Parkinson's disease

Parkinson's disease

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive condition that affects a person’s control of their body movements. It is caused by a degeneration of the cells in the brain that produce a chemical known as dopamine. Dopamine enables us to have smooth, controlled movements.

The symptoms of Parkinson’s disease vary greatly from person to person, and usually change over time as the disease progresses. Common symptoms include tremor (shaking, trembling), slow movements and rigid muscles.

Although there is no cure for Parkinson’s disease, there are many treatments — including medicines, physical therapies and surgery — that can help to alleviate the symptoms.

Getting your Parkinson's medicines on time when you go into hospital or a care facility can be a challenge. NPS MedicineWise teamed with Parkinson's Australia to produce the Parkinson's Passport — a suite of resources to help remind health professionals and carers that you need your medicines on time, with other tips for your care.

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