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Parkinson's Drugs May Damage Heart Valves


Permax and Dostinex, drugs used to treat Parkinson's Disease, may cause damage to heart valves. The new findings were published today in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Dr. Michael S. Okun, the medical director for the National Parkinson Foundation, said people taking Permax or Dostinex for Parkinson’s should be told about the new information and given a chance to switch to other drugs. He added that patients who were just starting treatment should be given other drugs. Safer, equally effective drugs are available, he said.

Studies Find Harm in 2 Parkinson’s Drugs

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