTIVE In many parkinsonian patients with fluctuating disease the early morning levodopa dose is more effective than the following dose on the same day. In this study we investigated whether the poor responsiveness to the early afternoon dose of levodopa depends only on peripheral and central levodopa pharmacokinetics or also on pharmacodynamic factors.(More)
A single dose of levodopa (L-DOPA) reduces motor disability in Parkinson's disease (PD) for a few hours, a short-duration effect. However, there are suggestions that L-DOPA may also produce a long-duration benefit of some days. In the present study, we examined the long-duration action of L-DOPA by observing the time taken to achieve maximum stable benefit(More)
AIMS To determine whether Parkinson's disease and multiple system atrophy each has a distinct pattern of micturition abnormalities and whether a urodynamic evaluation could be useful in the differential diagnosis between the two diseases. METHODS Sixty two patients (30 with Parkinson's disease and 32 with multiple system atrophy) underwent a complete(More)
The authors investigated the long-duration response to levodopa in advanced Parkinson's disease. Eight patients with advanced Parkinson's disease disabled by severe ON/OFF fluctuations treated by chronic daytime subcutaneous apomorphine infusion with supplemental oral levodopa were studied. On day 1, oral levodopa was withdrawn at 4:00 pm and on the(More)
Apomorphine is a powerful agonist of dopaminergic receptors which several years ago was introduced into the therapy of Parkinson's Disease. The pharmacological activity of apomorphine already appears significant at low doses. Unfortunately, the difficulty in determining the drug in plasma at low concentrations hampers the completion of accurate(More)
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