Nervous system disorders

Parkinson's disease

About Parkinson's disease

Parkinson's disease (PD) is a type of movement disorder. It happens when nerve cells in the brain don't produce enough of a brain chemical called dopamine. Sometimes it is genetic, but most cases do not seem to run in families. Exposure to chemicals in the environment might play a role.

Symptoms of Parkinson's disease
  • Trembling of hands, arms, legs, jaw, and face
  • Stiffness of the arms, legs, and trunk
  • Slow movement
  • Poor balance and coordination

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All Medications for Parkinson's disease

  • Apokyn
    (apomorphine)
    Prescription only

    Apokyn (apomorphine) is good for treating the "off" episodes or difficulty moving around when you have advanced Parkinson's disease, but it can cause vomiting and sudden sleepiness.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Injection
  • Artane (trihexyphenidyl) can be used to control tremors if you have Parkinson's, but it can really dry you out and cause other side effects.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Liquid
  • Azilect
    (rasagiline)
    Prescription only

    Azilect (rasagiline) is one of the recommended medicines to treat Parkinson's disease. It is now available in generic, which makes it more affordable for people without insurance.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • bromocriptine
    Prescription only

    Parlodel (bromocriptine) is a good medicine to add to other medicines for Parkinson's disease when they start to not work so well.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • carbidopa / levodopa / entacapone
    Prescription only

    Stalevo (carbidopa / levodopa / entacapone) is a good choice for Parkinson's disease, especially when carbidopa/levodopa starts losing its effect.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • carbidopa / levodopa extended release
    Prescription only

    Sinemet CR (carbidopa / levodopa extended release) is the first choice treatment for Parkinson's disease.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Extended release
  • carbidopa / levodopa
    Prescription only

    Sinemet (carbidopa / levodopa) is the first choice treatment for Parkinson's disease.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Dissolving tablet
  • carbidopa
    Prescription only

    Lodosyn (carbidopa) enhances the effect of levodopa. It cannot relieve symptoms of Parkinson's disease when taken by itself.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • Cogentin
    (benztropine)

    Good for treating tremors caused by Parkinson's and for treating uncontrolled movements in people taking antipsychotics.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Injection
  • Duopa
    (carbidopa / levodopa)
    Prescription only

    Duopa (carbidopa / levodopa) pumps carbidopa/levodopa into your body throughout the day. It is reserved for advanced Parkinson's disease when your symptoms become more frequent than the dosing of your tablets.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Liquid
  • Eldepryl
    (selegiline)
    Prescription only

    Used with other medicines for Parkinson's disease to boost its effect.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Dissolving tablet
  • entacapone
    Prescription only

    Comtan (entacapone) enhances the effect of carbidopa/levodopa. It's usually added on when carbidopa/levodopa starts to lose its effect on Parkinson's disease.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • Mirapex
    (pramipexole)
    Prescription only

    Mirapex (Pramipexole) is an effective medicine for Parkinson's disease or restless leg syndrome, but there are potentially serious side effects.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Extended release
  • Requip
    (ropinirole)
    Prescription only

    Requip (Ropinirole) is an effective medicine for Parkinson's disease or restless leg syndrome, but there are potentially serious side effects.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Extended release
  • Rytary
    (carbidopa / levodopa)
    Prescription only

    Rytary (carbidopa / levodopa) can be used to treat Parkinson's disease, but it can be expensive.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Extended release capsule
  • Symmetrel
    (amantadine)
    Prescription only

    Symmetrel (amantadine) is a generic medicine that can be used alone, or with other medicines to treat early Parkinson's disease.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Liquid
  • tolcapone
    Prescription only

    Taking Tasmar (tolcapone) is the next step to control Parkinson's disease when carbidopa/levodopa don't work as well, however you might be more likely to have liver damage.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • Clozaril
    (clozapine)
    Prescription only

    Clozaril (Clozapine) treats schizophrenia when other drugs haven't worked, but you'll have to get blood work done regularly and might gain weight.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Dissolving tablet
    • Liquid
  • Exelon
    (rivastigmine)
    Prescription only

    Exelon (Rivastigmine) works for all stages of dementia caused by Alzheimer's, and the oral version is cheaper than the patch.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Liquid
    • Patch

Medication side effects for Parkinson's disease

These are some of the most common side effects from clinical trials for Constipation.

  • Rytary: 2%
  • bromocriptine: 9%
  • carbidopa / levodopa / entacapone: 22%
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At this end, no one is expected to have Constipation

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At this end, almost everyone is expected to have Constipation

Tips, success stories, and coping strategies for Parkinson's disease

What tip would you give someone like me who was just diagnosed?
  • Don't panic-with care and active management you can face the challenge and even go from strength to strength
  • Do as much exercise as you can
  • Tell those around you what you need...sounds simpler than it is...
  • Find a good neurologist
What’s your best coping strategy?
  • Consciously choosing to live positively, acknowledging my disease and actively managing it
Besides medications, what else has worked for you?
  • Exercise and plenty of it!
  • Mindfulness