Parkinson Disease Therapies and Drugs

  • Rodolphe HajjEmail author


Two centuries after its first description, Parkinson’s is still classified among the diseases with serious unmet medical needs. Despite the approval of several symptomatic drugs for its management, Parkinson disease progression is today unavoidable. Life expectancies vary considerably between patients and principally depend on the occurrence of secondary incidents during life, as the disease is not deadly by itself. Besides supportive therapies and neurosurgeries, drug therapies for Parkinson disease consist in six general families: l-Dopa, decarboxylase inhibitors, catechol-O-methyltransferase inhibitors, monoamine oxidase inhibitors, dopamine agonists and other non-dopaminergic therapies. The choice between these treatments depends on the patient’s lifestyle and the age of onset of the disease, but the final decision is made collaboratively by the physician and the patient. Nevertheless, l-Dopa is still the most widely prescribed medication. In this chapter, I will summarize the currently established pharmacotherapy for Parkinson disease, describe the common treatment strategies and give few examples of drugs that are still ongoing research and development. Finally, I will focus on combination therapy as the next generation and necessary option for the treatment and cure of this debilitating disease.


Parkinson disease Parkinson therapy Parkinson drugs Drug repurposing Drug combinations 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Experimental Biology and PharmacologyPharnextIssy-Les-MoulineauxFrance

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