I am not a doctor, nor do I have any form of medical training. However! I do have a lot of experience on this subject! I was prescribed a single medication, back in 1992, when I was first diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. That was the only medication I took for ten years. I now no longer need to take any Pd medication at all. This is unheard of! At least, I don't know of anybody else having had this experience!
Let me say that we are not all alike, nor do we all react the same to any medication. DON'T let anybody tell you that it won't work for you! It took 10 years for my symptoms to improve to the point that I no longer needed to take any more medication, so don't give up on it if you don't see any results within six months or even a year. I believe that this should be the first medication that patients need to take, before taking any other type.
MAO-b inhibitors do not need to be increased in dosage, as time goes by, unlike all the other types of medication.
MAO-b inhibitors don't mask any of the symptoms, which is what other medications do. If you are doing regular energetic exercise, combined with the MAO-b inhibitor, you should feel the symptoms improve, without having to falsely temporarily mask them. You should also be managing your stress levels, as they aggravate your symptoms. You must decide whether you want to allow stress to make your symptoms worse, or to take action to get rid of the causes of your stress.
MAO-b inhibitors help to increase the available dopamine in the brain, without having to take levodopa, which the brain converts into dopamine. Levodopa medications can cause serious side effects, which can, later on, be worse that the Pd.
MAO-b inhibitors can have at least one serious side effect, and that is raised blood pressure levels. This is because they cause the levels of tyramine to build up, as well as the dopamine. To avoid this problem, you might need to limit certain types of food, which are high in tyramine. For a list of these foods you can Google - tyramine, food.
There are three MAO-b medications available, Eldepryl, Azilect and Parkilyne. Parkyline is a generic and costs less than the others.