Standard Article

Parkinsonism Treatment

  1. Jana Hennemann1,
  2. Wolfgang Schatton2,
  3. Ralf H. Lyssy3

Published Online: 15 JUL 2008

DOI: 10.1002/14356007.a19_001.pub2

Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry

Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry

How to Cite

Hennemann, J., Schatton, W. and Lyssy, R. H. 2008. Parkinsonism Treatment. Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry. .

Author Information

  1. 1

    Kirchberg, Germany

  2. 2

    KliniPharm, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

  3. 3

    Institut für Pharmazeutische Chemie, J. W. Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JUL 2008

Chemistry Terms

Choose one or more boxes to highlight terms.


The article contains sections titles:

2.Therapy of Parkinson's Disease
2.1.Centrally Acting Anticholinergic Drugs
2.1.1.Tropane Alkaloids
2.1.2.Piperidine Derivatives
2.1.3.Phenothiazine Derivatives
2.2.Drugs Affecting Brain Dopamine Levels
2.2.1.Drugs That Increase Brain Dopamine Levels Monotherapy Decarboxylase Inhibitors Derivatives Oxidase Inhibitors Inhibitors Reuptake Inhibitors
2.2.2.Dopamine-Releasing Drugs Release Release by Glutamate Antagonists
2.2.3.Dopamine Receptor Agonists
3.New Developments

Pharmacological treatment of Parkinson's Disease (PD) has made remarkable progress over the past 50 years and can lead to significant improvement in the quality of life of PD patients. However, for some patients pharmacological therapy can be ineffective at alleviating PD symptoms. Furthermore, long-term usage of drugs, especially the gold standard levodopa, can lead to complications. Alternative nondrug therapies have been developed to avoid these difficulties. Transplantation of embryonic tissue did not meet the high expectations resulting from the first open label trials. Different procedures such as implantation of retinal epithelial cells or gene therapy are currently still part of clinical testing. Overall, a balanced application of the available therapies can improve PD symptoms for 15–25 years and guarantee a good to satisfactory quality of life and significantly increase the life expectancy of PD patients.