How to Manage Your Medications for Parkinson’s Disease

By Michele Tagliati, Gary Guten, Jo Horne, Deborah W. Brooks

Part of Parkinson’s Disease For Dummies Cheat Sheet

If you have Parkinson’s disease, you most likely manage some symptoms with medication. Managing your Parkinson’s medications can be a challenge in itself, but the tips in the following list can help you stay on top of things:

  • Carry a complete list of current prescription (Rx) and over-the-counter (OTC) medications. Give a copy to your care partner as well.

  • Tell all doctors of allergies or other problems.

  • Ask the doctor:

    • Name of medicine

    • Purpose

    • Dosing schedule (how much, how often)

    • How to take and how long to take

    • Side effects

  • Ask the pharmacist to:

    • Check new Rx with your current Rx and OTC meds for possible interaction

    • Print label in large print

    • Provide easy-to-open cap

    • Explain how to take med

  • At home:

    • Add new med to list of meds you carry with you

    • Read and file information print-out

    • Take med exactly as prescribed