What is Levodopa-Benserazide?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most Popular Types: Madopar, Madopar dispersible, Prolopa, (Show all)

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Levodopa is the precursor molecule to dopamine, an important neurotransmitter implicated in the underlying cause of Parkinson's disease. Benserazide is an additive which allows the levodopa to continue circulating in the body for longer.

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

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Severe
2
Moderate
14
Mild
5
None
22

Commonly reported side effects, conditions, and hospitalizations associated with Levodopa-Benserazide

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2
2
Hospitalization 2
2
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Dosages

Most common dosages (by patients currently taking Levodopa-Benserazide)
Dosage Patients
125 mg daily 8
500 mg daily 8
400 mg daily 6
750 mg daily 6
100 mg daily 5
250 mg daily 5
300 mg daily 5
62.5 mg daily 4
375 mg daily 4
625 mg daily 4
Why Patients Stopped Taking Levodopa-Benserazide (multiple reasons could be selected)
Reason Patients
Other 7
Doctor's advice 5
Did not seem to work 3
Side effects too severe 2
Personal research 2
Change in health plan coverage 1
Not indicated 1
See all 18 patients who’ve stopped taking Levodopa-Benserazide

Duration

Currently Taking Levodopa-Benserazide
Duration Patients
0-1 month 0
1-3 months 1
3-6 months 1
6 months-1 year 3
1-2 years 5
2 years or more 24
Stopped Taking Levodopa-Benserazide
Duration Patients
0-1 month 1
1-3 months 3
3-6 months 1
6 months-1 year 4
1-2 years 6
2 years or more 5
Adherence
Always
34 79%
Usually
6 14%
Sometimes
1 2%
Never
2 5%
Burden
Very
1 2%
Somewhat
4 9%
A little
16 37%
Not at all
22 51%
Cost per month
$200+
2 11%
$100-199
1 5%
$50-99
2 11%
$25-49
3 16%
< $25
11 58%

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Levodopa-Benserazide after stopping:
Treatment name(s) Patients
Ropinirole (Requip, Requip XL, Requip Depot…) 1
Patients stopped taking Levodopa-Benserazide and switched to:
Treatment name(s) Patients
Apomorphine (Apokyn, Apomorphine Injection) 1
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6 patient evaluations for Levodopa-Benserazide

holmesa
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holmesa
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
On
Mouth/throat: none
Arms: mild
Chest: none
Legs: mild
I am: g
I have:
Parkinson's

See holmesa's full Levodopa-Benserazide history

Mar 4, 2015 (Started Apr 15, 2014)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Parkinson's Disease: None
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Never
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 2 tablet(s) Daily
Advice & Tips: Stopped taking it due to adverse reactions.

Jan 19, 2015 (Started Apr 15, 2014)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Parkinson's Disease: Moderate
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: A little
Dosage: 2 tablet(s) Daily
Advice & Tips: As I was having allergic reactions to 2 Madopar I decided to cut back to one tablet chewed 1st thing in the morning 30mins before the rest of my morning meds This is working well with no side effects to date.

Jan 10, 2015 (Started Apr 15, 2014)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Parkinson's Disease: Slight
  • Side Effects: Moderate
  • Adherence: Never
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 2 tablet(s) Daily
Advice & Tips: It is suggested that I chew the tablet before swallowing with plenty of liquid rather than dissolving in water & drinking.

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cosar
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cosar
Sex: M
Data Quality: 0 stars
On
Mouth/throat: none
Arms: mild
Chest: mild
Legs: mild
I am: b
I have:
Parkinson's

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Jul 26, 2012 (Started Jan 25, 2005)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Other: Moderate
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 375 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Need to know risks on levodopa long term use.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Aug 25, 2011 (Started Jan 25, 2005)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Other: Moderate
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 500 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: PD is a progressive illness. Really it is.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

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asb
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
On
Mouth/throat: none
Arms: mild
Chest: none
Legs: mild
I am: g
I have:
Parkinson's

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Jun 6, 2010 (Started Sep 27, 2006)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Parkinson's Disease: Major
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 500 mg Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Nov 9, 2009 (Started Sep 27, 2006)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Parkinson's Disease: Moderate
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 625 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 14, 2008 (Started Sep 27, 2006)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Parkinson's Disease: Moderate
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 500 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: results have varied a lot; the dose has been upped several times over 3 years
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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