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Parkinson's disease is a progressive neurogenerative disease that causes neurons in the brain that control movement to weaken and/or die off.* Healthy neurons produce enough dopamine to control movement properly.* Damaged neurons produce lower levels of dopamine causing some symptoms of Parkinson’s. In addition, low levels of dopamine effect many other chemicals and functions in the brain like norepinephrine, a chemical that transmits signals across nerve endings and controls functions, such as blood pressure and heart rate.* This simple breakdown is an oversimplification.*
Also, the brain is individualized and complex in the way it functions, but researchers are confident that dopamine is the main chemical involved in Parkinson’s. As stated below, most medications prescribed to treat Parkinson’s alter dopamine in some way.
Below is a list of prescribed Medications and side effects for Parkinson's that may be helpful to you.
Parkinson's Facts and Figures
- Men are 1.5 times more likely to have Parkinson's disease than women.*
- Approximately 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with PD each year.*
- More than 10 million people worldwide are living with PD.*
- Medications usually cost on average $2,500 a year and surgery can cost up to $100,000 per person.*
Most medications used to treat Parkinson's were developed to help restore, replenish, or mimic dopamine and other chemicals in the brain that contribute to this disease
Some Side effects
Parkinson’s medication can be helpful when used properly as prescribed. Only use these drugs if prescribed and monitored by a doctor. Again, it cannot be stressed enough, these drugs should be monitored by a doctor. There is no cure for Parkinson’s but symptoms can be managed with the correct medications and dosage. Please consult with your medical professional about using these drugs. They should be equipped to help you and your situation.
*Parkinson's News Today. 2020. 11 Facts about Parkinson's disease. Retrieved on 7-10-2020 from
*Parkinson's Foundation. 2020. Parkinson's Statistics. Retrieved on 7-9-2020 from https://www.parkinson.org/Understanding-Parkinsons/Statistics
*Micheal J Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. 2020. Parkinson's 101. Retrieved on 7-11-2020 from https://www.michaeljfox.org/