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  • Drugs of Anti-Parkinsons diseaseDepartment of PharmacologyZhang Yan-mei

  • Pathogenesis of Parkinsons diseaseParkinsons disease (PD) is a progressive disorder of movement that occurs mainly in the elderly. The chief symptoms are:

    Tremor at rest, usually starting in the hands (pill- rolling tremor), which tend to diminish during voluntary activity

  • Pathogenesis of Parkinsons diseaseMuscle rigidity, detectable as an increased resistance in passive limb movement


    Suppression of voluntary movements (hypokinesis), due partly to an inherent inertia of the motor system, which means that motor activity is difficult to stop as well as to initiate.

  • Action of MPTP1-methyl 4-phenyl 1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP) causes irreversible destruction of nigrostriatal dopaminergic neurons in various species, and produces a PD-like state in primates.

    MPTPMPP+MAO-BMPP+ is taken up by the dopaminergic neurons, selective in destroying nigrostriatal neurons. It inhibits mitochondrial oxidation reactions, producing oxidative stress.Selegilineinhibit

  • Parkinsons DiseaseDegenerative disease of the basal ganglia causing tremor at rest, muscle rigidity hypokinesia, often with dementia.

    Often idiopathic, but may follow stroke, virus infection, can be drug-induced (neuroleptic drugs).

  • Parkinsons Disease

    Associated with marked loss of dopamine from basal ganglia.

    Can be induced by MPTP, a neurotoxin affecting dopamine neurons in the corpus striatum.

  • Drugs Treatment of Parkinsons DiseaseDrugs that replace dopamine (e.g. levodopa, usually used concomitantly with peripherally acting dopa decarboxylase inhibitor, e.g. carbidopa)

    Drugs that mimic the action of dopamine (e.g. bromocriptine, pergolide and others in development)

  • Drugs Treatment of Parkinsons DiseaseMAO-B inhibitors (e.g. selegiline)Drugs that release dopamine (e.g. amantadine)Acetylcholine antagonists (e.g. artane)

  • LevodopaMechanism:(1) Because dopamine does not cross the blood-brain barrier levodopa, the precursor of dopamine, is given instead.(2) Levodopa is formed L-tyrosine and is an intermediate in the synthesis of catecholamines.

  • LevodopaMechanism:(3) Levodopa itself has minimal pharmacologic activity, in contrast to its decarboxylated product, dopamine.

    (4) Levodopa is rapidly decarboxylated in the gastrointestinal tract. Prior to the advent of decarboxylase inhibitors (carbidopa), large oral doses of levodopa were required; thus, toxicity from dopamine was a limiting factor.

  • LevodopaPharmacokinetics:Levodopa is well absorbed from the small bowel; however, 95% is rapidly decarboxylated in periphery.

    Peripheral dopamine is metabolized in the liver to dihydroxyphenylacetic acid (DOPAC) and homovanillic acid (HVA), which are then excreted in urine.

  • LevodopaPharmacologic effects:(1) The effects on bradykinesia and rigidity are more rapid and complete than the effects on tremor. Other motor defects in PD improve. The psychological well-being of patient is also improved.

  • LevodopaPharmacologic effects: (2) Tolerance to both beneficial and adverse effects occurs with time. Levodopa is most effective in the first 2-5 years of treatment. After 5 years of therapy, patients have dose-related dyskinesia, inadequate response, or toxicity.

  • LevodopaAdverse effect:Principal adverse effects include:Anorexia, nausea, and vomiting upon initial administration, which often limit the initial dosage.Cardiovascular effects, including tachycardia, arrhythmias, and orthostatic hypotension.

  • LevodopaAdverse effect:(3) Mental disturbances, including vivid dreams, delusions, and hallucination.(4) Hyperkinesia(5) On-off phenomena

  • LevodopaAdverse effect: Sudden discontinuation can result in fever, rigidity, and confusion. The drug should be withdrawn gradually over 4 days.

  • LevodopaDrug interactions:Vit B6 reduces the beneficial effects of Levodopa by enhancing its extracerebral metabolism.

    Therapy with MAO inhibitors must be stopped 14 days prior to the initiation of levodopa therapy.

    Phenothiazines, reserpine, and butyrophenones antagonize the effects of levodopa because they lead to a junctional blockade of dopamine action.

  • CarbidopaCarbidopa is an inhibitor of dopa decarboxylase. Because it is unable to penetrate the blood-brain barrier, it acts to reduce the peripheral conversion of levodopa to dopamine. As a result, when carbidopa and levodopa are given concomitantly.

  • CarbidopaVirtue:a. It can decrease the dosage of levodopa.b. It can reduce toxic side effects of levodopa.c. A shorter latency period precedes the occurrence of beneficial effects.

  • SelegilineA selective inhibitor of MAO-B, which predominates in DA-containing regions of the CNS and lacks unwanted peripheral effects of non-selective MAO inhibitors.It enhances and prolongs the antiparkinsonism effect of levodopa.It may reduce mild on-off or wearing-off phenomena.

  • SelegilineLong-term trials showed that the combination of selegiline and levodopa was more effective than levodopa along in relieving symptoms and prolonging life.

  • AmantadineTherapeutic uses and mechanism of actionAmantadine is an antiviral agent used in the prophylaxis of influenza A2 . It was found to improve parkinsonian symptoms by stimulating the release of dopamine from dopaminergic nerve terminals in the nigrostriatum and delaying its reuptake.

  • AmantadineTherapeutic uses and mechanism of actionAmantadine may be more efficacious in Parkinsonism than the anticholinergic atropine derivatives but is less effective than levodopa. It has been used alone to treat early PD and as an adjunct in later stages.

  • Anticholinergic agents: artaneMechanism:Since the deficiency of dopamine in the triatum augments the excitatory cholinergic system in the striatum, the blockade of this system by anticholinergic agents, such as artane, helps to alleviate the motor dysfunction.

    Improvement in the parkinsonian tremor is more pronounced than improvement in bradykinesia and rigidity.

  • ArtaneTherapeutic uses: Although not as effectives as levodopa or bromocriptine, it may have an additive therapeutic effect at any stage of the disease when taken concurrently.Adverse effects:Mental confusion and hallucinations.It can occur as can peripheral atropine-like toxicity (e.g. cycloplegia, urinary retention, constipation)

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