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  1. 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 ...

  2. Levodopa Medicines for Parkinson's Disease

    Drug details for Levodopa medications for Parkinson's disease.

  3. Parkinson's Disease - Surgery

    Some surgeries for Parkinson's disease, such as pallidotomy and thalamotomy, are hardly performed anymore. Neurotransplantation is a Parkinson's disease surgery that is still experimental.

  4. Tremor - Topic Overview

    Tremor is an involuntary shaking movement that is repeated over and over. Although it may affect any part of the body, tremor most often affects the hands and head. Occasionally the feet or torso may also shake.Essential tremor, which sometimes runs in families, is one of the most common types of tremor. It is shaking that is most noticeable when you are doing something like lifting a cup or ...

  5. Parkinson's Disease and Nutrition - Topic Overview

    Most people with Parkinson's disease can eat the same healthy,balanced diet recommended for anyone. This includes plenty of fruits,vegetables,grains,cereals,legumes,poultry,fish,lean meats,and low-fat dairy products. Early in the disease,it might be helpful to take pills with food to help with nausea,which may be caused by some medicines. Later in the disease,taking the medicines ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. Parkinson's Disease: Classification - Topic Overview

    Parkinson's disease and parkinsonism Parkinson's disease is named for Dr. James Parkinson,who in 1817 first described the features of this illness. Features of Parkinson's disease include tremor,slow movement (bradykinesia),and rigid muscles (rigidity). People with parkinsonism may have Parkinson's disease or another illness with similar symptoms. Other conditions and diseases that cause ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. Parkinson's Disease - Symptoms

    The most common symptoms of Parkinson's disease include tremor or shaking, stiff muscles and achiness, limited movement, and difficulty with balance.

  10. Parkinson's Disease - Treatment Overview

    Parkinson's disease can't be stopped or reversed by any known treatment; however, drugs or surgery can relieve many symptoms of Parkinson's disease.

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