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

Top Medications for Parkinson's disease according to our users

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All Medications for Parkinson's disease

  • Anti-parkinson > Dopamine agonist

    • 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.

      Was it worth it?
      • 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.

      Was it worth it?
      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Extended release
  • Antipsychotic > 2nd generation

    • 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.

      Was it worth it?
      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Dissolving tablet
      • Liquid
  • Acetylcholinesterase inhibitor > Cholinesterase inhibitor

    • 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

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  • Requip: 9%
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At this end, no one is expected to have abdominal pain

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At this end, almost everyone is expected to have abdominal pain

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

What tip would you give someone like me who was just diagnosed?
  • Find a good neurologist
  • Tell those around you what you need...sounds simpler than it is...
  • Do as much exercise as you can
  • Don't panic-with care and active management you can face the challenge and even go from strength to strength
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?
  • Mindfulness
  • Exercise and plenty of it!