Drug treatments for Parkinson's
Drug treatment is the main method used to control the symptoms
Drug treatment for Parkinson's is prescribed to suit the individual. Each person will react to their medication in different ways.
Professor Adrian Williams, Consultant Neurologist
Parkinson's symptoms happen
when levels of a chemical messenger in your brain, called dopamine, become too low.
Drug treatments aim to increase the level of dopamine that
reaches the brain and stimulate the parts of the brain where
There are many different drugs prescribed for Parkinson's. None
of them are perfect, but research into
treatments is improving the options all the time.
Every person with Parkinson's has a different experience of the
condition. Your GP, specialist or Parkinson's nurse will aim to find the
treatment that is best for you as an individual.
Your drugs will be reviewed over time to make sure you receive
the best combination for you as your condition progresses. See
our information about treatments and
therapies for advanced Parkinson's.
You may need to be careful if you take medication for other
reasons. Your GP, specialist or Parkinson's nurse can advise on
For more information, see our Drug
treatments for Parkinson's booklet or browse the pages
The main drug treatments for Parkinson's
These are the main types of drugs that are used to treat
You may also want to read about Parkinson's drugs and impulsive and compulsive
We've made every effort to ensure that the information presented
on this website is accurate at the time of updating.
Please remember that information about drugs may change. This
website does not list all the uses and side effects associated with
We advise you to speak to your GP, specialist or
Parkinson's nurse about your individual healthcare.
Side effects of Parkinson's drugs
All prescribed drugs can have potential side effects, including
those used to treat Parkinson's. Some things you think are symptoms
of Parkinson's may actually be side effects of medication.
Find out more about side effects of
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