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Many people find relief of motor symptoms and although most still need medication, many can reduce it.
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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. ...Read more
Generally: Not but talk to your physician.Get a more detailed answer ›
Can parkinson's. Medicine give me highbood pressure I taking mirapex. 1.5. Mg amantadine 100mg azilect (rasagiline). 1 mg.?
PD MEDS & HTN: There is no evidence in the medical literature that Mirapex, Azilect (rasagiline) and Amantadine will increase the blood pressure however if the Parkinson's patient has orthostatic hypotension dopamine agonist such as Mirapex can worsen it. I have not seen Mirapex, Amantadine or Azilect (rasagiline) increase blood pressure in my patients. ...Read more
Clarification needed: Meds or combinations do not cause urinary infections. Aside from stomach-related pains from meds, they should not "cause" pain either. Something is wrong, you should contact your prescribing dr for advice and clarification. ...Read more
Parkinson Disease: There are a number of medications available for Parkinson disease but see which might be best for the patient you need to have a consultation with a neurologist who deals with this disorder - this physician can best assess which would be the best medication. ...Read more
I've have Gastroparesis, my Ex Gastrologist put me on Metoclopramide I Herd long term use of this Medicine causes Parkinson's Disease is this true?
Many types: There are many types of drugs that are used to treat the symptoms of parksinson's disease. The mainstay of treatment are the dopaminergic medications include Levodopa (in various combinations) and the Dopamine agonists (e.g., rasagiline, ropinirole, etc). Other medications such as anticholinergics are to treat other manifestations of the disease. See: www. Parkinsons. Org & www. Michaeljfox. Org. ...Read more
Several: The mainstays of parkinsons treatment are Dopamine agonists such as Requip and the drug l-dopa (sinemet). Others include comtan, (entacapone) amantadine, selegeline, cogentin. Even ECT can be used in severe cases and there is also experimental surgery. Talk to your neurologist to see what is right for you or your loved one. ...Read more
Please be specific: What drug are you asking about? Do you actually have Parkinson's? ...Read more
Side effects.: There are many medications used to treat parkinson's disease, though unfortunately there is no cure at the present time. Most of these medications work by increasing dopamine, and the most common side effects are nausea/ upset stomach and light-headedness/ dizziness. Other less common side effects include hallucinations and compulsive behavior such as gambling. ...Read more
Complicated: With the earliest symptoms, best approach is Dopamine agonist (mirapex, requip), later l-dopa, which remains fundamental, and maybe Azilect for potential protection. As the l-dopa becomes less efficacious, comtan, (entacapone) and even later combinations of all of the above, and if inadequate, use of deep brain stimulation. ...Read more
A few reasons: First there are two different drug induced parkinsons. Acutely (in which case just stop the drug), and chronically (tardive dyskinesia...TD). TD is generally in those with psychosis. Levodopa can make that worse. Bad. AND, Levodopa has been associated with more rapid progression in regular Parkinsons, so we don't like to use it in anyone if we can avoid it. ...Read more
The best medical treatment for Parkinsons tremor is dopamine, normally in the form of sinemet, (carbidopa and levodopa) or levodopa-carbidopa. This may be given up to 1000-1500 mg of dopamine per day.
Sometimes tremor is not effectively managed with medicine. There is a pacemaker type treatment called a brain stimulator that is sometimes helpful for people with a very bad tremor that cannot be controlled more easily. ...Read more
Tell me about medicines for ER as to effectiveness and are conditions like Parkinson's that would prevent them from working?
ER medicine: Many er medicines are great but it questionable that er (sinemet) fully that criteria very well. ...Read more
How can parkinson be cured to some extent. If not completely in an aged person? What all is required other than medicines of levodopa nd cardiopa
Not cured: Sadly these meds do help but only for a while. Slows the process; stem cells show real promise of a true cure. Marvelous stuff. ...Read more
Meds First, then DBS: As a pd specialist I always try to get the most utility from medications first. The typical choics are (in order of preference): azilect, agonists (requip xl, Mirapex er & neupro-available july 16), then sinemet & last comtan (entacapone). If despite all these, symptom relief/qol is poor, dbs of stn or gpi ate favored & are very effective @ reducing inconsistent medication effect (. ...Read more
Either: The one that works the best for you. ...Read more
Treatment options: Many treatment options are available including dopamine agonists, deep brain stimulation, etc. There is a lot of active research in the field and new findings are being made each day. See a neurologist (specifically a neurology movement disorders subspecialist) for discussion. Http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/parkinsonsdisease. Html ...Read more
No: Parkinson's disease is not caused by medications like Prozac. Prozac increases serotonin in the brain to help with depression and anxiety. Parkinson's disease is caused by a decrease of dopamine in the brain. You can get Parkinson's like symptoms from taking anti-psychotic medications, but not from taking anti-depressants. ...Read more
My husband has Parkinson's and is wondering can certain foods and over-the-counter medicine water down the dopamine he is taking?
GREAT QUESTION: I am always amazed at even the number of colleagues who do not educate their patients on this very very important point. YES....there is a huge relationship between the PROTEIN CONTENT of a meal and the absorption of carbidopa/levodopa. If a meal has more than 30% of its caloric content in the form of protein then, this will significantly hinder absorption in the gut of Sinemet (carbidopa and levodopa). Therefore, ..... ...Read more