Medication Strategies

While there is no cure for Parkinson’s disease, medications are available that aim to treat its symptoms. Parkinson’s results from the degeneration of dopaminergic neurons in the brain. Some medications are designed to temporarily replenish the dopamine in the brain. Your physician may need to make adjustments to medication including the type of medication, dose, timing of doses, and whether the medication is taken orally or through another modality. Parkinson’s medications, like other medications can come with side effects including nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, confusion, or hallucinations. Some common medications include:

  • Levodopa, Sinemet, and Atamet
  • Pramipexole, ropinirole, bromocriptine
  • Selegiline, rasagiline
  • Amantadine
  • Entacapone
  • Fludrocortisone, Midodrine
  • Anti-depressants, Sleep medications
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by our Medical Director Stuart Isaacson MD