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Medicine and Cognition

Monday July 28, 2014

Cognitive problems, namely executive dysfunction is common in Parkinson’s disease. Medicines, of course, can worsen cognition including memory. Although dopaminergic medicines are the most commonly used medicines to treat PD motor symptoms, there are many others to be aware of as they too can cause thinking problems.

The following discussion lists medications by categories of use followed by examples that can cause problems.

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Common Medicines Common Side Effects

Sunday March 30, 2014

Medication can help you move and treat a number of symptoms such as mood, cognition and bladder control. When taking any medicine, it is important to understand both what medicines can do for you and the side effects to monitor.

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Impulsive behaviors and activities: What is the cause?

Saturday October 12, 2013

Impulsivity control problems are experienced in some individuals with Parkinson’s disease. This article will define these problems, discuss potential causes and provide information about the steps you can take if you are experiencing any of these problems.

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Top medicines that worsen Parkinson’s disease or cause secondary parkinsonism

Friday October 04, 2013

Some medications can worsen movement symptoms of PD, including slowness, stiffness, tremor and dyskinesia.

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Can you give any additional information about Othello Syndrome in the context of PD?

Thursday May 16, 2013

Othello syndrome describes a form of psychosis in which one has delusional thoughts about their partner having an affair or similar relationship that does not exist. They may misinterpret ‘clues’ to support this delusion.

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What causes hallucinations?

Sunday April 21, 2013

Hallucinations are a side effect associated with dopaminergic medicines used to treat Parkinson’s disease motor symptoms.

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How do I best time doses of carbidopa/Ldopa?

Sunday March 17, 2013

The following excerpt is from a question received by NWPF.

We were told by our neurologist that my husband should take carbidopa/Ldopa (Sinemet) every 5 hours and also told to take it with meals. What is the best way to time the dose of this medicine?

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Manage nausea from medicines

Friday March 16, 2012

I get nausea in the morning. Could this be caused by my medicines? All dopaminergic medicines can cause nausea. Nausea is worse when you first start a medicine and can increase as you increase dose.

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Is gambling a side effect of medicine?

Wednesday February 29, 2012

Impulsivity control problems can be a side effect of dopaminergic medicines used to treat Parkinson’s.

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