There is no actual proof that azilect actually does slow the progression of Parkinsons and it hasn't been used for very many years so I am trying to find someone who has taken it for several years. It is a gamble especially with the cost.
@Azilect was the first medication that I was prescribed 11 years ago and at that time I only had a tremor in my hand on one side. It did not stop my tremor. It my doctor kept me on it for the neural benefits and ability to slow the progression . I recently had DBS surgery and my doctor kept me on the @Azilect. I take 1 mg tablet once per day. My progression has been very slow over those 11 years and I can only assume that is why. It recently went to generic and I pay only $5.00.
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About Azilect, I think the problem is: it’s impossible to compare with something which doesn’t exists!That is: we know how we have been during the time we took it, but we have no way to know how we have been without taking it. More over, since every Parkie is different,we have no way to compare with others, either. I took it for 3 years right after my diagnosis and quit it a year ago after 2 doctors said there is no need to take it. I was feeling too disappointed to ask why. After quitting, I have not felt much difference in my symptoms.
When my neurologist prescribed Azilect, he did not say anything about slowing the progress of PD. It was mainly for symptoms. I have been on that for almost two years. Physical activity is encouraged since that does slow the progress. webmd.com is a good resource.
@CarlCreager I agree with @A MyParkinsonsTeam Member. Exercise, including a good physical therapist, is probably the only thing that helps with balance. There are lots of PD-specific exercise programs,Loud, Delay the Disease, Rock Steady Boxing, etc. Search for one or more that are in your area. Well worth it.
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