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Guide to Parkinson's Medications

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Although neuroimaging in the workup for Parkinson's disease is not definitive, it can sometimes help in distinguishing parkinsonism disorders from other Read more...

Dopamine Replacement

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Still considered the gold standard treatment for Parkinson's disease, levodopa in various forms is classified as dopamine replacement. This drug is Read more...

MAO - B Inhibitors

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Once relegated to the realm of depression treatment, MAO - B inhibitors are now used in the treatment of Parkinson's disease. Although initially thought to be disease modifying, there is no firm Read more...

Dopamine Agonists

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Dopamine agonists are a second widely used medication for Parkinson's disease. Mimicking dopamine by binding to its receptors, these drugs help Read more...




Other Medications

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There are a number of other medications that are used in the quest to find that optimal balance of medication effectiveness with minimal side effects. Read more...

10 Tips for Your PD Meds

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Your physician can prescribe any number of medications, but if they are not taken responsibly and consistently Read more...

Quality of Life

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Quality of life truly should be the primary endpoint that motivates all decisions when it comes to our medical care. Read more...

General Management

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And dealing with any of the symptoms requires a multifaceted approach.  The following is a general framework Read more...




Mood Disorders in PD

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Mood disorders are not an uncommon issue as those of us that live with the challenge of Parkinson’s can attest to. Read more...

Treating Mood Disorders

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It’s not a simple solution and you may have to try a whole complement of things before you notice an improvement. Read more...

Treating Pain in PD

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Because Parkinson’s remains an incurable illness, the goal of any treatment intervention must be quality of life and pain Read more...

Pain in Parkinson's

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And it is one issue that often significantly affects quality of life, which is something none of us want to lose Read more...




YOPD vs. Late Onset PD

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Young onset Parkinson’s (before age 40) occurs in 5-10% of people diagnosed while 20% of those affected are under the age of 50. Read more...

Premotor Symptoms

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But focus is now being placed onto a new groups of symptoms – pre-motor symptoms which can predate the classical signs by several years. Read more...

Sleep Disorders in PD

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Sleep disturbance is in fact, a very common symptom for those with Parkinson’s Disease with close to 80% suffering from this difficulty. Read more...

Dystonia vs. Dyskinesia

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One distinction that can be very important to this discussion is the difference between dystonia and dyskinesia Read more...




Genetics Testing in PD

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The degree of influence that our genes have varies of course depending on the disease but both environmental factors and genetics Read more...

Diagnosing Depression in PD

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The standard criteria used to reliably diagnose depression are difficult to apply in those with Parkinson’s Read more...

Dysphagia in Parkinson's

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Aspiration pneumonia, a consequence of dysphagia or difficulty swallowing, is a leading cause of death in Parkinson's disease so addressing this symptom is very important. Read more...

Gastrointestinal Problems in PD

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Parkinson's disease affects our body's functioning in many ways including our gastrointestinal tract giving us symptoms from poor dentition to difficulty swallowing and elimination. Read more...

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