I was diagnosed in March with PD at age 48, and at that time my doctor prescribed Rasagiline. I have noticed no symptom improvements after 10 weeks taking it, but in fairness the doctor said only some patients will notice any minor symptom relief. He also mentioned that some think it provides a neuroprotective benefit, but that claim seems uncertain as well.
I have a follow-up visit schedule for next week, and I suspect he will suggest getting me started with taking a dopamine agonist (Pramipexole or ropinirole). I read a bit about these, and some of the side affects seem a bit scary, but it seems that a dopamine agonist is often first prescribed to younger patients to save the ledopova for later.
I'm curious to hear from those who have taken a dopamine agonist as a first course of treatment. How was the symptom relief and how long did you take it before it lost effectiveness and moved on to ledopova? Especially interested to hear from those who are roughly the same age as me (48).