Inhaled medication for Parkinson’s disease may improve symptom management

Inhaled medication for Parkinson’s disease may improve symptom management

An inhaled version of a Parkinson’s disease drug may better help manage symptoms related to the progressive neurological disorder. The drug known as levodopa may help alleviate symptoms in between pill dosages.

Levodopa is prescribed to help combat tremors, rigidity, and balance problems which are associated with Parkinson’s disease.

Lead researcher Michael Lipp explained, “Off periods are considered one of the greatest unmet medical needs in the treatment of Parkinson’s, and typically increase in frequency during the course of the disease.”

Inhaled levodopa can be used alongside the pill form of the drug which currently about 70 percent of Parkinson’s disease patients take.

Lipp added, “We’re studying inhaled levodopa to determine the extent to which it can restore motor function when used as people begin to experience off periods. Off periods can be hugely disruptive to the lives of people with Parkinson’s and their families. Inhaled levodopa has the potential to help people with Parkinson’s minimize these disruptions.”

Larger studies are required in order to prove effectiveness of the pill combined with the inhaled version of levodopa before it can be rolled out as treatment for the masses. So far in smaller trials the results are positive.


Author Bio

Mohan Garikiparithi got his degree in medicine from Osmania University (University of Health Sciences). He practiced clinical medicine for over a decade before he shifted his focus to the field of health communications. During his active practice he served as the head of the Dept. of Microbiology in a diagnostic centre in India. On a three-year communications program in Germany, Mohan developed a keen interest in German Medicine (Homoeopathy), and other alternative systems of medicine. He now advocates treating different medical conditions without the use of traditional drugs. An ardent squash player, Mohan believes in the importance of fitness and wellness.

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