Levodopa - Drug Information

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General Information on Levodopa

Generic Name : Levodopa

Pronunciation : (lee voe doe' pa)

Latest prescription information about Levodopa. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y46.7 | Therapeutic Classification : Antiparkinson Agents

Why is Levodopa Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is an antiparkinson agent, relieves some symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, including tremors, stiffness, and slowness of movement. It also may improve your gait, posture, swallowing, speech, handwriting, vigor, alertness, and sense of well-being and may control excess salivation and seborrhoea (oily, crusty, scaly skin). Levodopa is also used to relieve bone pain caused by cancer and to control pain caused by shingles. 

When should Levodopa not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors and Larodopa should not be given concomitantly; known hypersensitivity.

Pregnancy Category

A B C D X

Category C :

Animal studies have shown adverse effects on the fetus and there are no appropriate studies in pregnant women, but potential benefits may allow the use of the drug in pregnant women despite the potential for risks.

What is the dosage of Levodopa?

The usual initial dosage is 0.5 g to 1 g daily, divided into two or more doses with food.

How should Levodopa be taken?

It comes as a tablet and capsule to take by mouth, with food.

What are the warnings and precautions for Levodopa?

• Caution should be exercised in patients with history of heart disease, liver or kidney disease, lung disease, endocrine disorders, seizure, mental illness, increased eye pressure, osteomalacia, ulcer, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
• It may cause dizziness or drowsiness, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.
• Monitor heart, liver and kidney function regularly while taking this medication.

What are the side effects of Levodopa?

  Gastrointestinal: Nausea, vomiting and loss of appetite.
  Central Nervous System: Decreased attention, memory loss, nervousness, abnormal dreams, sleeplessness, headaches, weakness, dark-colored sweat, increased sweating, fatigue, dizziness, lighteadedness, and faintness.
  Miscellaneous: Muscle spasms, palpitations and rapid heartbeat.

What are the other precautions for Levodopa?

Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions of Levodopa?

Store it at room temperature, away from direct sunlight and excess heat and moisture.


Schedule : H

Prescription drugs - Drugs to be sold only under the prescription of a Registered Medical Practitioner.

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