Parkinson's Drugs Can Damage Your Heart

In another all-too-familiar case of toxic, useless drugs harming the health of the sick, a pair of studies in today's New England Journal of Medicine have shown how Permax (pergolide) and Dostinex (cabergoline) elevate two risk of heart valve damage among Parkinson's patients.

In one study of 11,000 British patients, those using the highest dosages of Permax and Dostinex elevated their risk heart damage by as much as 37 and 50 percent, respectively. In the other report conducted in Italy, patients suffered heart damage while taking Dostinex and Permax roughly 25 percent of the time.

The kind of heart damage reported in the Italian study, one health expert says, was similar to the kind associated with fenfluramine, better known to most of you as fen-phen. And, to top things off, this toxic twosome is often linked to Parkinson's, but doctors also prescribe it for restless leg syndrome.

Fact is, you don't have to resort to a toxic drug to treat Parkinson's when there are more effective and safer treatments available. Among them:

New England Journal of Medicine, Vol. 356, No. 1, January 4, 2007: 29-38

New England Journal of Medicine, Vol. 356, No. 1, January 4, 2007: 39-46

Yahoo News January 3, 2007

USA Today January 3, 2007

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