Caregiver Story: Psychosis

Meet Renee Calvin. She is the primary care partner for her husband Mike, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2011. However, two years ago Mike’s PD progressed in an unexpected way – he began seeing things that were not there and believing things that were not true. Learn more about Renee and Mike’s story.

Research Round Up: New Hope for Better Treating Psychosis

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Fernando Cubillos, MD, Director of Research Programs

While reviewing data from the Parkinson's Foundation Parkinson’s Outcomes Project a year ago, I noticed a participant whose quality of life went from pretty good to terrible, then back to pretty good. I wondered, “what happened here?” The answer: psychosis.

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Research Round Up

FDA Approves Nuplazid™ for Treatment of Psychosis in Parkinson’s

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Parkinson's Foundation

The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) alerts the community that pimavanserin (Nuplazid™) has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of hallucinations and delusions associated with Parkinson’s disease psychosis. The drug’s manufacturer, Acadia Pharmaceuticals Inc., announced the approval on April 29. Pimavanserin is the first drug indicated specifically to treat symptoms of psychosis in Parkinson’s.

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Science News

What's Hot in PD?: As a New Drug Gains FDA Approval for Parkinson’s Disease Psychosis (Nuplazid), Should We Fear Using it?

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Dr. Michael S. Okun

This week the FDA approved the drug Pimavanserin (Nuplazid) for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease psychosis. There has been a critical, unmet need for development of better drugs to address hallucinations and psychosis in the setting of Parkinson's disease. We have learned over many years that typical high potency neuroleptic antipsychotic drugs (e.g. Haldol, Olanzapine) may improve hallucinations but do so at the cost of worsening Parkinson’s disease motor symptoms (rigidity, slowness and walking) and are associated with an increased mortality.

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What's Hot in PD?

Parkinson’s Disease Psychosis: A Caregiver’s Story

Diane Sagen's husband, Jay, has Parkinson's disease and experiences hallucinations and delusions. In this video, Diane shares their experiences after Jay's diagnosis with what health care professionals call “Parkinson’s disease psychosis.”

For more information about hallucinations and delusions in Parkinson's disease, call our free Helpline at 1-800-473-4636 or visit the Psychosis page on Understanding Parkinson's.

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