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What’s in Your Parkinson’s Medicine Cabinet? (Ask the MD Video)

Whether you or your loved one were diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD) two days or two decades ago, you likely wonder about medication: What are the options, what can and can’t medication do, what are the side effects and more.

As you may know, there are many medications for Parkinson’s. (Learn more.) At least a dozen new drugs gained approval since 2014 and more are continuously making their way to the market.

So, what should you know about available and upcoming PD medications? Watch my Ask the MD video for answers to this and other medication questions.

Or, if you want to watch the full video later, skip to sections for those:

One fact you don’t want to miss: Taking medication does not prevent you from volunteering for research. But those who are not yet on medication can make especially valuable contributions to studies of how disease changes over time, like MJFF’s Parkinson’s Progression Markers Initiative. To speak with the study team, call 877-525-PPMI or email

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