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how can i treat parkinson's disease?

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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
You cant: Your doctor has many meds at your disposal.
Dr. Robert Hutchman
Neurology 24 years experience
Meds are effective!!: Dopamine meds are mainstay of treatment. Modern therapy recommends longer lasting, milder potency meds first: Azilect (mao-b selective inhibitor) & Dopamine agonists (requip xl/mirapex er/neupro). After they've been maximized & stronger meds ate needed to adequately manage symptoms, then sinemet +/- Comtan (stalevo (carbidopa and levodopa and entacapone) is both together) are begun. Tailor rx with side effects in mind for each person.

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My mom was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease 2 yrs ago. Am i likely to have it too? What are the odds? Should i be tested?

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Dr. Zachary Levine
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