13 medications to help control Parkinson’s disease symptoms

If you have Parkinson’s disease, there aren’t any treatments that can slow, reverse or stop the condition’s progression. But although there is no cure, more than a dozen medications can help patients manage symptoms.

Our goals when prescribing medications for Parkinson’s disease are twofold: to improve day-to-day functioning and quality of life and to keep people functioning as long as possible. Hopefully, your physician has the same goals in mind for you.

In the University of Michigan clinic, we work with people individually to find the best medication for them. Here’s an overview to help you manage your care.

Picking a Parkinson’s medication

When assessing which medications will work best, we ask patients the following questions:

· Are you able to do what you want to do?

· Are the medications you are taking now wearing off before the next dose?

· Do your medications have side effects? If so, what are they?

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