On time is when your oral levodopa/carbidopa medication is working well, your PD symptoms are at a minimum, and you are moving and able to go about your day.
Off time is when your oral levodopa/carbidopa medication isn’t working, your PD symptoms have re-emerged and are at or near their worst, and symptoms like stiffness (rigidity), freezing, shaking (tremor), or difficulty moving get in the way of your daily tasks.
Now that you understand that on time and off time are terms used to describe your PD symptoms—and how you feel—let’s see how well your current PD medication(s) is working for you or your loved one throughout the day.
HOW DO YOU FEEL WHEN YOU WAKE UP IN THE MORNING?
HOW DO YOU FEEL MID-MORNING?
HOW DO YOU FEEL IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DAY?
HOW DO YOU FEEL IN THE AFTERNOON?
HOW DO YOU FEEL IN THE EARLY EVENING?
HOW DO YOU FEEL WHEN YOU GO TO BED?
Here’s what a typical day looks like for you or your loved one with PD.