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.
Monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors and Levodopa should not be given concomitantly; known hypersensitivity.
The usual initial dosage is 0.5 g to 1 g daily, divided into two or more doses with food.
It comes as a tablet and capsule to take by mouth, with food.
• 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.
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.
Avoid excess dosage.
Store it at room temperature, away from direct sunlight and excess heat and moisture.
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