and blogs are the Official Website for the books:  Parkinson's Treatment: 10 Secrets to a Happier Life and 10 Breakthrough Therapies for Parkinson's Disease.

Dr. Okun is the co-founder of the University of Florida Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration, the National Medical Director for the National Parkinson Foundation, as well as the author of several books including Ask the Expert about Parkinson's Disease, Lessons from the Bedside, 10 Breakthrough Therapies for Parkinson's Disease and Parkinson's Treatment: 10 Secrets to a Happier life due out in 2013.  His secrets book was translated into 20 languages so that it can be made available to Parkinson's disease sufferers around the world.  Dr. Okun has been recently been honored at the White House as a Champion of Change for Parkinson's Disease. Dr. Okun has been published in journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine and people travel from around the world to seek his opinion on best treatment approaches for this disease.

Treat Bothersome Parkinson's Disease Hallucinations

If you have hallucinations and psychosis in the setting of Parkinson’s disease and it is bothersome to you or to your family members here are a few useful tips:

  • Check for a urinary tract infection
  • Make sure there is no pneumonia or other infection
  • Medications may be the cause especially pain medications, muscle relaxants, and benzodiazepines 
  • Temporary reduction in Parkinson’s treatment medication dosages may help but may also worsen Parkinson symptoms
  • In some cases stopping anticholinergics (trihexyphenidyl, artane, beztropine, benadryl), amantadine, MAO-B inhibitors (selegiline, rasagiline, zelapar, others), entacapone, and even dopamine agonists may be helpful
  • Small doses of sinemet or madopar can beused to try to gain control of the hallucinations/psychosis, as small doses may be less likely to result in hallucinations
  • Dopamine blocking medications such as seroquel (Quetiapine) or clozaril (Clozapine) are the best medications in Parkinson's disease
  • Other dopamine blockers such as haldol, resperidal, and olanzapine may worsen Parkinson’s symptoms and are rarely used
  • It is important to see the doctor immediately for treatment of hallucinations
  • In some cases the hallucinations are not bothersome and will not require treatment