Parkinson’s Disease | Treatment

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Can medicines treat Parkinson's disease?

There is no cure for Parkinson's disease. But medicines can help control the symptoms of the disease, often with very good results. The most common medicine used to treat Parkinson's disease is carbidopa-levodopa, which helps increase the amount of dopamine in your brain. Other medicines, such as dopamine agonists, medicines that inhibit certain chemicals in your brain, anticholinergics, and amantadine are also available. Your doctor will recommend the best treatment for you.

In addition to medicine, your doctor may also recommend exercise or physical therapy. In some cases, surgery can also help relieve symptoms.

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 05/14
Created: 03/96

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