Parkinson Medication Record Sheet

Parkinsonism is the disease of the brain. It is graded clinically as a syndrome because it involves a number of symptoms and signs owing to the pathology in the brain. Parkinson’s disease is considered as the syndrome with its clinical symptoms showing in a classic triad of Bradykinesia, tremors, and rigidity.

Clinical Features of Parkinson’s disease

Parkinson’s disease is very well known for its symptoms and is classically diagnosed on the basis of signs and symptoms.

  • Tremors

Tremor is the most common symptom of the disease. The disease typically shows resting tremors in which the patient shows tremors in the limbs at the time of resting arms. They are visible when the patient rests his arms on his lap or lies on the bed. Resting tremors are sometimes termed as Parkinson’s tremors.

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  • Hypokinesia

Hypokinesia and Bradykinesia is another sign of Parkinson’s disease. Bradykinesia is the slowness in the movement and hypokinesia is the decrease in the amount of spontaneous movement. They occur as a result of pathological changes in the basal ganglia of the brain.

  • Postural instability

Due to tremors and Bradykinesia, postural instability naturally appears in Parkinsonism’s patients. This leads to frequent falls of the patient of Parkinsonism.

  • Rigidity

Muscle tone is increased abnormally and patient show stiffness and rigidity in the joints. Typical name used for Parkinsonism is “cogwheel rigidity”

Causes of Parkinsonism

  1. Some medications are known to cause the disease in about 7% of cases of Parkinsonism. Antipsychotic drugs, lithium, and tetrabenazine are notorious for causing Parkinsonism. The incidence of disease increases if the drug taking individual has reached old age.
  2. Certain toxins are also responsible for causing pathology in the basal ganglia and result in Parkinsonism. Chronic and excessive manganese is also known to be one of the causes of the disease.
  3. Infectious agents like HIV/AIDs, Encephalitis lethargica also cause the symptoms of Parkinsonism.
  4. Direct injury to the brain for example during boxing results in chronic traumatic encephalopathy. It is also called as boxer’s dementia.
  5. Some vascular injuries or diseases of the brain also result in the manifestation of Parkinsonism.

Treatment of Parkinsonism

Multi-disciplinary approach and broad-based approach is required for the management of Parkinsonism. The management begins with counseling of the family about the disease disclosure, manifestations, and treatment options. The aim is to improve the quality of life as well as the gradual recovery of symptoms with the passage of time. Medications are definitely used in the treatment supported by physiotherapy and certain other disciplines are also involved. Levodopa is the drug of choice supported by other drugs like MAO inhibitors.

Parkinsonism medication log

Treatment of Parkinsonism takes long and needs a regular administration with proper dose. This is only possible if a tracking chart or medication log is maintained by the caregivers. Sometimes the dose of the drug has to be tapered off which again needs a record. Parkinsonism medication log works on the same principles as other medication logs in which the date and time of drug are mentioned along with proper dose and any effects if visible.

Parkinson medication log template

Simi Karton

Dr. Simi Karton is a regular contributor to National Science Quarterly and an enthusiastic Lakers fan. She recently collaborated on a manuscript with friends and colleagues. Dr. Simi Karton, entitled Parkinsons and the Genetic Response to Eastern Medicine, in which she and Dr. Inshal presented research compiled during a summer spent in United States. She currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband. This website is a voluntary work of Dr. Karton to provide people with useful health related information stuff at an easy approach. The information has been collected from different sources at one place.

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