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  1. 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 ...

  2. COMT Inhibitors for Parkinson's Disease

    Drug details for COMT inhibitors for Parkinson's disease.

  3. Parkinson's Disease Guide - Prevention

    There is no known way to prevent Parkinson's disease.

  4. Levodopa Medicines for Parkinson's Disease

    Drug details for Levodopa medications for Parkinson's disease.

  5. Neurological Exam for Parkinson's Disease - Topic Overview

    A detailed neurological exam should be part of a standard physical exam to diagnose Parkinson's disease and to separate Parkinson's disease from other conditions. Your family doctor or general practitioner can do this. Or you may be referred to a neurologist,which is a doctor who specializes in disorders of the nervous system (brain,spinal cord,peripheral nerves,and muscles). During this ...

  6. Pallidotomy (Posteroventral Pallidotomy) for Parkinson's Disease

    In Parkinson's disease, a part of the brain called the globus pallidus is overactive, which causes a decrease in the activity of a different part of the brain that controls movement.In a pallidotomy, the surgeon destroys a tiny part of the globus pallidus

  7. Parkinson's Disease: Levodopa Versus Dopamine Agonists - Topic Overview

    No known treatment can stop or reverse the breakdown of nerve cells that causes Parkinson's disease. But medicine can relieve many symptoms of the disease.Treatment is different for every person. And the type of treatment you will need may change as the disease progresses. Your age, work status, family, and living situation can all affect decisions about when to begin treatment, what types of treatment to use, and when to make changes in treatment. As your medical condition changes, you may need regular adjustments in your treatment to balance quality-of-life issues, side effects of treatment, and treatment costs.The decision to start taking medicine, and which medicine to take, will be different for each person with Parkinson's disease. Your doctor will be able to help you make these choices.For many years, levodopa has been the drug of choice for treating Parkinson's disease. Although many newer drugs have been developed, including the dopamine agonists (for example,

  8. Parkinson's Disease and Exercise - Topic Overview

    Exercise is an important part of home treatment for people with Parkinson's disease. It has benefits in both early and advanced stages of the disease. Regular exercise can help you: Maintain muscle strength and improve coordination. Maintain and increase endurance. Improve flexibility and range of motion. Improve cardiovascular fitness. Control weight. Reduce the likelihood of becoming ...

  9. Parkinson's Disease: Eating and Drooling Problems - Topic Overview

    Parkinson's disease can change many of the muscles used for speech, chewing, and swallowing. Changes in these muscles may cause:Weight loss and nutrition problems.Slow eating.Fatigue during eating.Food sticking in the throat.Coughing or choking on food or liquids.Trouble swallowing saliva, which causes drooling.Trouble swallowing pills.But there are things you can do to help reduce eating and drooling problems. A speech-language pathologist (also called a speech therapist) can teach you exercises and show you other ways to help with eating, swallowing, and drooling.Eating problemsYou can reduce eating problems by changing how and what you eat.Sit upright when eating, drinking, and taking pills.Take small bites of food, chew completely, and swallow before taking another bite.Take small sips of liquid, and hold them in your mouth as you prepare to swallow.If eating is tiring, divide food into smaller but more frequent meals.Thicker drinks make swallowing easier. Try milk shakes or

  10. Parkinson’s Disease: Driving a Car

    WebMD discusses the important issue of driving when you have Parkinson’s Disease. Learn tips for safety and when you should stop driving.

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