NWPF

Medication

j0400870Medicines used to treat Parkinson's disease include:
  1. Medicines for Movement
  2. Medicines for Non-motor Symptoms

Medicines for movement fall into two categories:

  • Anticholinergic Medicines (block acetylcholine.) These medicines are used to treat tremor only. There use is limited by side effects including:
    • Memory, confusion, hallucinations
    • Dry eyes, mouth
    • Constipation, Bladder retention
    • Lightheadedness
  • Dopaminergic Medications (replace or enhance depleting dopamine) are the primary group of medicines that replace depleted dopamine. Dopaminergic medication can be used to treat tremor, stiffness, slowness, and walking problems. They can sometimes have a beneficial impact on sleep, mood and cognition. The following information and video reviews more commonly used dopaminergic medicines and how these medicines work.

You can download and print a medication log sheet and other helpful workshheets at My Medical Chart.

Monique L. Giroux, MDMonique L. Giroux, MD
Medical Director, Northwest Parkinson's Foundation