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Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a disorder of the central nervous system. The signs and symptoms of PD can vary from person to person.
Parkinson’s is a progressive disease.
Parkinson's disease (PD) is known as a movement disorder because of the resting tremors, limb stiffness, impaired balance, and slow movement. These PD symptoms may be more well known, but they are different in everyone and usually develop gradually over time. This progression may happen for both motor and non-motor symptoms.
Facts about Parkinson’s disease
PARKINSON’S AFFECTS AN IMPORTANT BRAIN CHEMICAL
PD reduces the brain’s production of dopamine—a chemical that sends signals that control movement.
THE CAUSE IS UNKNOWN
The exact cause of PD is unknown, but several factors play a role, including genetics and environmental triggers (such as exposure to certain toxins).
There are 2 types of Parkinson’s symptoms:
Motor symptoms such as:
SLOWNESS OF MOVEMENT
TROUBLE WITH BALANCE
Non-motor symptoms such as:
ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION
LOSS OF MENTAL SHARPNESS/ACUITY
INSOMNIA, VIVID DREAMS, AND DAYTIME SLEEPINESS
CONSTIPATION AND IMPAIRED BLADDER CONTROL
DROOLING, IMPAIRED TASTE, AND SWALLOWING
SWEATING, BODY ACHES, AND GENERALIZED DISCOMFORT
HALLUCINATIONS AND DELUSIONS
NUPLAZID® (pimavanserin) is a prescription medicine used to treat hallucinations and delusions associated with Parkinson’s disease psychosis.
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