[Initial management of Parkinson disease].

  title={[Initial management of Parkinson disease].},
  author={St{\'e}phane Thobois and Emmanuel Broussolle},
  journal={Presse medicale},
  volume={36 1 Pt 2},
Treatment of Parkinson disease is symptomatic and does not influence disease progression. It is thus prescribed only when motor symptoms begin to interfere with functioning. Choice of initial treatment is crucial, and delaying introduction of levodopa can delay the occurrence of motor complications. In the elderly (older than 70 years), levodopa is preferred for initial treatment because it is more effective and better tolerated. In young patients (younger than 60 years), dopamine agonists are… CONTINUE READING

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