There have been rapid and remarkable changes over the recent past in treating Parkinson's disease. The development of new drugs and an understanding of how best to use them and the older drugs have significantly improved the quality of life of people with the disease.
There are two general approaches to the treatment of Parkinson's disease with medication. The first approach attempts to increase the levels of dopamine in the brain and the second approach attempts to improve the symptoms of Parkinson's disease by other means.
Most patients with Parkinson's disease can initially be treated with drugs that adequately alleviate their symptoms. If or when medications are not sufficiently effective, new, highly effective and safe surgical treatments are also available.