Parkinson’s

Parkinson’s Disease


Parkinson’s disease is a mental health condition that affects 10 million people worldwide and 60,000 people yearly in America alone.

Parkinson’s is a nervous system disorder that can affect movement, cause tremors, shakes and restlessness. It is common to see tremors in the hands first. There is a slowing of movement, of speech and gait muscle rigidity and confusion is also attributed.

It is thought that low dopamine levels are associated with this disease.

Let’s take a look at the medications used to treat this mental health disorder.

Levadopa For Parkinson’s


Levadopa is a precursor to the neurotransmitter dopamine. It synthesizes and increases dopamine in the brain.

Levadopa helps with movement and tremors associated with Parkinson’s disease. This medication can also help restless legs associated with Parkinson’s.

Your physician may want to prescribe Levadopa if you or a loved one suffers from Parkinson’s disease.

CAUTION
Comes with Side Effects


Common side effects include trouble sleeping, nightmares, vomiting, nausea, loss of appetite, headaches and more.

Let’s take a look at other options for treating Parkinson’s Disease.

Dopamine Agonists
for Parkinson’s


Dopamine agonists work by copying the action of dopamine in the brain. They bind to dopamine receptors. The binding is found on the nerve cells that regulate body movement and motor control.

The FDA approved four dopamine agonists to treat this disease.

Mirapex
Requip
Neupro
Apokyn

Dopamine agonists have longer half-lives than levodopa. They produce more dopamine receptor stimulation than levodopa can produce on its own.

Levadopa produces toxic free radicals. Therefore, dopamine agonists are safer.

Dopamine agonists together with levadopa can be used as treatment. This can limit symptoms more than one treatment alone.

CAUTION
Comes with Side Effects


Side effects are common. They include headaches, constipation, nausea, low blood pressure, hallucinations, fatigue, dizziness, fainting, as well as over-shopping (spending all of ones savings), over-eating, over sexual behaviors and even gambling ones money away.

Let’s take a look at other medications.

Anticholinergics
for Parkinson’s


These medications block the neurotransmitter acetylcholine in the brain. When acetylcholine is out of balance it can lower dopamine. Acetylcholine works together with dopamine, so they can balance each other. This helps raise dopamine levels for sufferers.

These are the first medications used for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. They help treat tremors and dystonia associated with the condition.

Common Anticholinergic Medications:

Artane
Cogentin

CAUTION
Comes with Side Effects


Some side effects are common and they include memory impairment, cognitive decline and hallucinations.