Drug already being prescribed can slow or stop Parkinson's progress

A drug used to treat enlarged prostates may be a powerful medicine against Parkinson’s disease, according to an international team of scientists

Terazosin helps ease benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) by relaxing the muscles of the bladder and prostate.

But researchers believe it has another beneficial action, on brain cells damaged by Parkinson’s.

They say the drug might slow Parkinson’s progression - something that is not possible currently.

They studied thousands of patients with both BPH and Parkinson’s.
Their findings, published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, suggest the alpha-blocker drug protects brain cells from destruction.

Parkinson’s is a progressive condition affecting the brain, for which there is currently no cure.

Ref. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-49713407

Hi @frosty,

Thanks for sharing this information on the forum. We’ve also shared the news on our website which you can find here - https://www.parkinsons.org.uk/news/prostate-drug-shows-promise-parkinsons. The prostate drug now needs to be tested in clinical trials to see if it alters the progression of Parkinson’s, clinical trials are currently being planned in the US.

Professor David Dexter, Deputy Director of Research at Parkinson’s UK has also commented on these exciting results which you can read via the link above. You can find out more about drug repurpsosing means and take a look at some of the drugs in the clinical trials for Parkinson’s, here: https://medium.com/parkinsons-uk/trials-to-treatments-repurposed-drugs-ce76082e7330.

Best wishes,

I will look forward to something coming of that