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Parkinson's Disease

PD treatments - 1970s



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 The pills for her tremors made her withdrawn and mostly unresponsive, and didn`t help much (in my view).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.


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