What is L-Dopa?

Category: Supplements

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L-Dopa is a naturally occurring amino acid found in food and made from L-Tyrosine in the human body. L-DOPA is converted into dopamine in the brain and body. It is sold as a dietary supplement and as a prescription drug in the US.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Parkinson's disease 2 4
Depressed mood 1 1
Fears of physical illness 1 1
Major depressive disorder 1 1
Muscle rigidity 1 0
Muscle spasms 1 1

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 3
Moderate 1
Mild 2
None 1

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with L-Dopa

Side effect Patients
Headaches 1
Heart palpitations 1
Irritability 1
Jittery feeling 1
Low blood pressure 1
Nausea 1

Show all 8 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking L-Dopa

Dosage Patients
200 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking L-Dopa

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 2
See all 3 patients who've stopped taking L-Dopa

Duration

Currently taking L-Dopa

Duration Patients
1 - 2 years 1

Stopped taking L-Dopa

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 5
Usually 2
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 3
Somewhat hard to take 0
A little hard to take 2
Not at all hard to take 2
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 3
< $25 0
Not specified 2
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1 patient evaluation for L-Dopa

Apr 9, 2009 (Started Mar 27, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for muscle spasms)
  • Side effects
    Severe (heart palpitations, nightmares, stomach pain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 625 mg Daily
Side effects: heart palpitations, stomach pain, nightmares

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