Skip to content
My WebMD Sign In, Sign Up

Hypertension/High Blood Pressure Health Center

Font Size

Blood Pressure Drug Cuts Parkinson's?

Study: Parkinson's Disease Rarer in People Taking Calcium Channel Blockers, but Not Other High Blood Pressure Drugs
By
WebMD Health News
Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

Feb. 6, 2008 -- People taking calcium channel blockers to control their high blood pressure may be less likely to develop Parkinson's disease.

But the researchers who report that news aren't ready to recommend taking calcium channel blockers to prevent Parkinson's disease.

Here's what the scientists know so far: Parkinson's disease cases appear to be rarer in people taking calcium channel blockers, but not other types of drugs for high blood pressure (hypertension).

The data came from 3,637 Parkinson's patients and an equal number of people without Parkinson's disease. All participants live in the U.K., and almost all of the Parkinson's patients -- 90% -- were diagnosed after age 60.

The researchers checked participants' prescription records and found that Parkinson's disease was almost 25% rarer in current, long-term users of calcium channel blockers.

Age and sex didn't affect the results. But the researchers -- who included Claudia Becker, PhD, of Switzerland's University Hospital Basel, couldn't adjust for other factors including level of education, socioeconomic status, and cholesterol levels.

The study appears online in Neurology.

Today on WebMD

lowering blood pressure
SLIDESHOW
man in bed
TOOL
 
heart-shaped stethoscope
Quiz
Overturned salt shaker
Quiz
 
heart healthy living
ARTICLE
Erectile Dysfunction Slideshow
SLIDESHOW
 
Bernstein Hypertension Affects Cardiac Risk
VIDEO
Compressed heart
Article
 
Heart Disease Overview Slideshow
SLIDESHOW
thumbnail for lowering choloesterol slideshow
SLIDESHOW
 
Heart Foods Slideshow
SLIDESHOW
Low Blood Pressure
VIDEO
 

WebMD Special Sections