Levodopa

How It Works:

Levodopa works by being converted to dopamine, a chemical messenger that is needed to control movement in the brain.

Side Effects:

Vomiting, Nausea, Nervousness, Memory impairment, Confusion, Constipation, Diarrhoea, Dizziness, Dry mouth, Headache, Insomnia, Loss of appetite, Mood changes, Uncoordinated body movements, Nightmare

Used For:

Levodopa is used in the treatment of parkinson's disease (a disorder of the nervous system that causes difficulties with movement and balance)

Instructions:

  • If you are taking carbidopa with levodopa, do not take iron salts (eg, ferrous sulfate), within 2 hours before or a diet that is high in protein.
  • Avoid vitamin products that contain vitamin B6 (pyridoxine). This vitamin may reduce the effectiveness of levodopa.
  • Do not use levodopa, if you are allergic to levodopa or any other ingredient.
  • Do not use levodopa, if you have narrow-angle glaucoma; if you are suffering from malignant melanoma (a type of cancer); skin cancer or you have any unusual moles; severe mental disorder.
  • Do not take levodopa, if you have a history of fits (convulsions); heart problems or blood pressure problems; asthma or other lung problems; liver or kidney problems; blood or hormone (endocrine) problems; depression or any other psychiatric disorder; ulcer in your gut or have vomited blood or stomach or intestinal bleeding.
  • If you are undergoing any tests for urine glucose or urine ketones, levodopa may cause the results of some tests to be wrong.
  • Levodopa may cause drowsiness, dizziness, light-headedness or sudden sleep. Do not drive or use machinery while using it.
  • Do not take alcohol along with levodopa.

Frequently Ask Questions:

Q. Is levodopa a controlled substance/ a narcotic/ addictive/ lipid soluble/ a dopamine agonist/ a prodrug/ a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI)/ toxic/ an anticholinergic?
Levopoda is a lipid soluble prodrug that gets converted into dopamine when it crosses the blood brain barrier. It is not a dopamine agonist, controlled substance, narcotic, MAOI, toxic or anticholinergic. It may cause addiction in some patients

Q. Does levodopa work/ stop tremors?
Levodopa is used to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease which includes tremors (shaking), stiffness, and slowness of movement. It works in most patients if taken at recommended dosage and duration

Q. Does levodopa cause dyskinesia/ dementia/ accelerate Parkinson's disease/ get you high/stop cause constipation/ urine discoloration?
Levopoda may cause side effects such as constipation, a feeling of high in some patients

Q. Does levodopa help with balance?
As levodopa helps in controlling tremors,it can improve balancing in patients.
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