Treatment of Parkinson’s disease with piribedil: Suggestions for clinical practices
With rapidly growing rates of prevalence, disability, and mortality, Parkinson’s disease (PD) has become a global healthcare burden. Increasing elderly population increases the incidence of neurodegenerative diseases in China. Hence, PD poses a huge burden to Chinese economic and healthcare system. PD is a movement disorder that affects the motor and nonmotor functions. Dopamine agonists are used in the management of PD. Piribedil is an antiparkinsonian drug and piperazine derivative, which acts as D2/D3 receptor agonist. Piribedil is one of the non-ergot dopamine receptor (DR) agonists and has been used in China for many years as monotherapy or in combination with levodopa. In this paper, we present a review of clinical application of piribedil, management of adverse events, and drug interactions, and discuss the results of clinical trials of piribedil on motor and non-motor symptoms of PD.
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