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Association of adverse effects with monoamine oxidase type B inhibitor and catechol-o-methyl transferase inhibitor combination therapy in Parkinson's disease patients

Rui Zhang, Danielle C. Spengler, Marie-Helene Saint-Hilaire, Anna D. Hohler
2012 Advances in Parkinson s Disease  
Currently, levodopa is the most effective and commonly used medication to control motor symptoms in Parkinson's disease (PD). However, its long-term use is associated with adverse effects (AEs). Combination therapy of a monoamine oxidase type B inhibitor (MAOBI) with levodopa or a catechol-O-methyl transferase inhibitor (COMTI) with levodopa provides benefits to PD patients. Direct comparison of efficacy and side effect profiles is complex. The aim of this study is to investigate the different
more » ... gate the different AE profiles of MAOBI and COMTI combination therapies. Data used to analyze the AEs of different PD medications were retrieved from "The Boston University Medical Center's Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorder Database". Ten categories of AEs were compared between patients receiving MAOBI and COMTI combination treatment. In total, 87 subjects were included in the analysis. Out of ten AEs, the presence of dementia was signifi-cantly different between the MAOBI and COMTI groups with an OR of 6.9 (COMTI vs MAOBI, 95% CI 1.3 -37.0). Motor fluctuations were also found to be differently distributed in the two medication groups with an OR of 3.1 (COMTI vs MAOBI, 95% CI 1.0 -9.8). In this retrospective database analysis of patients treated with combination treatment for PD, combination therapy of a COMTI with levodopa was more likely to be associated with dementia and motor fluctuations than a MAOBI with levodopa.
doi:10.4236/apd.2012.11002 fatcat:pec72s4fejbxnnk6gljnclqajq