How often should patients with Parkinson disease (PD) be monitored?

Updated: Jan 24, 2019
  • Author: Robert A Hauser, MD, MBA; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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Patients with Parkinson disease must have regular follow-up care to ensure adequate treatment of motor and behavioral abnormalities. Once patients are stable on a medication regimen, provide follow-up care at least every 3-6 months, and periodically adjust medication dosages as necessary. Patients also need to be monitored for adverse events, including somnolence, sudden-onset sleep, impulse control disorders, and psychosis. In addition, patients should be evaluated and treated for emergence of clinically relevant nonmotor symptoms, including dementia, psychosis, sleep disorders, and mood disorders.


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