Parkinson’s disease, which manifests itself through four primary symptoms such as tremor, rigidity, postural instability and slowness of movements, develops slowly and gradually, leading different muscles of human body out of brain’s control.
The disorder is very complicated by its nature, being difficult not only to treat, but even to diagnose in its early stages. However, since the times when the disorder was medically described at the dawn of the 19th century, the science of medicine made a great progress in the treatment strategies of the “shaking palsy”.
For the time being, the “golden standard” in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease is the medication called levodopa, also known as L-dopa. Along with the proven effectiveness of the medication, levodopa also has a line of serious side effects, which make doctors evaluate carefully all the expected benefits and possible side effects from levodopa therapy.
On the other hand, the imperfection of the current treatment options works like stimuli for doctors and scientists to research and develop novel approaches to the treatment of Parkinson’s disease.
The articles below review and summarize information on the available medications against PD, explaining their mode of action, highlighting the benefits and alerting on the possible threats, risks or contraindications.