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Medication Management in PD

Relevant Publications - Downloadable

Current Medications Approved for the Treatment of Parkinson's Disease in the US
Published by American Parkinson Disease Association, Updated 2015
This 2-page PDF lists all the medications available in the US for the treatment of PD. Listed are the generic name, brand name, mode of action, and common side effects.
En Espanol: Lista de Medicamentos Aprobados en Estados Unidos para el Tratamiento de la Enfermedad de Parkinson

 

Medical Management of Parkinson's Disease
Published by American Parkinson Disease Association, Revised July 2012
This 6-page educational supplement reviews the six categories of medications used to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's.

 

Parkinson's Disease Medications
Published by the National Parkinson Foundation (Now the Parkinson's Foundation), Revised 2016
This 80-page booklet reviews medications for motor symptoms and non-motor symptoms. Plus it discusses the idea that "exercise is medicine" and has a chapter on complementary therapies.
En Espanol: Medicamentos para la Enfermedad de Parkinson

 


Relevant Online Resources

Treatment - Medication
Published by American Parkinson Disease Association
This short webpage lists some considerations involved in medication decisions.

 


Relevant Online Lectures and Webinars

Managing the Motor Symptoms in PD
PD ExpertBriefing, by Parkinson's Disease Foundation (Now the Parkinson's Foundation), March 11, 2014
In this one-hour webinar, movement disorder specialist Sotirios Parashos, MD, PhD reviews the motor symptoms of Parkinson's, such as tremor, bradykinesia, and dystonia. He also explains how medications work to ease these symptoms.
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Slide presentation

 

Maximizing PD Medications: Get the Most Out of Your Treatment Plan
PD ExpertBriefing, by Parkinson's Disease Foundation (Now the Parkinson's Foundation), April 28, 2015
In this one-hour webinar, movement disorder specialist Connie Marras, MD, PhD reviews the classes of medication for PD and explains what effects (good and bad) can be expected from them. She also discusses how to maximize the effectiveness of PD medications and minimize the side effects.
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Slide presentation

 

PD Medications: Managing Side Effects
PD ExpertBriefing, by Parkinson's Disease Foundation (Now the Parkinson's Foundation), April 8, 2014
In this one-hour webinar, movement disorder specialist Hubert Fernandez, MD reviews the available medications for early, moderate, and late Parkinson's. He also discusses the potential side effects of medications and which ones require more vigilant monitoring.
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Slide presentation

 

Parkinson’s Disease - Introduction to Treatment
By Panorama Patient Network, 2017
In this 12-minute video, neurologist Matthew Stern, MD, explains how Parkinson’s disease is often best treated with a mix of medications.  Using low doses minimizes the risk of long-term side effects.  In the second half of the video, neurologist Susan Fox, PhD, discusses the importance of lifestyle in dealing with Parkinson’s disease, emphasizing the importance of sleep and exercise.

“Spotlight on Addressing Motor and Non-Motor Symptoms - The Changing Landscape”
By the American Parkinson Disease Association, May 8, 2017
In this 1-hour webinar Dr. David Standaert starts with the basics of PD before giving a good update on cutting-edge medications and DBS therapies for the management of Parkinson’s disease.  He introduces newly approved medications for motor fluctuation, orthostatic hypotension and hallucinations, and new DBS technology for tremor.  Finally getting in to what’s coming soon, and the direction of several avenues of research into slowing and/or stopping disease progression.

 

Treatment of Motor Fluctuations
By Panorama Patient Network, 2017
In this 10-minute video, neurologist Matthew Stern, MD, talks with a patient about how to minimize motor fluctuations by fine-tuning low-dose medications. Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is also mentioned.

 


This list created by Robin Riddle in January 2017.

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