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Parkinson's Disease

PD treatments - 1970s

03/27/2000

Question:

At what point to the medications for PD become as personality altering as the disease itself? I grew up around a relative (she died in 1982) who had at least a dozen pill bottles of different sizes and colors that supposedly delayed the effcts of PD. The pills for her tremors made her withdrawn and mostly unresponsive, and didn`t help much (in my view).

My family is terrible at explaining these sorts of things, and articles from that time period are elusive or too technical for me. I just wonder if all that medication for all those years was really necessary, and then I can stop thinking about it.

Answer:

It is difficult to predict this as disease progression varies from patient to patient. If the medications for PD did not help it is possible she may have had a Parkinson`s plus syndrome.

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Response by:

Arif Dalvi, MD
Assistant Professor
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati