Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Parkinson's Disease Drugs

There are no medications that cure Parkinson's disease, but medications can reduce the symptoms of the disease. A person with Parkinson's disease must learn about the side effects that may occur with their Parkinson's disease medications.

Dopaminergic Drugs for Parkinson's Disease
These drugs increase the levels of dopamine in the brain.

Dopaminergic drugs for Parkinson's disease include:

Dopamine Agonist Drugs for Parkinson's Disease
Several drugs mimic the effects of dopamine in the brain.

Dopamine agonists drugs for Parkinson's disease include:

Anticholinergic Drugs for Parkinson's Disease
These medications are often used in combination with other drugs. They decrease activity in areas of the brain that have low dopamine levels.

Anticholinergic drugs for Parkinson's disease include:

COMT Inhibitor Drugs for Parkinson's Disease
Drugs in this class work by inhibiting an enzyme called COMT. This enzyme breaks down dopamine and similar chemicals in the brain. This increases dopamine levels and decreases symptoms of Parkinson's.

COMT inhibitor drugs for Parkinson's disease include:

Additional Medications for Parkinson's Disease
Other drugs that may be used to treat Parkinson's disease include:

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Last Updated: Dec 22, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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