Duodopa dopamine pumps
Posted 12 February 2009 - 08:31 PM
Posted 13 February 2009 - 08:32 PM
Duodopa is sinemet in "liquid" or "gel" form. This, way it can be given smoothly and continuously for 16 hours per day. The idea is by giving sinemet this way, it gets rid of the motor fluctuations (wearing off, sudden offs, etc, etc). With duodopa, there is no need to take any other oral PD medications!
It has been available in selected countries in Europe for several years, but is finally coming to America. In the US, it is only available on an experimental basis, in only a few PD centers.
Posted 16 February 2009 - 08:04 PM
Posted 16 February 2009 - 09:39 PM
Posted 17 February 2009 - 03:41 PM
Is swimming a "no no" with the pump?
Posted 18 February 2009 - 10:46 PM
Posted 20 February 2009 - 04:22 PM
Duodopa is a pump driven treatment that has the potential in many cases to have patients use only the dopamine gel that is given through the tube and no other PD meds. The tube cannot be used for food or feeding, it is exclusive for the dopamine.
In many cases it can decrease or eliminate dyskinesia but there are no guarantees.
Dr. Friedman at Brown is terrific. Dr. Fernandez is a main PI for the study and you can get sites by calling the sponsor Solvay Pharma.
They are available in the US only under research trial.
Swimming I think is possible but I am not positive and would refer you to ask a study PI at a site.
Hope that covers all of them.
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