Treating Parkinson Disease: Available Options

Treating Parkinson Disease: Available Options
Published on, 08 June, 2023. Answered by Dr. Christopher D. Phillips and Verified by Dr.Galen Team
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 What are the available treatment options for managing Parkinson disease?



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There are several treatment options available for managing Parkinson disease. The mainstay of treatment is medication, with levodopa being a commonly prescribed drug that helps replenish dopamine levels in the brain. Other medications, such as dopamine agonists, MAO-B inhibitors, and COMT inhibitors, can also be used to enhance dopamine function or manage specific symptoms. In certain cases, deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery may be recommended, where electrodes are implanted in specific brain areas to modulate abnormal brain activity. Additionally, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy are important for managing symptoms and improving quality of life. It's crucial to consult with a healthcare professional who specializes in Parkinson disease to discuss personalized treatment options tailored to individual needs and symptoms.



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