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Medications for Parkinson's Disease: In a Nutshell (Nursing)

by Rhonda Lawes

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    00:01 Okay, so in a nutshell, let's wrap this up that Parkinson's is a progressive disease.

    00:06 Neurons in the substantia nigra supply dopamine to the striatum.

    00:10 In Parkinson's disease the neurons in the substantia nigra are damaged and they can't supply dopamine adequately that's why we end up with the imbalance.

    00:19 The imbalance in the neurotransmitter’s acetylcholine and dopamine in the brain causes a decline in the patient's ability to control their movement.

    00:27 We don't have any cure for the motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease.

    00:31 Our goal is just to improve their motor control and their quality of life.

    00:35 Now, there are 6 type of medications that are currently used to treat Parkinson's disease.

    00:39 We've got those listed for you there.

    00:42 Remember we start off with something for mild symptoms with MAO-B then if they get more severe, we'll use levodopa and levodopa with carbidopa.

    00:51 Now drugs are selected based on the severity of symptoms and the impact on the patient's daily life.

    00:56 Thank you for watching our video today.


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    The lecture Medications for Parkinson's Disease: In a Nutshell (Nursing) by Rhonda Lawes is from the course Central Nervous System (CNS) Medications (Nursing).


    Included Quiz Questions

    1. There is no cure for the motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease.
    2. Neurons of the striatum release dopamine.
    3. Treatment drugs are selected based on the client's age and gender.
    4. Treatment goals are to reverse motor control deficits.

    Author of lecture Medications for Parkinson's Disease: In a Nutshell (Nursing)

     Rhonda Lawes

    Rhonda Lawes


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