Conventional treatments in medication – Little change in 30 years
The primary conventional treatments for Parkinson’s are medication. Although there have been some changes to drugs, the protocol has barely changed for 30+ years.
There have been no significant advances, and the disease continues to progress despite medication. All Parkinson’s medications carry significant side effects and, quite often these can outweigh the drug’s benefits.
Hardly a success story, and there’s no sign of any medication which will improve upon this sorry state of affairs.
Main drug treatments for Parkinson’s
- Dopamine Agonists
- Glutamate Antagonist
- COMT Inhibitors
- MAO-B inhibitors
Surgery is used to treat people whose symptoms can’t be controlled by medication. Not everyone will be suitable for surgery. The main type of surgery, Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery (DBSS), is used to treat the physical symptoms of Parkinson’s.
DBSS involves implanting fine wires, with electrodes at their tips, into the brain. The wires are connected to a pulse generator (a kind of pacemaker) implanted around the chest area. Electrodes deliver high frequency stimulation to the designated area of the brain.
This is explained very well in a Parkinson’s UK Booklet (PDF)