This activity is supported by educational grant from: Supernus and Accorda Therapeutics
This session will discuss the diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease, including differential diagnosis and testing. It will provide an overview of the non-motor features, as well as the motor fluctuations of the disease. The course will take the medical professional on a journey that discusses the disease and its stages. The presentation will also mention the patient’s and caregiver’s treatment journey through the progression of the illness.
Off episodes continue to occur and affect daily activities despite adjustments to oral levodopa regimens and polypharmacy. Gastric dysmotility and variable intestinal absorption can delay clinical benefit of levodopa doses. Novel administration of dopaminergic therapies that bypass gastrointestinal delivery can be used as needed when off episodes occur to restore symptom benefit.
This educational presentation will discuss the issues surrounding long term management of patients receiving Parkinson’s Disease treatments that impact motor fluctuations and Dyskinesia. By completing this session, the learner will understand how to identify “Off” episodes and employe strategies to adjust or change medication to mitigate the “Off” episode effects. The learner will also be able to describe Dyskinesia and learn treatment strategies that will result in improvement of quality of life for the patients that they serve.