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Posted by Debbie on August 22, 2000 at 17:24:01:

In Reply to: parkinson's treatments posted by BroadRog on August 22, 2000 at 15:01:26:


Hi, Levadopa is a drug containing dopamine, that is used to treat persons diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. Parkinson's disease in a nutshell involves the depletion of dopamine in the brain, so Levadopa is used to replace the lost Dopamine in the brain. As far as its efficacy, Levadopa (most often goes by brand name Sinemet in the USA), is very effective initially, and patient may even believe they are cured, however as time progresses, the side effects become more prominent primarily in the form of additional body movements, and also more and more of the drug is needed since Parkinson's is a progressive in nature. In a younger patient diagnosed with Parkinson's, usually first line of treatment are drugs other than sinement. Best to check with a Neurologist who sub-specializes in Parkinson's Disease (PD) to identify best form of treatment for a particular patient and their symptoms. There are great websites on the internet that go into more depth about the differentt types of meds used to treat PD. Just do a search under Parkinson's disease, and you'll come across many of them. As far as genes, they have, to my knowledge identified one gene, but the cause of PD is still unknown. Gene therapy has still a ways to go, however, there are some very very promising new treatment on the horizon, and that is the good news! Hope this helps!

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