Parkinson's Disease

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What is Parkinson's Disease?

Parkinson's Disease is a progressive disorder of the nervous system marked by muscle tremors, muscle rigidity, decreased mobility, stooped posture, slow voluntary movements, and a mask-like facial expression.

What is it like to have Parkinson's Disease?

Common symptoms How bad it is What people are taking for it
Carbidopa-Levodopa CR, Carbidopa-Levodopa, Pramipexole
Mental Exercise, Donepezil, Rivastigmine
Carbidopa-Levodopa, Ropinirole, Rasagiline
Gabapentin, Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen
Zolpidem, Clonazepam, Trazodone
Citalopram, Escitalopram, Bupropion
Memantine, Galantamine, Lumosity
Methylphenidate, Modafinil, Armodafinil
Modafinil, Amantadine, Methylphenidate
Carbidopa-Levodopa, Nortriptyline, Gum Chewing
Polyethylene Glycol 3350, Stool Softener, Fiber supplement
Clonazepam, Alprazolam, Lorazepam
Carbidopa-Levodopa, Vardenafil, Tadalafil

What do patients take to treat Parkinson's Disease and its symptoms?

Treatments reported by members Perceived effectiveness Overall rating of side effects # of Evaluations

(Co-careldopa, Sinemet 25/100, Sinemet ER 50/200, Sinemet 25/250)


(Agilect, Azilect)


(Requip LP, Requip Prolib, Requip Depot, Requip XL)


(Premipex, Pexola, Teva pramipexole, Mirapexin)


(Amantrel, Mantadix, Mantidan, Amantix)


(Stalevo 75, Stalevo 100, Stalevo 50, Syncapone 100)


(CoQmax, Bio Organics CoQ10 Capules, Trader Joe's Co Enzyme Q10, Whole Foods CoQ10 Chewable Tablets)


(Carbilev, Syndopa CR, Apo-Levocarb CR, Half Sinemet CR)


(Subthalamic Nucleus Deep Brain Stimulation, Thalamic Deep Brain Stimulation, Pallidal Deep Brain Stimulation)


(Emsam, Xilopar, Deprenyl, Otrasel)


(Neupro Patch)


(Comtan, Comtess)


(Madopar Depot, Madopark Quick Mite, Prolopa HBS, Madopar)


(Trihexyphen, Broflex, Agitane, Benzhexol)


(Non-impact machines (biking, stairstepper, treadclimber), pushups, sitsups weights, Shapemaster toning table, Jogging / Personal Trainer / Circuit Training, Exercise (dancing, diving, and creating))


These charts show data from Parkinson's patients’ latest treatment evaluations
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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Who has Parkinson's Disease on PatientsLikeMe?

  • 8,480 patients have this condition
  • 50 new patients joined this month
  • 8,295 say Parkinson's is their primary condition

Age Proportion # of patients
<20 3
20s 57
30s 144
40s 589
50s 1,538
60s 2,360
70+ 1,605


Distribution of females vs. males

47% Females
53% Males
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 46
20-29 years 172
30-39 years 595
40-49 years 1,198
50-59 years 1,538
60-69 years 914
70+ years 259

Condition Types Proportion # of patients
Drug-induced Parkinsonism 81
Inherited (genetic) Parkinson's disease 440
Parkinsonism (unknown cause) 1,345
Parkinson's disease 4,451
Vascular Parkinsonism 38
Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 5,465
Not Diagnosed 190

These charts show data from Parkinson's patients who have completed their condition history
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