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What medications treat Parkinson's disease?

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Drugs that are commonly prescribed to treat Parkinson's include:

  • Amantadine (Symmetrel)
  • Benztropine (Cogentin) and trihexyphenidyl (Artane)
  • Dopamine agonists, including pramipexole (Mirapex), ropinirole (Requip), and rotigotine (Neurpo)
  • Entacapone (Comtan) and tolcapone (Tasmar)
  • Inhaled levopoda (INBRIJA)
  • Istradefylline (Nourianz)
  • Levodopa, also called L-dopa
  • Levodopa + carbidopa (Sinemet)
  • Rasagiline (Azilect) and selegiline (Eldepryl, Zelapar)
  • Safinamide (Xadago)

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 Christopher Melinosky on January 07, 2020

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 Christopher Melinosky on January 07, 2020

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