Wean Off Medications

Question:

Lately, I have been contemplating the weaning of myself from my PD medications. Presently I take 100 mg of Levodopa Carbidopa 4 times daily and I take  Requip for  restless leg syndrome, five times daily.(The Levodopa is a fairly low dosage.)  I am also on  Azilect 1 mg 1x daily. This is the highly touted drug that is supposed to slow down PD.

Motivating me first and foremost to stop my meds, is that I do not like putting chemicals into my body and I have been taking Lev/Carb  for 12 years now. Secondly I have read that if you keep supplying your body with pill form dopamine, it relies on that, and it will not try to make dopamine on its own.

In the future, I would like to try and free my body of pill form chemicals, and  put my body back to work for itself. I know that this would have to be done gradually and carefully and working with a doctor under his/her  guidance. And it would involve lots of  work on my part. And I do remind myself  too, that it could be risky–and at this moment I am fending off symptoms quite well.

My neurologist he cautions me  saying that I am doing so well, why change anything? He says that first of all PD patients like myself, whose symptoms start with a tremor, tend to fare better than others. (And I am thankful for that). But mostly he stresses that MY MEDS are the biggest contributing factor for my  ‘wellness’, and that THEY are what is making the difference for me. So, no encouragement from him whatsoever.

I just wondered if,  in your work, with PD, Roger, have you ever encountered or heard of anyone else who has set out on a similar  journey : without meds and using alternative therapies, and whether they have been successful, or  not.  If so I would be interested in hearing their stories. And do you or your colleagues have any comments?

Thanx

Ms X

Response:

Your vision is clear about what you want to see happen with your medications. You have precisely what you need to manifest your heart’s desire: a clear vision, solid focus and unwavering determination. There will always be people who question your decision. This happens with any change you have decided to initiate.

You ask if there are any other people who have pursued a similar path. I know of many people on a path of reducing meditations and/or alternating their program in one way or another. Keep listening to my radio program! You will hear stories of people who are weaning themselves off medications that are no longer serving their best and highest good.

Please listen to my radio program interview with Pharmacist Randy Mentzer who gives a play by play description of how he helps people wean off of medications. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/parkinsons-recovery. The challenge of course is that side effects of certain medications can begin to be far worse than the symptoms the medications are formulated to help.

Randy tells me if a person is taking three medications, there is a good chance there are drug interactions and drug depletions. If a person is taking five, he says there is a 100% chance of drug interactions and/or depletions.

It takes a serious commitment on your part. And as you aptly point out, you have to work very closely with a doctor who supports your decision to wean off  medications. It is also important to acknowledge the role that supplements have in whatever decisions you make and whatever approach you pursue.

Robert Rodgers, Ph.D.
Parkinsons Recovery

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3 thoughts on “Wean Off Medications

  1. This is an interesting post. I had also been taking requip, alizect, and levadopa (stalevo instead of the Carbidopa). With the proper life
    style changes that Robert recommends on his site and from
    what I have gleaned through his various interviews, I have managed
    to wean myself off the some of these medications.

    Over a period of several weeks, I weaned myself completely off of
    requip and actually feel much better without it. I have much more
    energy because the requip would cause tiredness. After the requip, I
    weaned myself off of the Azilect over a period of two weeks.
    With the azilect, I experienced withdrawl symptoms, which
    completely disappeard within the 2 week period. I felt no
    deterioration after stopping the azilect, which means that it wasn’t
    releiving any of the symptoms. However, studies indicate that azilect may slow down the progression of
    Parkinson’s. However, significant life style changes can also have
    a tremendous effect on progression.

    The levadopa is a different story. It is the key medication for
    dealing with Parkinson’s symptoms. I think that lowering the doses
    will probably take an extended effort which will take extensive
    life style changes, including proper diet, exercise, and meditation.
    Reducing the levadopa will my next stage. It is possible!!

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