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Over-the-counter Medications for Parkinsons

Parkinson’s disease is definitely a serious condition, affecting the mobility as well as the ability of individuals to coordinate their movement

There is no medication that is known to cure the condition. What the medications and therapies do is deal with the symptoms of the condition. There are numerous types of medications -- some of which are prescribed while others are bought over the counter.

Given the seriousness of the condition, it is important that to seek the advice of qualified medical practitioners before taking over the counter medications. Some of the known over the counter medications used in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) drugs, which include ibuprofen and aspirin. These are recommended in cases where the individual is experiencing minor pains and aches. In addition, these medications are useful for conditions like rigidity, stiffness and immobility.

However, there are instances when Parkinson’s over the counter medications should not be used for taking care of the pain and aches. At certain times, the doctor may suggest changes in the medications that the patient is taking, the dosage, the method in which the medication is taken and the duration between dosages.

Some of the over the counter medications that you may come across fall in the class called Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOi). These drugs inhibit the action of monoamine oxidase that inactivates brain chemicals like dopamine. Falling in this class are rasagiline and selegiline, which are useful in the disease’s initial stages. They are useful in slowing down the development of the diseases symptoms. These drugs may have adverse side effects, especially when they are taken with particular medicines like anti-depressants and cough medicines. In addition, they can produce ill effects if the individual is taking foods that have too much tyramine, such as is found in fermented foods.

Another class of over the counter medication is anti-cholinergics.  These drugs are known to cause a reduction in the action of a brain chemical acetylcholine. Parkinson’s disease occurs in instances where the levels (and activity) of acetylcholine is higher than that of dopamine. Acetylcholine is responsible for the contraction of muscles while dopamine causes the reverse action. These drugs increase the activity of dopamine in the brain. These drugs do have some side effects and therefore should only be taken under the directions of qualified medical experts.