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Parkinson's Disease Treatments and drugs

There's no cure for Parkinson's disease, but medications can help control some of the symptoms of Parkinson's disease, and in some case, surgery may be helpful. Your doctor may recommend lifestyle changes, such as physical therapy, a healthy diet and exercise, in addition to medications.

Medications

Medications can help manage problems with walking, movement and tremor by increasing the brain's supply of dopamine. However, taking dopamine itself is not helpful, because it's unable to enter your brain.

Your initial response to Parkinson's treatment can be dramatic. Over time, however, the benefits of drugs frequently diminish or become less consistent, although symptoms can usually still be fairly well controlled.

Examples of medication your doctor may prescribe include:

*Levodopa

*Dopamine agonists

*MAO B inhibitors

*Catechol O-methyltransferase (COMT) inhibitors

*Anticholinergics

*Glutamate (NMDA) blocking drugs

Physical therapy

Surgery

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