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Brand Names: Larodopa

Generic Name: levodopa (Pronunciation: lee voe DOE pa)

What is levodopa (Larodopa)?

Levodopa is a medication used to treat Parkinson's disease. Parkinson's disease is associated with low levels of a chemical called dopamine (doe PA meen) in the brain. Levodopa is turned into dopamine in the body and therefore increases levels of this chemical.

Levodopa is used to treat the stiffness, tremors, spasms, and poor muscle control of Parkinson's disease. Levodopa is also used to treat these same muscular conditions when they are caused by drugs such as chlorpromazine (Thorazine), fluphenazine (Prolixin), perphenazine (Trilafon), and others.

Levodopa may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of levodopa (Larodopa)?

If you experience any of the following serious side effects, stop taking levodopa and seek emergency medical attention or contact your doctor immediately:

  • an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; or hives);
  • uncontrolled movements of a part of the body;
  • seizures;
  • persistent nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea;
  • an irregular heartbeat or fluttering in the chest;
  • unusual changes in mood or behavior; or
  • depression or suicidal thoughts.

Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to take levodopa and talk to your doctor if you experience

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about levodopa (Larodopa)?

Contact your doctor immediately if you experience uncontrollable movements of the face, eyelids, mouth, tongue, neck, arms, hands, or legs; severe or persistent nausea or vomiting; an irregular heartbeat or fluttering in the chest; or unusual changes in mood or behavior.

Use caution when driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities. Levodopa may cause dizziness or drowsiness. If you experience dizziness or drowsiness, avoid these activities.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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