Happy New Year! I am back at it. I don't know about you but I have to take medication to manage my symptoms enough so that I can function, and with medications come side effects. One class of medications used in the management of Parkinson's Disease has some pretty complex and potentially upsetting side effects, Dopamine Agonists. They act like dopamine in the brain and can cause patients to behave differently than they normally would. Not everyone will develop these side effects, for many of us they are a very beneficial treatment option. But I believe that by understanding the risks of taking these medications empowers us as patients and empowered patients have better outcomes!
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