Parkinson’s disease is known to cause a wide gamut of complications and symptoms in the human body. While there is no treatment yet that can reverse, or completely stop the breakdown of nerve cells that lead to Parkinson’s disease, there are drugs in the market that have proven very effective in relieving the symptoms associated with this disease. Another effective form of treatment for Parkinson disease symptoms, although limited to a small number of people, is surgery.
When having mild Parkinson disease symptoms, you may not necessarily need any form of treatment for the disease. Your doctor could therefore wait until the symptoms start to show signs of interference with your day-to-day activities before he can prescribe any medication. Before you start on medication though, additional treatment options such as physical therapy, regular exercise, and occupational therapy can be very helpful not only at the onset of the disease but in all stages, as it helps you maintain your independence, mobility, and more importantly your strength.
If your doctor sees you need to use drugs, there are options available. Levodopa is one of them, which is believed to be the ‘standard’ mode of treatment for Parkinson’s disease. Be advised though that this drug has proven to have adverse side effects when used for an extended period of time. It is because of this that dopamine agonists like ropinirole and pramipexole are normally used first before Levodopa is prescribed. Other non-dopamine drugs which can be used first include monoamine oxidase inhibitors e.g. selegiline, amantadine, and anticholinergics e.g. trihexylphenidyl. Levodopa is then introduced later on when the disease progresses.
Still on point, when the disease is still at its onset stage, it is advisable you take your pills alongside food so you can prevent nausea which is sometimes brought about by Parkinson’s disease medication. As the condition progresses and your body gets used to the medication, then you can take your medicines an hour before meals and then at least 2 hours after meals to boost their efficacy. You can always find advice and emotional support from your doctor, health care professionals, or by joining Parkinson’s disease support groups; this is highly recommended both at the onset and throughout the lifetime of the disease. 08248
As the disease progresses, the symptoms tend to become severe and more disabling. Many people will experience mild-to-moderate body tremors, because of muscular rigidity movement will be slowed down considerably and become very limited, your automatic and impulsive response and movement will also be slowed down and eventually get lost completely. When the disease reaches this stage, then treatment will be determined by evaluating the severity of the symptoms measured against the side effects that the drugs will have.
Note that the symptoms of the disease will change with the progress of the disease. As such, you should expect an adjustment of drugs so that your body can be able to handle the symptoms as they come. Your doctor is at the best position to advice on the right course of treatment to undertake so ensure you discuss your symptoms and condition with him.