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Thursday, December 18, 2014
How long until disability?
How many years is the average length of time from diagnoses of P.D. to disability ?
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.
Arif Dalvi, MD
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati