Medical Articles

  We've had a lot of people wondering about different kinds of medications and how to take them. This week, the Neuro Challenge staff would like to highlight our "Message from the Pharmacist, who has written this easy-to-read article on the drug combination of carbidopa and levodopa. Included is a short video featuring neurologist Dr. Dean Sutherland on the importance of medication for Parkinson's.  

For people who have a progressive disease like Parkinson's — an age-related neurological disorder that affects movement and balance — the little, daily challenges can add up to what feels like an insurmountable burden.

Most people diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease are treated with medications that act to produce or mimic dopamine in the brain. Dopamine is the chemical that helps neurons in the brain to communicate with each other. When it is radically reduced, as is the case in Parkinson’s, people can experience tremors, stiffness, difficulty moving and problems speaking, among other trying symptoms.

Patients often have questions about taking their medications with food or drinking alcohol while on medications. Hopefully this will answer some common questions about food/drug interactions. I will start with medications for Parkinson’s Disease and then cover some other common medications.

Constipation is a problem that many Parkinson’s patients have to deal with. There are a few things that I always recommend patients try for constipation before using a medication. Increasing water intake by a few cups a day and increasing activity level both seem to help in preventing and treating constipation