Hi everybody - I've had parkinsons disease (refuse to give the monster the respect of capital letters!) for about 12 years and am pretty healthy. Had very bad sciatica but kicked this monster out by raiding my piggy-bank and having a private spinal decompression operation. My pd was just about under control with Stalevo -Stalevo150 at 0730 followed by 3 doses of Stalevo125 at about 1030,1330 and 1730. On a bad day I would 'freeze' during the day and evenings were always a problem when the drugs wore off but generally I managed. I also stuck on an 8mg Rotigitine patch at 2100.
After a long battle, I finally saw my specialist last Monday. He said I should continue taking the tablets but to add 0.26mg Pramipexole slow-release tablets in the evening. Wow!! after just 3 days the effects have been remarkable! - already reduced the patch from 8mg to 6mg (and thinking of leaving it off) plus get 4.5/5 hours out of each stalevo tablet. However, on the negative side my arms flail around like a man drunk or possessed. Has anybody else taken this drug? Is it the wrong drug or just too big a starting dose? Truly appreciate any replies with many thanks.