What is Levodopa-Benserazide?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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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.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Patients with evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
68 29
10 3
3 3
3 1
2 0
2 0

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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

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Severe
2
Moderate
11
Mild
5
None
19

Dosages

Most common dosages (by patients currently taking Levodopa-Benserazide)
Dosage Patients
62.5mg as needed 3
62.5 mg daily 4
100 mg daily 5
125 mg daily 8
250 mg daily 5
300 mg daily 5
375 mg daily 4
400 mg daily 5
500 mg daily 9
750 mg daily 5
Why Patients Stopped Taking Levodopa-Benserazide (multiple reasons could be selected)
Reason Patients
Other 7
Doctor's advice 6
Did not seem to work 2
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 2
3-6 months 0
6 months-1 year 2
1-2 years 4
2 years or more 34
Stopped Taking Levodopa-Benserazide
Duration Patients
0-1 month 1
1-3 months 3
3-6 months 2
6 months-1 year 4
1-2 years 6
2 years or more 4
Adherence
Always
30 81%
Usually
5 14%
Sometimes
1 3%
Never
1 3%
Burden
Very
1 3%
Somewhat
3 8%
A little
13 35%
Not at all
20 54%
Cost
$200+
2 12%
$100-199
0 0%
$50-99
2 12%
$25-49
3 18%
< $25
10 59%
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5 patient evaluations for Levodopa-Benserazide

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
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asb
Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 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

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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: < $25 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: < $25 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: < $25 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: < $25 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: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Tiredness, Dyskinesia, Depressed mood

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