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Isradipine, a blood pressure medication, has been found to slow and possibly even stop the progression of the fatal Parkinson’s disease.

Professor D. James Surmeier, the lead Northwestern University team researcher, claims Isradipine rejuvenates aging dopamine cells. It is the aging dopamine cells that causes brain cells to die, which result in the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.

The drug appears to protect dopamine neurons from death by blocking toxins. The medication can also be used to prevent Parkinson’s disease in those genetically predisposed to the disease. The disease effects more than 1 million people in the U.S. and is the second leading brain disease.

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  • beatrice gruss June 26, 2007, 1:40 pm

    I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s some 6 months ago, and am very interested in trying Isradipine before my syptoms progress. My neurologist is with the motions dissorders center of Emory University and has never mentioned this drug to me. How can I become part of the group the drug is being tested on?

  • admin June 26, 2007, 8:05 pm

    Hi Beatrice,

    Please check out this post. It is a government site will have information on active test, if any, in your area.


  • Steve Moon October 24, 2007, 5:02 am

    You can test it on your own, if your MD will write you a prescription. It’s available at Walgreens and other drug stores, around $100 per 30 CR pills.