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U.S. FDA Approves Requip(R) XL(TM), the First and Only Oral Once-Daily Non-Ergot Dopamine Agonist for Parkinson's Disease
Date:6/13/2008

nausea (11 percent vs. 4 percent), dizziness (8 percent vs. 3 percent), hallucination (7 percent vs. 3 percent), somnolence (7 percent vs. 4 percent), abdominal pain/discomfort (6 percent vs. 3 percent) and orthostatic hypotension (5 percent vs. 1 percent).

A Progressively Disabling Disease

Parkinson's disease is a chronic, progressive, and often disabling neurological condition that eventually impairs the body's ability to move and balance. Researchers have determined that Parkinson's disease involves the degeneration of the cells in one of the brain areas responsible for motor control. Patients with Parkinson's disease experience a reduction in dopamine, a key chemical in the brain that communicates messages about movement, resulting in the symptoms of Parkinson's disease. These symptoms include tremor (involuntary shaking), rigidity (stiffness), akinesia (lack of movement or loss of spontaneous movement), bradykinesia (slower-than-normal voluntary movements), and problems with walking, balance and posture.

More than one million people in the United States have Parkinson's disease. The average age of onset of Parkinson's disease is about 60 years, but the disease can develop at an earlier age.

About Requip XL

Requip XL Tablets are indicated in the U.S. for the treatment of the signs and symptoms of idiopathic Parkinson's disease and are administered once daily. Prescription Requip XL is not for everyone. Requip XL may cause patients to fall asleep or feel very sleepy during normal activities such as driving; or to faint or feel dizzy, nauseated, or sweaty when they stand up. Patients should tell their doctor if they experience these effects or the following problems, or if they drink alcohol or are taking other medicines that make them drowsy. Side effects may include nausea, dizziness, drowsiness or sleepiness, headache, and sudden uncontrolled movements (dyskinesia). Increase or decrease in blood pressure and heart rate may oc
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