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What does it mean when someone with Parkinson's has on and off times?

People with Parkinson's disease can have "on" and "off" times. When people are "on," that means the medicines they are taking are working and they are able to do the things they want. When people are "off," that means their symptoms may be more troublesome. At some times during the day, the medicines may not work so well, so the symptoms come back.

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