Parkinson's Treatment Options

Medications and surgical treatments may control movement symptoms of Parkinson's. Exercise, stretches, and balance work also help.

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MEDICATIONS

Treatment typically starts with medication. Medications help reduce movement symptoms by increasing dopamine in the brain or mimicking its effects. Work with your doctor to find the medication, or combination, which gives you the most benefit with the fewest side effects.

Types of medications include:

Levodopa is a common medication. After some years, many people find that levodopa becomes less effective at controlling their symptoms. Signs to watch for include:


SURGICAL OPTIONS

Other treatments for Parkinson's require a surgical procedure.


CHANGING TREATMENT OVER TIME

Since Parkinson's is a progressive disease, the treatment that works for you now may not work later. Talk with your doctor about your current symptoms, what daily activities are important for you to maintain, and what treatments to consider as your disease progresses.

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