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I was put on Nortryptoline for headaches - only 40 mg.  after 2 mos I started to develop slight tremors - mostly left side then started throughout body along with some other "parkinson's" like symtoms.  The medicine did not help headaches at all either so my Doctor weened me off.  The tremors have not stopped (2 wks).  I now realize the this medicine is on a list of drugs that can produce parkinsons like symptoms.  I have read that these symptoms usually resolve (60% of patients) but can take two months - but some others it can take two yrs and others it does not at all (they are thought that the would have had Parkinsons anyway and the drug just accelerated it).  My question is 1) what is your experience / knowledge on drugs that induce these symptoms - how long did it take to resolve 2) is there anything the patient can do to help the brain recover (non-drup related)?  Thank you for your time!

Hi Karen,
There are several drugs with the potential sid effect of causing Parkinson symptoms. The devlopment of this side effect is not predictable and how long it would last is also not predictable. It is very individual. Most patients do recover but again, the time frame is not predictable.
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Eric Brandt, B.Sc. Pharm  


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