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

Side effects of Levodopa-Benserazide

Severe
2
Moderate
14
Mild
5
None
22

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

Patients
4
Patients
2
Patients
2
Patients
2
Patients
1
Patients
1

Show all 29 reported side effects

Dosages

Most common dosages (by patients currently taking Levodopa-Benserazide)
Dosage
125 mg daily
Patients
8
Dosage
500 mg daily
Patients
8
Dosage
400 mg daily
Patients
6
Dosage
750 mg daily
Patients
6
Dosage
100 mg daily
Patients
5
Dosage
250 mg daily
Patients
5
Dosage
300 mg daily
Patients
5
Dosage
62.5 mg daily
Patients
4
Dosage
625 mg daily
Patients
4
Dosage
62.5mg as needed
Patients
3

Dosages based on patients currently taking Levodopa-Benserazide.

Why Patients Stopped Taking Levodopa-Benserazide (multiple reasons could be selected)
Reason
Other
Patients
7
Reason
Doctor's advice
Patients
5
Reason
Did not seem to work
Patients
3
Reason
Side effects too severe
Patients
2
Reason
Personal research
Patients
2
Reason
Change in health plan coverage
Patients
1
Reason
Not indicated
Patients
1
See all 18 patients who’ve stopped taking Levodopa-Benserazide

Duration

Currently Taking Levodopa-Benserazide
Duration
Patients
Duration
0-1 month
Patients
0
Duration
1-3 months
Patients
0
Duration
3-6 months
Patients
1
Duration
6 months-1 year
Patients
1
Duration
1-2 years
Patients
3
Duration
2 years or more
Patients
23
Stopped Taking Levodopa-Benserazide
Duration
Patients
Duration
0-1 month
Patients
1
Duration
1-3 months
Patients
3
Duration
3-6 months
Patients
1
Duration
6 months-1 year
Patients
4
Duration
1-2 years
Patients
6
Duration
2 years or more
Patients
5

Adherence


Always
Patients
35
81%
Usually
Patients
6
14%
Sometimes
Patients
1
2%
Never
Patients
1
2%

Burden


Very
Patients
1
2%
Somewhat
Patients
4
9%
A little
Patients
14
33%
Not at all
Patients
24
56%

Cost per month


Cost per month
$200+
Patients
22
105%
Cost per month
$100-199
Patients
2
10%
Cost per month
$50-99
Patients
1
5%
Cost per month
$25-49
Patients
2
10%
Cost per month
< $25
Patients
2
10%
Cost per month
Not specified
Patients
14
67%

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Levodopa-Benserazide after stopping:
Treatment name(s)
Ropinirole (Requip, Requip XL, Requip Depot…)
Patients
1
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5 patient evaluations for Levodopa-Benserazide

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

See cosar's full Levodopa-Benserazide history

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: Not specified 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 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

See asb's full Levodopa-Benserazide history

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 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: Not specified 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: Not specified monthly

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juliaR
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juliaR
Sex: F
Data Quality: 1 star
On
Mouth/throat: mild
Arms: mild
Chest: mild
Legs: mild
I have:
Parkinson's

See juliaR's full Levodopa-Benserazide history

Jan 1, 2010 (Started Aug 06, 2000)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Parkinson's Disease: Major
  • Side Effects: Mild
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 525 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Integral to treatment regime. Monitor your progress and adjust your medication accordingly in conjunction with your neurologist. Report any concerns or side effects immediately. Easy-peasy treatment
Cost: Not specified monthly
Side effects: Tiredness, Dyskinesia, Depressed mood

Dec 31, 2009 (Started Aug 06, 2000)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Parkinson's Disease: Major
  • Side Effects: Mild
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 525 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I used to take 3/4-tablet as I was getting dyskinesia with a full 100mg. I have added Amantadine now and the dyskinesia has stopped and I now take a full tablet
Cost: Not specified monthly
Side effects: Tiredness, Dyskinesia, Depressed mood

Aug 18, 2009 (Started Aug 06, 2000)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Parkinson's Disease: Moderate
  • Side Effects: Mild
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 656.5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Take right dose, at right time, on time, every time
Cost: Not specified monthly
Side effects: Tiredness, Dyskinesia, Depressed mood

May 16, 2009 (Started Aug 06, 2000)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Parkinson's Disease: Major
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 500 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Know their individual help with this medication and keep it as low as possible BUT have a life
Cost: Not specified monthly
Side effects: Tiredness, Dyskinesia, Depressed mood

Apr 15, 2009 (Started Aug 06, 2000)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Parkinson's Disease: Major
  • Side Effects: Mild
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 500 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Utilise this treatment regime to give better QoL
Cost: Not specified monthly
Side effects: Tiredness, Dyskinesia, Depressed mood

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