How should you treat Parkinson Disease?
Unfortunately, research has not shown many oral therapies for idiopathic Parkinson Disease (PD) to be “disease-modifying“. Meaning treatment does not improve the long-term outcome or otherwise delay disease progression. The only exceptions to this rule in PD would be exercise and possibly rasagiline. So we have a pharmacopeia of oral, intramuscular and patch formulations of various agents that can be helpful in relieving symptoms. We go through these in detail, and briefly touch upon deep brain stimulation in our episode this week, starring Dr. David Coughlin, so check it out here:
For those of you looking for a visual aid, here is a fancy table to get you through your day:
There’s really not much else to say here. But stay tuned, in a few weeks we will be discussing the history of levodopa therapy and the drugs that preceded it in the management of PD.
The content in this episode was vetted and approved by Dr. Andres Deik.
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