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    Levodopa + Benserazide

    Information about Levodopa + Benserazide

    Levodopa + benserazide uses

    Levodopa+Benserazide is used in the treatment of Parkinson's disease.

    How levodopa + benserazide works

    This is a combination of two medicines: Levodopa and Benserazide which treat Parkinsonism. Levodopa is a dopamine precursor which gets converted to dopamine, a chemical messenger that controls movement in the brain. Benserazide is a peripheral decarboxylase inhibitor which prevents breakdown of levodopa allowing it to enter the brain and increase dopamine levels.

    Common side effects of levodopa + benserazide

    Nausea, Vomiting, Dryness in mouth, Constipation, Anxiety, Dizziness, Headache, Abnormal dreams, Insomnia (difficulty in sleeping), Orthostatic hypotension (sudden lowering of blood pressure on standing), Abnormality of voluntary movements

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    Expert advice for Levodopa + Benserazide

    • You have been prescribed Levodopa + Benserazide to treat your symptoms of Parkinson's disease.
    • It can be taken with or without food or as directed by your doctor.
    • Reduce/avoid a high-protein diet (eg.meat, poultry, and dairy products) while you are taking the medicine as it can reduce the amount of medication absorbed by your body.
    • Use caution while driving or doing anything that requires concentration as Levodopa + Benserazide can make you very sleepy.
    • When you start the medication, get out of bed slowly, as the medication may cause dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting.
    • Do not stop taking the medication without talking to your doctor. It may result in a serious syndrome that causes fever, stiff muscles, unusual body movements, sweating and confusion.
    • Talk to your doctor in case you develop hallucinations or other changes in your behavior.

    Content on this page was last updated on 22 May, 2018, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)