What is Madopar (Levodopa/Benserazide) used for?
Madopar (Levodopa/Benserazide) is an oral medication used to treat symptoms associated with Parkinson's disease. It operates by elevating dopamine levels in the brain to improve conditions such as stiff muscles, tremors, or difficulty moving. Your physician may also prescribe it to treat other conditions that are not listed here.
How should I use Madopar (Levodopa/Benserazide)?
Madopar (Levodopa/Benserazide) should be used according to your physician's instructions to get the best results from treatment. The normal dosage is one capsule taken once daily, but your individual instructions will depend on your health condition and the severity of your symptoms. Swallow these along with a large glass of water. They may be taken with or without food, but a meal or snack is suggested before use if you get an upset stomach. Do not open the capsules or dissolve their contents as this may destroy or alter the effects of their contents. Ask your pharmacist or physician any questions you have about using the medicine to ensure the correct administration.
What are the side effects of Madopar (Levodopa/Benserazide)?
Some patients using Madopar (Levodopa/Benserazide) may experience side effects such as:
Serious side effects that may require emergency medical attention include irregular heartbeats, chest pain, uncontrolled body movements, intense nausea or vomiting, depression, or signs of an allergic reaction such as hives, swelling, or trouble breathing. Stop using the medication and contact your physician immediately if any symptoms worry you or are intense to make sure the necessary adjustments are made to your application frequency or dosage to prevent further problems from occurring.
Madopar (Levodopa/Benserazide) should not be used to treat patients who are breastfeeding, pregnant, who have closed angle glaucoma, a history of skin cancer, severe psychotic illness, unexplained skin lesions, severe heart disease, endocrine disease, severe kidney disease, severe liver disease, or who have taken an MAOI medication within the last two weeks. Also inform your physician if you have open angle glaucoma, a history of heart attacks, history of peptic ulcers, arrhythmias, lung disease, asthma, history of epilepsy, cardiovascular disease, osteomalacia, kidney disease, or liver disease. These conditions may cause unexpected complications during treatment requiring special adjustments to your treatment.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Madopar (Levodopa/Benserazide). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.