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Tips for patients

How to take Parkinson medications

Taking the medications is the most important treatment for Parkinson’s disease because the medications are effective to enhance patient’s conditions. If patients have good responsibilities for taking medications such as taking medications with the right dosage and right time as physician directed, noticing the improvement of health conditions, observing the side effects of the medications and writing down the report for physicians, the treatment of Parkinson will be high effective. Additionally, physicians will have enough information to adjust the proper dosage for patients. For non-compliance problems related to not taking medications as directed by a physician, patients might feel no symptoms of the disease so they postpone the next dose of the medication. This causes the level of Levodopa in bloodstream

1. Dopaminergic drugs or Levodopa

Patients should take the medication at least 30 minutes before meal or empty stomach. Don’t take the medication with protein such as meat, eggs, milk, soy milk, beans…etc. Levodopa is categorized as one kind of protein so other kinds of protein may reduce the absorption of the medication. The side effects of Levodopa are nausea and vomiting. If patients experience nausea and vomiting, Carbohydrates will help relieve these symptoms. If it does not work, consult your doctor for anti-nausea medicines such as Domperidone 10 mg. Levodopa should be taken as scheduled according to doctors’ prescribing for the effective treatment.