Pharmacological Management of Parkinson’s

Lecture Description

The goal of pharmacological treatment in Parkinson’s disease (PD) is to improve motor symptoms while minimizing adverse effects. Managing the timing of medications with meals and daily activities can be a challenge. This session will help those with Parkinson’s and their families understand the safety, effectiveness, and research behind the prescription medicines, herbal products, and supplements used to treat Parkinson’s. Suggestions for successful management of a complex medication schedule will be reviewed. In addition, since patients may also be taking non-PD medications, information on other common medications will be addressed.

Learner Outcomes:
  • • Describe how to use prescription medicines for Parkinson’s safely and effectively.
  • • Discuss recommended herbals and supplements commonly recommended in managing Parkinson’s, along with potential interactions with traditional medications.
  • • Identify whether a medication side effect may be contributing to problems in an individual with Parkinson’s.

Amie Taggart Blaszczyk, Pharm.D., CGP, BCPS, FASCP

Financial Relationship: Received an honorarium and travel expenses for this lecture
Nonfinancial Relationship: None

Amie Taggart Blaszczyk, Pharm.D., CGP, BCPS, FASCP earned a Doctor of Pharmacy from Duquesne University before completing residencies in pharmacy practice and geriatric pharmacotherapy. An Associate Professor of Geriatric Pharmacy Practice and the Division Head of Geriatrics at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy in Dallas, she is the residency director for the ASHP-accredited PGY2 Geriatric Pharmacotherapy Residency Program.

Dr. Blaszczyk’s interests include neurodegenerative diseases affecting older individuals and senior education. She has authored 19 peer-reviewed journal publications and a chapter in Fundamentals of Geriatric Pharmacotherapy. She is also the President of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists’ Texas chapter. Blaszczyk serves on the editorial board of The Consultant Pharmacist and is an active member of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists.