The authors studied the pharmacokinetics of levodopa (LD) with and without pramipexole (PPX) in men and postmenopausal women with PD. Patients on stable dose of carbidopa/LD were randomized to receive escalating doses of placebo or PPX over 7 weeks. LD and PPX pharmacokinetics were performed after a single test dose 25/100 of carbidopa/LD, before initiation of PPX or placebo, at 1.5 mg/d and 4.5 mg/d of PPX or placebo. Compared to men, women had greater LD bioavailability. PPX did not alter LD bioavailability, and PPX pharmacokinetics were equivalent in men and women.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Neurology