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Currently, there are no treatments available to cure Parkinson’s disease or to completely halt its progression.

If you have an early, mild case of Parkinson’s disease, your doctor may recommend that you start your treatment program with only lifestyle changes, such as diet and exercise. As the disease progresses, your doctor may prescribe medication to:

  • Treat symptoms, such as rigidity and slowness
  • Offset the side effects of the drugs used to treat Parkinson’s disease, such as abnormal or hyperactive movements
  • Help you cope with other aspects of the disease, such as insomnia, inattentiveness, depression, or anxiety

Other treatments may be recommended if your symptoms begin to interfere with your daily functioning. Treatment options involve the following:

Lifestyle changes
Other treatments
Alternative and complementary therapies


NINDS Parkinson's disease information page. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke website. Available at: Updated June 2, 2016. Accessed June 16, 2016.

Parkinson disease. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: Updated September 11, 2016. Accessed October 4, 2016.

Parkinson disease. Merck Manual Professional Version website. Available at: Updated September 2015. Accessed June 16, 2016.

Parkinson's disease. American Association of Neurological Surgeons website. Available at: Accessed June 16, 2016.

Last reviewed June 2016 by Rimas Lukas, MD

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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