Dr. Rodgers: I was interested in your suggestion that Parkinson’s is not caused by a lack of dopamine but due to adrenaline, toxic and stress problems.Â Does this mean that I could stop taking Sinemet?
First let me emphasize I am not a medical doctor. You willÂ need to consult with your medical doctor about any changes in your medications or doses.Â Â Â
There can be serious consequences if youÂ stop taking your medications abruptly.Â TheÂ addictive properties to some medications for Parkinson’s make it particularly difficult – and even dangerous – to stop taking them cold turkey.Â Â Â
I have heardÂ sad reports fromÂ people who tried to go off of their medicationsÂ cold turkey. These reports say that peopleÂ have foundÂ themselves in the unfortunateÂ situation of having to go back on their medications at an even higher dose – sometimes twice as highÂ – whenÂ compared to theÂ doseÂ they were taking the dayÂ they tried to quit.Â Â
TheÂ decision to wean yourself off of your medications is a serious one. Be sure toÂ consult with your doctorÂ if youÂ considerÂ doing something like this. Some people are able toÂ successfully reduce the dose they take. In these cases the reduction isÂ gradual and, again,Â conducted only with the closeÂ supervision of theirÂ doctor.
Robert Rodgers, Ph.D.
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