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Parkinson's Disease

Increasing the meds

03/01/1999

Question:

I was diagnosed with P.D. about two years ago. I find I can move about and have little pain for a few days and the next few days have a lot of pain and am very stiff . It seems hard to judge if the P.D. is progressing because I go back and forth . This is normal from what others say , but how can I tell when to increase meds , when I could be better in a few days ?

Answer:

One good way is to keep a daily diary. In this you record every hour whether you feel the medication is working -- the "on state" or not -- the "off state". Also record meals and sleeping times. Looking at the diary will give you a better idea about when you should increase your PD meds.

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Response by:

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