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Parkinson's Disease

How long until disability?

09/25/1998

Question:

How many years is the average length of time from diagnoses of P.D. to disability ?

Answer:

Unfortunately there is no good way of predicting how long a person with Parkinson's can go on before being disabled. Each patient is unique. Different treatment strategies may play a role in delaying disability. Using levodopa/carbidopa (Sinemet) later and in the lowest doses possible may allow for a longer duration of good response to this medication. Antioxidants may be of theoretical benefit in slowing progresion e.g. Vitamins C and E. The role of Eldepryl in this regard is still the matter of some debate though most research suggests it offers symptomatic relief but no slowing of disease progression.

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Response by:

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