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How does amantadine help with Parkinson's disease?

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Amantadine (Symmetrel) may help people with mild Parkinson's disease by raising the amount of dopamine that your brain cells can use, which leads to fewer symptoms. It may help ease the involuntary movements that can happen when you take levodopa. But it may cause side effects, such as confusion and memory problems.

From: Medications for Parkinson's Disease WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Neil Lava on January 20, 2019

Medically Reviewed on 1/20/2019

SOURCES:

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

National Parkinson Foundation: "How Is PD Treated?" “Carbidopa-Levodopa,” “Dopamine agonists,” “MAO-B inhibitors.”

Parkinson's Disease Foundation: "Medications & Treatments."

UpToDate: "Patient information: Parkinson disease treatment options -- medications (Beyond the Basics)."

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Reviewed by Neil Lava on January 20, 2019

SOURCES:

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

National Parkinson Foundation: "How Is PD Treated?" “Carbidopa-Levodopa,” “Dopamine agonists,” “MAO-B inhibitors.”

Parkinson's Disease Foundation: "Medications & Treatments."

UpToDate: "Patient information: Parkinson disease treatment options -- medications (Beyond the Basics)."

Teva Neuroscience Inc.

 

Reviewed by Neil Lava on January 20, 2019

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