Archivos de la categoría: Parkinson disease

What is benserazide

A dopa dEcarboxylasE (DDC) inhibitor drug taken in combination with lev-odopa to increase the amount of lEvodopa that crosses the blood-brain barrier to become converted into dopaminE. DDC acts quickly to metabolize levodopa as it...

What is apathy

A lack of motivation, interest, and energy. Apathy is an early and progressive symptom of dementia in Parkinson’s disease. As well, apathy is a symptom of depression, which also occurs as a symptom of Parkinson’s as well as a resp...

What is alcohol and Parkinson’s disease

Recent studies show that people who regularly drink light to moderate amounts of alcohol have a lower incidence of Parkinson’s disease than people who drink no alcohol at all. The reasons for these findings remain unclear, however...

What is walking

An activity that has several dimensions for the person with Parkinson’s. The neuromuscu-lar symptoms of Parkinson’s such as bradykinEsia (slowed muscle response and movement) and aki-nEsia (freezing) prominently interfere with wal...

What is temazepam

A sleep medication in the benzodi-azepine family of drugs. Temazepam (Restoril) is fast-acting, generally producing significant drowsiness within 30 minutes. Its effect lasts about six hours, helping to prevent waking in the middl...

What is sleep medications

Medications taken to fall asleep and stay asleep. Most sleep medications are sedatives; they reduce neuron communication in the brain, slowing physical and cognitive functions. Often antidepressant sedatives such as trazadone (Des...

What is retirement

Ending employment after meeting specified time-in-service and other requirements. There is no set retirement age, which varies among industries and employers. Some people retire with pensions and other benefits; others either are ...

What is pregnancy

There is very little data available on pregnancy in people with Parkinson’s disease. Women with early-onset Parkinson’s who are of childbearing age do appear to have some risk of their Parkinson’s symptoms worsening during pregnan...