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Medications

Welcome to the EPDA medication & surgical information pages. This section provides information on the different types of medication and surgical 'products' available for the management of Parkinson's disease.

In each section we provide a general overview of how these medications work, followed by more specific drug information on each of the different marketed products available for each medication type and the countries they are available in.

NOTICE

The information in this web-site is not a substitute for advice from your doctor, pharmacist or other healthcare professional.

DO CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR if you have any doubts about the correct use of your medication or any other aspects of your Parkinson's disease management.

Please be aware that there may be national differences between countries regarding specific medical information, including licensed uses.

Levodopa
A chemical cousin of dopamine that is converted to dopamine to replace the brain's dwindling supply


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MAO-B inhibitor
MAO-B inhibitors prolongs the potential action of dopamine by increasing the level of natural dopamine


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Neurosurgery
A summary of the deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgical therapy




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COMT inhibitor
COMT inhibitors block the enzymes that break down levodopa in order that the levodopa it is more effective

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Increase
Medication designed to increase the levels of dopamine




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Datscan
Chemical compounds which contain a radioactive element to allow structures inside the brain to be identified.

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Clinical Trials
Dopamine agonists mimic the action of dopamine stimulating the parts of the brain where dopamine works


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Balance
Preventing the activity of  acetylcholine to restore balance and activity of dopamine



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