Dopamine agonist-based strategies in the treatment of Parkinson's disease

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More therapeutic options have become available for Parkinson's disease (PD) in recent years, leading to significant improvements in motor control both at early and advanced disease stages. More importantly, the need to expand disease management beyond motor symptom control has been recently highlighted and contribution of non-motor features to quality of life is now relevant. Dopamine agonists represent a valid therapeutic option in PD and their effect on non-motor domains like mood or cognition is now acknowledged as a key factor in fully addressing patients' needs. Pramipexole is a well established dopamine agonist that is currently being investigated for its potential disease-modifying effect and action on mood in PD. In this review we will examine factors contributing to treatment decision-making and discuss how a proper balance between motor and non-motor features should be aimed for in approaching PD therapy.

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