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Nicotine may relieve symptoms of Parkinson's disease

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Two elderly patients with Parkinson's disease were treated with nicotine gum and patch. Reliable changes in symptomatology were noted, using a single-subject, placebo-control reversal design. Improvement was associated with active nicotine dosing and involved diminished tremor and disorganized thinking in one patient and diminished bradykinesia and increased energy in the other.

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Correspondence to Karl Olov Fagerström.

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Fagerström, K.O., Pomerleau, O., Giordani, B. et al. Nicotine may relieve symptoms of Parkinson's disease. Psychopharmacology 116, 117–119 (1994). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02244882

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Key words

  • Parkinson's disease
  • Treatment
  • Nicotine patch
  • Nicotine gum