HealthDay - Experimental Gel May Help Those with Advanced Parkinson's

 – April 18, 2012  –– 

A gel form of two common Parkinson's drugs delivered via a feeding tube-like device may help people with advanced disease reduce medication side effects and possibly avoid brain surgery. The new gel is infused through a portable pump connected to a gastric tube that feeds the small intestine. "Pills have a shorter half-life, but delivering the medication via gel allows for more continuous delivery and repairs the brain levels in a more normal way," said study author Dr. C. Warren Olanow, a professor of neurology and neuroscience at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, in New York City. As a result, "you have less 'off' time and less dyskinesia," he added.
- Dr. C. Warren Olanow, Professor, Neurology and Neuroscience, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
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