Parkinson’s disease is the second most common degenerative neurological disease, with approximately 60,000 new cases diagnosed each year within the United States.
Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a chronic and progressive movement disorder with symptoms including tremor, rigidity, akinesia (lack of movement or slowness in initiating and maintaining movement) and postural instability.
There are a variety of medications available to treat Parkinson’s; however, many factors must be taken into consideration when prescribing the right type, such as age, emotional state and job tasks, as different medications can produce different side effects.
In some cases, patients who are on medication for Parkinson’s begin noticing that the medicine starts to ‘wear off’ and their symptoms return before their next dose.
Patients also need to be aware of symptoms that can occur if their dosage is too high, releasing excess dopamine into the brain, which can include hallucinations, insomnia or a feeling similar to drinking too much caffeine.
If patients begin experiencing either of these scenarios, it is important that they talk to their doctor, as their dosage and dosage intervals need to be adjusted to eliminate these effects.
With the many advancements in Parkinson’s disease treatments, many patients are able to manage and slow the progression of their disease without surgical intervention.
Medication for Parkinson’s disease must be tailored specifically to the patient’s condition and needs, and can help restore function and significantly improve their quality of life.
Our community is fortunate, as Cone Health has an exceptional network of pharmacists, neurologists, neurosurgeons and other related medical experts that are trained in all the latest advancements in treatment options for Parkinson’s disease, allowing patients within the area to receive exceptional, state-of-the-art care close to where they live and work.
Dr. Seyyedeh Saneeymehri is a pharmacy resident in the Moses Cone Hospital Pharmacy Residency Program.
Dr. Saneeymehri earned her Doctor of pharmacy from South University in Savannah, GA in 2013.
She also attended Georgia State University for undergraduate studies in biology.