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Treatment Options for Parkinson's

Parkinson's

Parkinson's can be treated with a variety of medications. However, they may lose effectiveness over time or cause troubling side effects. If this is what's happening to you, it's time to see if Medtronic DBS Therapy may be right for you.

 

 

Although there is currently no cure for Parkinson's, Medtronic DBS Therapy offers an adjustable, reversible treatment for some of the symptoms of Parkinson's. If you have difficulty controlling your movements despite various combinations of medications, or if you experience troubling side effects, talk with your doctor about whether DBS Therapy may be an option for you.

Drug Therapies

  • Dopaminergic drugs (including levodopa) – a class of drugs with dopamine-like action used to treat symptoms of Parkinson's
  • Decarboxylase inhibitor – a drug that is used with levodopa to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's
  • Dopamine agonists – a class of drugs that binds to dopamine receptors and imitates the action of dopamine
  • Anticholinergics – a class of drugs that relaxes smooth muscle and is used primarily to treat tremor in Parkinson's
  • MAO-B inhibitors – a class of drugs used to treat all symptoms of Parkinson's. These drugs block an enzyme that breaks down dopamine, allowing it to be at the receptor longer.
  • COMT inhibitors – a class of drugs that binds to dopamine receptors and imitates the action of dopamine

Although medications for Parkinson's can be used to improve motor function, they may lose their effectiveness over time, cause side effects, or both. Additionally, as the condition progresses, the medication levels required for motor function control may cause intolerable or undesirable side effects.


Pallidotomy

A pallidotomy involves destruction of a region of the brain involved with the control of movement. A pallidotomy may be one- or two-sided. Adverse effects may include hemorrhage, weakness, visual and speech deficits and confusion.


Medtronic DBS Therapy for Parkinson's Control

DBS is a brain stimulation therapy that offers an adjustable, reversible treatment used to manage some of the symptoms of Parkinson's. The therapy uses an implanted medical device, similar to a pacemaker, to deliver electrical stimulation to precisely targeted areas of the brain. Stimulation of these areas enables the brain circuits that control movement to function better.

There are surgical and treatment side effects of DBS. Please refer to Important Safety Information for more information.


Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.