As Parkinson’s disease (PD) progresses, patients experience off periods, the period during which medications lose their effectiveness. In this video, Dr. Stern discusses treatment options for patients with PD in this phase of their disease. He discusses how undesirable side effects can be managed using other medications. While deep brain stimulation (DBS), a more advanced neurosurgical procedure, is discussed in the section “Treating Advanced Parkinson’s”, there is some data to suggest its long term benefit even in this group of patients. Patients who are experiencing motor fluctuations can be reassured that there are many options.
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