Episode 6: New Levodopa Delivery Methods for Parkinson’s

More than 50 years after its discovery, levodopa is still the most effective treatment for Parkinson’s, but some people experience “off” periods or dyskinesias with oral medications. Dr. Mark Guttman describes new delivery methods that promise to help with some of these problems, especially for people who have had Parkinson’s for many years. For example, levodopa infusions directly into the gut are currently available, and skin patches and special pills that stay in the stomach and release drug over a period of time are in development.

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