No known treatment can stop or reverse the breakdown of nerve cells that causes Parkinson's disease. But there are many treatments that can help your symptoms and improve your quality of life.
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 changes in your treatment to balance
quality-of-life issues, side effects of treatment, and treatment costs.
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You'll need to see members of your health care team regularly (every 3 to 6
months, or as directed) for adjustments in your treatment as your condition
Treatments for Parkinson's include:
Medicines, such as levodopa and dopamine agonists. This is the most common treatment for Parkinson's disease. For more information, see Medications.
Home treatment. There are many steps you
can take at home to make dealing with the symptoms of Parkinson's disease
easier, such as getting regular exercise and eating a healthy diet. For more information, see Home Treatment.
Surgery. Brain surgery, for example deep brain stimulation (DBS), may be considered when medicine fails to control symptoms of Parkinson's disease or causes severe or
disabling side effects. For more information, see Surgery.
Speech therapySpeech therapy. Speech therapists use breathing and speech exercises to help you overcome the soft,
imprecise speech and monotone voice that develop in advanced Parkinson's
Treatment for mental problems. You or your family members may notice that
you begin to have problems with memory, problem solving, learning, and other
mental functions. When these problems keep you from doing daily activities, it
dementia. There are medicines that can help treat
dementia in people with Parkinson's.
Depression is common in people with
Recognizing and dealing with depression is important. There are medicines that can help the
symptoms of depression in people with Parkinson's.
Your doctor, other health
professionals, or Parkinson's support groups can help you get emotional
support and education about the illness. This is important both early and
throughout the course of the disease.