“The way to overcome negative thoughts and destructive emotions is to develop opposite positive emotions that are stronger and more powerful.”
I truly hope that this thread will not turn into a fight between two opposite sides of thoughts and paths.
One of the reasons why dopamine agonist drugs can be of great use in treating diseases like Parkinson’s is due to the diminishing presence of dopamine in this condition.
A steadily decreasing supply of this neurotransmitter translates too many of the developing symptoms of the disease.
While in late stages, giving medications like straight dopamine or L-dopa might be part of treatment, in early stages, a dopamine agonist may be of most use in preventing symptoms from progressing.
In conditions like RLS, a dopamine agonist may not only slow disease progression, but could result in complete cessation of symptoms, while the drug remains in use.
There are a number of dopamine agonist medications that are in use for different conditions.
For RLS, drugs like pramiprexole (Mirapex®) and ropinirole (Requip®) are common choices. With Parkinson’s disease cabergoline or bromocriptine might be the best choices. Other medications with dopamine agonist properties exist and might be chosen instead, depending on a patient’s individual circumstances. Medications for RLS may be useful in calming restless sensations and for Parkinson’s may be able to reduce involuntary movements.
Such drugs do have side effects including possibility of increasing involuntary movements, or causing severe mood disturbance, especially in mood disorders.
One of the more profound reactions to these medications is change in behaviour that could include development of compulsive or addictive behaviours like gambling, drug use or sexual addiction.
In the first decade of the 2000s, a number of lawsuits have arisen against drug companies for not warning people of these serious effects, which were certainly known earlier.
While these drugs may be viewed as important, all people contemplating taking a dopamine agonist should make themselves fully aware of potential side effects. This allows the individual patient/family to report any side effects early and get medical advice on other treatments that might be more appropriate.
One member on this forum actualy quoted " As soon as I discovered it was down to the drug I hot footed it to the neuro and demanded it be stopped pronto!"
This above quote shows that you can be aware of the problem when it arises.
In my own humble opinion and I know this will go against the current flow as I type.
I believe that while we need to make people aware of the situations that may or may not arise when they are prescribed or take thesedrugs ; many people should be aware that there are also thousands out there that benefit from this medication / drugs and have a good quality of life.
I also believe that the NHS are doing something about informing patients with regards to their use and it is up to the individual patient/family to investigate what they are taking as medication.
(Perhaps they (The NHS) should have started sooner, but,we can’t turn back the clock of time)
I for one, even check the sell by date on a tin of Tuna Fish prior to purchasing, why not check with the medical/medication information sheet , prior to placing something in my mouth? Something that is going to involve my health with a degenerative disease I'd be even keener to do so!
What I don’t want to see is people scared so much that they don’t take medication of any sort because they get so mixed up and say;
“I’m not going down any line of medication, it’s too frightening!”
You may not like this comment so I apologise if it comes across as impertinente.
Over the past months it seems that this whole story of PD Medication has been take into the hand by a few members and if you just dare to say a wrong word you get knocked down.
Lets hope with this thread we can bring some serenity back to the forum where people don't feel afraid to post.