Find Information About:

Drugs & Supplements

Get information and reviews on prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and supplements. Search by name or medical condition.

Pill Identifier

Pill Identifier

Having trouble identifying your pills?

Enter the shape, color, or imprint of your prescription or OTC drug. Our pill identification tool will display pictures that you can compare to your pill.

Get Started

My Medicine

Save your medicine, check interactions, sign up for FDA alerts, create family profiles and more.

Get Started

WebMD Health Experts and Community

Talk to health experts and other people like you in WebMD's Communities. It's a safe forum where you can create or participate in support groups and discussions about health topics that interest you.

  • Second Opinion

    Second Opinion

    Read expert perspectives on popular health topics.

  • Community


    Connect with people like you, and get expert guidance on living a healthy life.

Got a health question? Get answers provided by leading organizations, doctors, and experts.

Get Answers

Sign up to receive WebMD's award-winning content delivered to your inbox.

Sign Up


All communities will be placed in read-only mode (you will be able to see and search for posts but not start or reply to discussions) as we conduct maintenance. We will make another announcement when posting is re-opened. Thank you for your continued support and patience, and if you have any further questions, please email

Yours in health,
WebMD Community Management

New Blood Test for Parkinsons
Haylen_WebMD_Staff posted:
An experimental blood test for Parkinson's disease is more than 90% accurate in diagnosing the progressive disorder that affects movement and balance, according to its developers.

Click the link to read the full article.

Was this Helpful?
5 of 5 found this helpful
mynewbeginning responded:
I'm glad to know this type of research is being done. It sounds very promising.
granbaker responded:
This is the best news I have heard on PD. My symptons are very mild and now the neurologist is beginning to doubt that I have PD. He gave me some medication for "essential tremors" which is evidentally different than the PD tremors. I am taking requip and thought that it was doing very well with the PD symptoms. I would really like to know for sure if I do have PD. When is this test going to be available?
Haylen_WebMD_Staff replied to granbaker's response:
From the article:

"It sounds feasible and probably worth pursuing," says M. Flint Beal, MD, the Anne Parrish Titzell professor of neurology and neuroscience at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University. He also reviewed the findings. He is also developing an early blood test for Parkinson's disease that uses a different approach.

It sounds like the test has not been developed yet. I'm not sure how long it takes for a test to become standard but I would guess it is quite a while off!

curtainb replied to granbaker's response:
I am in the same boat as you. I have been told i have essential tremors and the solution was blood pressure medicine which I am hesitant in taking since my blood pressure is fine. My mother has parkinsons and I have alot of teh same early symptoms that she had but for now the dr says it is not parkinsons. I would be very interested in hearing about soem of your early sympotms to see how they compare to mine.

Helpful Tips

Sensory symptoms in Parkinson's DiseaseExpert
Sensory complaints in PD are not uncommon, and include visual changes, loss of sense of smell, restless legs syndrome (RLS), and pain. ... More
Was this Helpful?
65 of 81 found this helpful

Related Drug Reviews

  • Drug Name User Reviews

Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

For more information, visit the Duke Health Neurological Disorders Center