How long are medications effective in controlling the motor signs of Parkinson disease (PD)?

Updated: Jan 24, 2019
  • Author: Robert A Hauser, MD, MBA; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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Symptomatic anti-Parkinson disease medications usually provide good control of motor signs of Parkinson disease for 4-6 years. After this, disability often progresses despite best medical management, and many patients develop long-term motor complications, including fluctuations and dyskinesias. Additional causes of disability in late disease include postural instability (balance difficulty) and dementia. Thus, symptomatic therapy for late disease requires different strategies.


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