Further studies with lisuride in Parkinson's disease

European Neurology
A N LiebermanE Hiesiger


Lisuride was administered to 63 patients with advanced Parkinson's disease (PD) who were no longer satisfactorily responding to levodopa. The group included 40 patients with 'on-off' phenomena. Lisuride alone (13 patients) or combined with levodopa (50 patients) resulted in a 34% decrease in PD disability as assessed in the 'on' period, a 16% decrease in disability as assessed in the 'off' period, and a 96% increase in the numbers of hours in which patients were 'on' (from 5.5 to 10.8 h). All of these changes were significant (p less than or equal to 0.001). 37 of the 63 patients (59%) improved at least one-stage on lisuride. The major adverse effect limiting the use of lisuride was the occurrence of an organic confusional syndrome. This was related, in part, to the presence of an underlying dementia and to the concurrent use of anticholinergic drugs.


Sep 5, 1998·Brain Research. Brain Research Reviews·G L Willis, S M Armstrong

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