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 as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 2
Moderate 16
Mild 8
None 29

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Levodopa-Benserazide

Side effect Patients
Constipation 4
Tiredness 4
Nausea 3
Depressed mood 2
Dyskinesia 2
Apathy 1

Show all 35 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Levodopa-Benserazide

Dosage Patients
100 mg daily 2
100 mg three times daily 2
400 mg daily 2
1 tablet(s) daily 1
2 capsule(s) daily 1
1 capsule(s) three times daily 1
1 mg four times daily 1
5 capsule(s) daily 1
3 capsule(s) three times daily 1
25 mg daily 1

See all 31 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Levodopa-Benserazide

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 8
Other 8
Did not seem to work 3
Personal research 2
Change in health plan coverage 1
Side effects too severe 1
See all 21 patients who’ve stopped taking Levodopa-Benserazide

Duration

Currently taking Levodopa-Benserazide

Duration Patients
3-6 months 1
6 months-1 year 5
1-2 years 6
2 years or more 20

Stopped taking Levodopa-Benserazide

Duration Patients
1-3 months 3
3-6 months 1
6 months-1 year 5
1-2 years 6
2 years or more 8

Adherence


Always
Patients
44
80%
Usually
Patients
10
18%
Sometimes
Patients
1
2%
Never taken as prescribed
Patients
0
0%

Burden


Very hard to take
Patients
0
0%
Somewhat hard to take
Patients
8
15%
A little hard to take
Patients
13
24%
Not at all hard to take
Patients
34
62%

Cost per month


Cost per month
$200+
Patients
2
4%
Cost per month
$100-199
Patients
1
2%
Cost per month
$50-99
Patients
2
4%
Cost per month
$25-49
Patients
2
4%
Cost per month
< $25
Patients
18
33%
Cost per month
Not specified
Patients
30
55%

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Levodopa-Benserazide after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Levodopa-Benserazide (Madopar) 2
Carbidopa-Levodopa (Sinemet) 1
Carbidopa-Levodopa CR (Sinemet CR) 1
Ropinirole (Requip) 1

Patients stopped taking Levodopa-Benserazide and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Levodopa-Benserazide (Madopar) 2
Carbidopa-Entacapone-Levodopa (Stalevo) 1
Carbidopa-Levodopa (Sinemet) 1
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6 patient evaluations for Levodopa-Benserazide

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rmabey
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rmabey
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
On
Mouth/throat: mild
Arms: mild
Chest: mild
Legs: mild
I am: g
I have:
Parkinson's

See rmabey's full Levodopa-Benserazide history

Apr 15, 2015 (Started Apr 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 800 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I had DBS surgery in February 2014. Professor David Williams effectively programmed my Neural Stimulator in April 2015. I now take 350 mg of Carbidopa/Levadopa per day.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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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

See cosar's full Levodopa-Benserazide history

Jul 26, 2012 (Started Jan 25, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Other)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
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)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Other)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
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

See asb's full Levodopa-Benserazide history

Jun 6, 2010 (Started Sep 27, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 500 mg Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Nov 9, 2009 (Started Sep 27, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 625 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 14, 2008 (Started Sep 27, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 500 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: results have varied a lot; the dose has been upped several times over 3 years
Cost: < $25 monthly

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