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How can monoamine oxidase B (MAO-B) inhibitors help with treating Parkinson's disease?

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MAO-B inhibitors block the action of an enzyme that breaks down dopamine. You can take them alone early in Parkinson's disease or with other drugs as your disease moves to a later stage.

MAO-B inhibitors include selegiline (Eldepryl) and rasagaline (Azilect). You usually take them alone because you can get side effects when you combine them with other drugs.

SOURCES: 

Journal of the American Medical Association

American Academy of Family Physicians. 

National Parkinson Foundation. 

American Parkinson Disease Foundation. 

Parkinson's UK: "Wearing Off and Dyskinesia."

Teva Pharmaceuticals Inc.

FDA. "FDA approves drug to treat Parkinson’s disease."  

Reviewed by Neil Lava on January 20, 2019

SOURCES: 

Journal of the American Medical Association

American Academy of Family Physicians. 

National Parkinson Foundation. 

American Parkinson Disease Foundation. 

Parkinson's UK: "Wearing Off and Dyskinesia."

Teva Pharmaceuticals Inc.

FDA. "FDA approves drug to treat Parkinson’s disease."  

Reviewed by Neil Lava on January 20, 2019

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