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.

Common symptoms reported by people with Parkinson's Disease

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with Parkinson's Disease

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Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)

(Sinemet)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
626
Tried for
Parkinson's Disease (623) Stiffness/Spasticity (19)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Azilect)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
284
Tried for
Parkinson's Disease (283) Stiffness/Spasticity (6)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Symmetrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
232
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Treatment name(s)

(Mirapex)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
206
Tried for
Parkinson's Disease (206)
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Treatment name(s)

(Requip)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
192
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Treatment name(s)

(Neupro Patch)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
149
Tried for
Parkinson's Disease (149) Stiffness/Spasticity (7)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Stalevo)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
102
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Treatment name(s)

(Subthalamic Nucleus Deep Brain Stimulation)
Type
Equipment
How many have tried
98
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Treatment name(s)

(Comtan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
93
Tried for
Parkinson's Disease (93)
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Treatment name(s)

(Rytary XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
64

Data from patients with Parkinson's Disease, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with Parkinson's Disease

You’ve tried
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
How many evaluations
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)

(Sinemet)
Perceived effectiveness
for Parkinson's Disease (463 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Dyskinesia 118 more
How many evaluations
469
Tried for
Parkinson's Disease (623) Stiffness/Spasticity (19)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Azilect)
Perceived effectiveness
for Parkinson's Disease (189 evaluations)
Side effects
Headaches Dizziness 53 more
How many evaluations
193
Tried for
Parkinson's Disease (283) Stiffness/Spasticity (6)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Symmetrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Parkinson's Disease (145 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Blurry vision 51 more
How many evaluations
157
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Treatment name(s)

(Mirapex)
Perceived effectiveness
for Parkinson's Disease (127 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Nausea 76 more
How many evaluations
130
Tried for
Parkinson's Disease (206)
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Treatment name(s)

(Requip)
Perceived effectiveness
for Parkinson's Disease (124 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Sleepiness 64 more
How many evaluations
126
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Treatment name(s)

(Neupro Patch)
Perceived effectiveness
for Parkinson's Disease (107 evaluations)
Side effects
Skin irritation under patch Nausea 48 more
How many evaluations
109
Tried for
Parkinson's Disease (149) Stiffness/Spasticity (7)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Stalevo)
Perceived effectiveness
for Parkinson's Disease (54 evaluations)
Side effects
Dyskinesia Nausea 23 more
How many evaluations
55
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Treatment name(s)

(Subthalamic Nucleus Deep Brain Stimulation)
Perceived effectiveness
for Parkinson's Disease (46 evaluations)
Side effects
Hospitalization Weight gain 22 more
How many evaluations
46
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Treatment name(s)

(Comtan)
Perceived effectiveness
for Parkinson's Disease (44 evaluations)
Side effects
Dyskinesia Loose stools 18 more
How many evaluations
46
Tried for
Parkinson's Disease (93)
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Treatment name(s)

(Rytary XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for Parkinson's Disease (82 evaluations)
Side effects
Dyskinesia Dystonia 17 more
How many evaluations
82

Data from patients with Parkinson's Disease, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has Parkinson's Disease on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 2
20s 52
30s 204
40s 743
50s 2,234
60s 3,887
70+ 3,263

Sex

Distribution of sex

47% Female
53% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 57
20-29 years 210
30-39 years 730
40-49 years 1,558
50-59 years 2,095
60-69 years 1,348
70+ years 364

Types
Condition Types Proportion # of patients
Drug-induced Parkinsonism 106
Inherited (genetic) Parkinson's disease 758
Parkinsonism (unknown cause) 1,994
Parkinson's disease 7,057
Vascular Parkinsonism 52
Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 7,295
Not Diagnosed 257

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