Parkinson's disease is a progressive nervous system disorder that hampers regular movements.
Low dopamine level is the leading cause of Parkinson’s disease. The nerve cells in the substantia nigra (a specific area in the brain) that produce dopamine are affected in Parkinson disease. This is a chronic progressive disorder, as this incurable disease gets worse over time. Proper treatment can only reduce symptoms. The risk of Parkinson’s disease is considered to be high in men. People with rapid eye movement sleep behavior disorder are at greater risk for Parkinson’s disease.
Symptoms of Parkinson’s disease develop gradually and are often unnoticed.
It is difficult to diagnose Parkinson’s disease, as there isn’t any specific test for it. A medical practitioner diagnoses the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease based on the patient’s medical history and neurological examinations.
How does Carbidopa/ Levodopa therapy work?
DOPA decarboxylase enzyme converts Levodopa to dopamine and carbidopa allows more of it to reach the brain. Consult a medical practitioner in order to lower the risk of side effects and harmful drug interactions.
The number of people with Parkinson’s disease is increasing worldwide. In USA, around 60000 cases of Parkinson’s disease are reported every year. The treatment cost comes around $2,500 to $10,000.