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does parkinson disease patient have to take parkinson medicine?

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Dr. Adam Lewis
34 years experience Neurosurgery
Parkinson's disease : Patients with Parkinson's disease may not need medication if the symptoms are mild. Diet and rehabilitation exercises can help. Parkinson's disease is characterized by a progressive loss of Dopamine producing nerve cells in the substantia nigra located in the midbrain. Eventually, as more nerve cells are lost, then medications such as Dopamine agonists will be required to reduce the symptoms.
Answered on Mar 8, 2015
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Dr. Michael Roman
25 years experience Internal Medicine
Doesn't have : To take meds. But as the disease progresses. It helps patient maintain there everyday function better and longer. Talk to your doctor at length about the meds side effects benefits and risks.
Answered on Mar 9, 2015
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Dr. Dariush Saghafi
32 years experience Neurology
Depends on yourself: Many factors to assess before deciding whether it's best for a patient to take medication for their Parkinson's right away or wait. That's something you should discuss with your doctor. Medications for Parkinson's have side effects to be sure but they also can improve the quality of life tremendously in some people. You can also engage in regular EXERCISE (not just physical therapy) which helps.
Answered on Mar 8, 2015
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Dr. John Munshower
29 years experience Family Medicine
That depends: On the severity, type of disease, stage of the disease, etc. Get evaluated by a Neurologist who specializes in Parkinson's disease and you will be assured to get the best treatment moving forward. Good luck.
Answered on Mar 8, 2015
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