MEDICAL MATTERS

See a movement disorders specialist. This is a neurologist who has special training or a fellowship in movement disorders, including Parkinson disease. He or she will have the skills and experience to properly diagnose and treat your disease.

Participate in clinical trials. Clinical trials provide the best opportunity to try the newest medications and other treatments. Click here to learn more, and visit www.clinicaltrials.gov and the National Institutes of Health for
 additional information about participating clinics and current studies.

Manage your medications. Your medications are the key to your treatment. The timing and dose of each medication is very important.

 Keep a list of all of the medicines you take and learn why you take each one.
 
Read the label carefully. Make sure you understand the instructions and doses.
 
Take each medicine on time.
 
Ask about possible side effects. Tell your doctor right away if you notice any problems.
 
Your medicines may change or need to be adjusted. Call your doctor if you have any questions.
 

Be careful to not take any medication that is contraindicated for Parkinson patients. This is any drug that may interfere with the dopamine system in the brain. Click here to view the contraindication list.