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  1. Differences Between Essential Tremor and Parkinson's Disease - Topic Overview

    Essential tremor differs from the tremor caused by Parkinson's disease in the following ways: Essential tremor may affect the head and voice. Head tremor is uncommon in early Parkinson's disease. Essential tremor is almost always worse when the affected part of the body is in motion than when it is at rest. Tremor associated with Parkinson's disease generally decreases or disappears when the ...

  2. Amantadine for Parkinson's Disease

    Drug details for Amantadine for Parkinson's disease.

  3. Tremor - Treatment Overview

    Some tremors can be treated with medicine or surgery.A tremor caused by Parkinson's disease may get better if your Parkinson's disease is treated. Essential tremor is usually treated with medicine, such as:Primidone (for example, Mysoline).Propranolol (for example, Inderal).Essential tremor that doesn't get better with medicine may be treated with surgery, such as:Deep brain stimulation (DBS).Thalamotomy.

  4. Deep Brain Stimulation

    Deep brain stimulation uses electrical impulses to stimulate a target area in the brain. The stimulation affects movement by altering the activity in that area of the brain. The procedure does not destroy any brain tissue, and stimulation can be stopped at any time by turning off the device that supplies the electrical impulses. Surgery is required to implant the equipment that produces the ...

  5. Parkinson's Disease and Depression - Topic Overview

    Depression is common in people who have Parkinson's disease. Sometimes it is caused by the disease itself. Or it can be caused by the distress that comes with having any long-term,disabling illness. Taking care of yourself emotionally is an important part of staying healthy. If you are feeling sad or depressed,ask a friend or family member for help. Think about what might be causing or ...

  6. Parkinson's Disease: Movement Problems From Levodopa - Topic Overview

    Movement problems (motor fluctuations) are the most common complication of long-term levodopa use. The majority of people who take levodopa develop these problems within 5 to 10 years. The main types of levodopa-related motor fluctuations include: The wearing-off effect. Wearing-off periods occur when the effects of a single dose of levodopa do not last as long as they used to. Control of ...

  7. Parkinson's Disease and Sexual Problems - Topic Overview

    Problems with sexual function in people with Parkinson's disease are common. Muscle stiffness and movement may make sexual activity difficult. Depression or anxiety may result in a loss of interest in sex or,in men,erection problems. These often can be improved by treatment with medicine. Parkinson's disease can affect the nerves that control the sexual organs. This may cause difficulty in ...

  8. Parkinson's Disease - When To Call a Doctor

    See your doctor if your Parkinson's disease symptoms or your response to your medication change significantly.

  9. Parkinson's Disease and Speech Problems - Topic Overview

    Parkinson's disease can affect the muscles of the lips,tongue,throat,voice box (larynx),and lungs,all of which are involved in producing speech. Stiff,slow muscles in these areas may lead to: Low voice volume or soft speech. Imprecise speech sounds. Speaking too fast or too slow. Monotonous voice. Hoarseness. A speech therapist (also called a speech-language pathologist) can help you ...

  10. Tremor - When to Call a Doctor

    Call your doctor if:You suddenly develop a tremor or if an existing tremor becomes worse.Shaking interferes with your ability to do daily activities or keeps you from taking part in social events.You think that tremor may be a side effect of a medication. ...

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