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Treatments for Parkinson's Disease

Currently, there are no treatments available to cure Parkinson’s disease or to completely halt its progression.

If you have an early, mild case of Parkinson’s disease, your doctor may recommend that you start your treatment program with only lifestyle changes, such as diet and exercise. As the disease progresses, your doctor may prescribe medication to:

  • Treat symptoms, such as rigidity and slowness
  • Offset the side effects of the drugs used to treat Parkinson’s disease, such as abnormal or hyperactive movements
  • Help you cope with other aspects of the disease, such as insomnia, inattentiveness, depression, or anxiety

Other treatments may be recommended if your symptoms begin to interfere with your daily functioning. Treatment options involve the following:

Lifestyle changesMedicationsSurgeryOther treatmentsAlternative and complementary therapies

Revision Information

  • Reviewer: Rimas Lukas, MD
  • Review Date: 11/2016 -
  • Update Date: 05/20/2015 -
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  • Parkinson's disease. American Association of Neurological Surgeons website. Available at: http://www.aans.org/en/Patient%20Information/Conditions%20and%20Treatments/Parkinsons%20Disease.aspx. Accessed November 29, 2016.

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