Q: What is Parkinson’s disease, and how can this affect me?
A: Parkinson’s disease is caused due to age-related death of nerve cells in the brain that secrete Dopamine. Decreased levels of Dopamine in the brain will cause problems with movement, loss of coordinated actions, and loss of control over some functions. Unintentional tremors, slow movement, loss of balance, and stiffness are the main symptoms. Parkinson’s disease may not be curable. Still, the symptoms can be controlled, and the patient can lead an ordinary life if he or she takes medicines regularly and exercises caution and is monitored effectively.
Q: What else should I know before starting Cabergoline?
A: Cabergoline can lower your blood pressure (especially when you suddenly stand up or sit down), most commonly in the first few days. You need not stop the treatment, but consulting your doctor is necessary. Long-term therapy with Cabergoline can cause side effects and should be monitored carefully. Regular testing of the functions of your heart, lungs, kidneys, and blood are required. Cabergoline can cause specific behavioral side effects such as urge or impulse to gamble, spend money, eat, increased sexual drive, etc. (impulse control disorders). If you experience such side effects, inform your doctor promptly, as he/ she may stop your treatment.