Prescription medication is one the primary ways to manage the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Several drugs can be used to delay the progression of this disease. You might need to take a combination of them to control your symptoms.
Although Parkinson’s drugs are considered safe, they can cause side effects. Some of these medications can also interact with other drugs you take.
Below is a list of common drug treatments for Parkinson’s disease, and their possible side effects.
Levodopa increases levels of the chemical dopamine in your brain. A lack of dopamine is what causes the jerky movements and other symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Levodopa is usuallycombined with carbidopa, and it comes in both long-acting and short-acting forms (Rytary, Parcopa, Stalevo).
Side effects include:
- appetite loss
- low blood pressure
- uncontrollable movements of the face, arms, legs, or torso (dyskinesia)