Learn about natural treatments, approved medications and surgical options for Parkinson’s Disease.

Medicines for Parkinson’s Disease

2018-03-21T18:40:16+00:00By |Categories: De Novo, Established Treatments|

The major classes of anti-Parkinson medication include carbidopa-levodopa (often referred to as Sinemet), catechol-o-methyltransferase inhibitors or COMT inhibitors, monoamine oxidase type B inhibitors, dopamine agonists, amantadine, and anticholinergics. Many of these medications are used in combinations although some of these may be used by themselves (in monotherapy) for treatment of symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Levodopa [...]

Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)

2018-03-21T19:14:54+00:00By |Categories: Established Treatments, Intermediate & Advanced PD|

Surgical treatment for Parkinson’s disease is indicated for patients who have disabling motor complications despite maximal drug therapy. This includes disabling levodopa-induced dyskinesias, medication-refractory disabling tremor or marked motor fluctuations in which there is variation in mobility from extremely immobile to good functioning. Surgical treatment is very helpful to treat motor complications, but with the [...]

Nutritional Supplements (not proven scientifically)

2022-04-21T16:09:04+00:00By |Categories: Established Treatments|

There are a wide variety of nutritional supplements which are marketed to patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD). Unfortunately, the production of nutritional supplements is not regulated by the FDA. Side effects may occur and drug interactions are not uncommon. Many supplements have been studied in a careful and scientific manner to determine if they are [...]

Exercise, Diet, and Therapy for Parkinson’s Disease

2022-04-21T16:08:36+00:00By |Categories: De Novo, Established Treatments, Intermediate & Advanced PD|

Exercise has shown to be helpful for maintenance of good health for normal individuals in the population. It has especially been demonstrated to improve a variety of different features of Parkinson’s disease including gait, strength, balance, and speed of movement. In the general population including patients with Parkinson’s disease, cardiovascular exercise improves cognitive function, mood, [...]

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