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  • Have you had to adjust your Levodopa dosage?

    Posted by Mary Beth Skylis on August 29, 2022 at 2:40 pm

    Recently, my dad told me that he hasn’t had to adjust his Levodopa dosage since he had the Deep Brain Stimulation surgery. Occasionally, he shifts the timing of the drugs, but the amount is the same. 

    Have any of you had to adjust your Levodopa dosage? If so, by how much? Can you tell when the dosage is off?

    Grey_Area replied 9 months ago 16 Members · 19 Replies
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  • George Sharp

    August 30, 2022 at 7:41 pm

    Hi there i have not adjusted my dosage as yet i find it depends on the day what you are doing if you are using your brain a lot or it is a bad day weather wise and you are siting watching TV not as i would call it a big mental day a lot then i some time miss my middle of the day pill and i find this happened quite a bit ,so i think in that respect i would have cut it down my dosage. But it is a good point you made i must put it to my doctor ,i take a Aziect at 10 and that is a very good pill and i believe if i was on these pills instead of the levodopa i would be lot better but that is for me to find out that could be a point for me to try it out .

  • Krukar

    August 31, 2022 at 5:44 pm

    Hi Mary Beth,

    I have been on C/L for close to 2 years. The research  says it’s effect decreases. Recently with the help of my Doctor I have added a bedtime extended release 50/200 dose.  With that I have reduced my Melatonin to 5 mg nightly. It has helped my sleep which is very important. I think it is critical to consult your Doctor for any changes. I hope that helps your Dad and others. Blessings, Mike


    • Autumn

      August 11, 2023 at 10:47 am

      George Sharp,

      I believe you are correct.  My neurologist started me on Azilect instead of Sinemet.  I have had Parkinson’s 6 years and my disease process has NOT progressed, I truly believe that.  Look at me, and you cannot tell that I have Parkinson’s.  I have a really awesome neurologist and now that I am taking sinemet, he approves of my cutting my sinemet in half and taking them more often, so that my serum levels of dopamine do not fluctuate as widely as if I took the medication on a “three times a day” regimen.  I take it a little more often, but it really keeps the tremor under control.  I am a pharmacy technician and I work in a hospital pharmacy.  I need my writing to be undiminished and my tremor to be at rest while I am making IVs in the clean room.  So I stay on top of my symptoms and monitor my handwriting.  Don’t want to be writing what I’ve made in the IV room to be cramped and tiny!

  • William

    September 1, 2022 at 4:08 pm

    I have been taking C/L for a few years. I started off on IR but soon started with dystonia in my foot (curled toes and cramps) so swiched to ER two tabs per 6 hours. Also tried rasagiline along the way but got serotonin syndrome and stopped. The ER worked fine for awhile but I found the first dose in the morning only lasted about 4 hours and subsequent doses about 5. I started mixing in an IR tab (leftovers!) as a bridge to the next timed ER dose and this worked for awhile but then got the dystonia back. (All of this in consultation with my neurologist). We then tried Rytary which was a Godsend for about 3 months but then of course I got one of the known side effects of irregular heartbeats and stopped.

    So long story now in the AM I take an immediate release 25/100 along with 1 ER 25/ 100 as it seems I am depleted in the AM. Two hours later a second ER 25/ 100. Then I time 5 hours from each dose for 1 ER. Seems to be working well to walk the tightrope between tremors and dystonia. I use the alarm clock on my phone to program the doses for the day. If I get tremors or dystonia I’ll adjust the timing a bit as it seems tremor for me is too little CL and dystonia is too much. I’m thankful I have a thoughtful neurologist and I should mention that I am a retired health care professional so he gives me some leeway in adjusting my meds as he says I do it in a “thoughtful way”. This may not be for everyone but it is working for me. Good luck to all.

  • Tony de Morée

    September 2, 2022 at 12:21 am

    Yes I do, almost on a regular basis. My body is like a clock, indicating On and Off periods.
    Depending on my activities during the day I take more L/D, never less.
    A good workout, like swimming, or walking 20 – 30 km, needs more Dopamine than binge watching. That’s obvious. AND for an hour’s walk I need more Dopamine too. AND don’t forget there are good days and bad days.

    • JB

      September 6, 2022 at 9:06 am

      That is identical to how my husband does his doses…. has to up 1/2 or 1 tab ER or IR when doing cycling or exercise.   Works well…..  He had DBS in 2012, not to the STN area but the GPI so his meds reduced a little in the beginning but now are back up to the same doses, if not more unfort.

  • Deleted User

    Deleted User
    September 5, 2022 at 2:12 pm

    Yes I do, with my Nuerologist’s complete backing.

    I find slow release Levadopa makes me feel depressed, where as fast release I feel great – whilst it is working. I take one first thing, then another midday (sometimes earlier) then  around 5pm, if I didn’t have this, my hands become almost unusable. I also am taking Sifrol in the am and Azilect in the pm.

    These are the current times that work for me plus I am still working. I do find if I do heavy labour (we are renovating our house,  for the progression of PD) I am far more energetic and it is better for my mental health.

  • Jo S.

    September 6, 2022 at 3:34 pm

    Do you mean since I started taking C/L? If so, yes — many times. However, since I started Rytary, I haven’t needed any real adjustments. I have, however, needed to increase one of my supplemental meds (gabapentin).

  • Judy Cimala

    September 7, 2022 at 3:42 pm

    My husband just had another adjustment to his C/L. He takes his meds  four times a day. 6 am. , 10 am. , 2pm. , and 6pm. His dosage is the same amount each time. It consists of both regular and extended release C/L. He still has a problem getting going after the 6am. dose. Usually feeling better by 9 am.

  • John Sanchelli

    November 8, 2022 at 5:28 pm

    I have had DBS surgery for 6 years and I am thinking about adjusting my levodopa usage to a single dose at night of half of a 100 mg pill for total of 50 mg once at night.

    Has anyone drastically reduced their dopamine after DBS? It has helped me with falling a lot less,

    • Gregg I Daniels

      March 22, 2023 at 7:09 am

      Right hand tremor and some minor left hand tremor are my main symptoms.  I have had PD for 11 years and got DBS 2 1/2 years ago. Prior to DBS I was taking 5-6 100/25 c/l  per day.  Since DBS I now take 0 to 1 100/25 c/l a day depending on physical or emotional stress, injury, or sometimes its just worse for no reason that I can identify. DBS and a competent programmer have made a huge difference for me.  I am 72 and still able to mountain bike and ride my dirt bike and street motorcycles without having to worry about timing my pills to control the tremor.

      • Mary Beth Skylis

        March 22, 2023 at 10:11 am

        Wow, that’s quite a difference in dosage. Did you find that DBS was worth it for you?

    • JB

      May 2, 2023 at 10:07 am

      Hi John, very interested in that you have been able to go down in Levadopa. My husband after DBS to GPI area in 2012, was able to at first reduce dosage a little but he is up to 2000mg per day of 200/50 CR (extended release) and 400mg per day of 100/25 Sinemet. It’s high supposedly for dose but apparently many people take A LOT more ‘mg’ than this.

      I’m really interested in the falls though you talk about being so much less. That’s fantastic. Do you really think it’s the less Sinemet? My husband is having around 10-15 falls per day and nothing helps AT ALL. We are trying physio therapy for falls, but it’s a nightmare. On other symptoms he is doing really well. Interested in anyone’s thoughts on falls. He is 61 years old and very mobile otherwise with exercise etc. Doesn’t make sense to us at all.

      • John Sanchelli

        May 2, 2023 at 10:28 am

        The falls were less initially.  However, they have returned after about a month or two of relief.

  • Mitchell Niese

    November 14, 2022 at 3:50 pm

    The first 6 months post DBS I was able to go without any medication. Recently I’ve begun taking 1 or 2 C/L per day. It helps with breakthru tremors and seems to help with stiffness and slowness enough to get a good workout, which always calms me and makes me feel better. Before DBS I was taking
    2 C/L 25/100 4 x per day and never felt as energetic as i do now, mainly because the tremors are now reduced 95%.

  • Michael

    March 18, 2023 at 10:16 am

    I am a newbie to PD. I was diagnosed in June 2022. I take 25 -100 three times a day and propranolol 40mg twice a day. The reason for propranolol was they think I have a bit of Essential tremor and PD. But the propranolol is a beta blocker and it slows my heart rate to 50. Thus I am tired all the time. I am considering DBS. I was hoping it would take me off the meds. Especially the Beta Blocker. Without the carbidopa/levadopa I would not be able to hold a glass of water. The meds work but really don’t like being tired a lot. I have always been an outside kind of guy, but after the morning and lunch, I have found naps. Which helps, but I have never been a napper. Now I am. My mother use to say I would skip naps because I was always afraid I would miss something. Now I don’t care. The nap makes me have more energy for the rest of the day and evening. At this point, I write fine, I have not fallen, my gait is good so most of my problems are tremor related. However, depending on the circumstance, my tremors can override the meds just for the time I am experiencing something that causes me anxiety. Like the dentist. But after the appointment, my tremors stop and revert back to being subdued. Someone tell me what the purpose of DBS surgery if your meds continue after the surgery. Can someone enlighten me. Thanks. Mike

    • Mary Beth Skylis

      March 22, 2023 at 10:14 am

      Michael, my dad has noticed the same trend with anxiety. He’s pretty sure that stress exacerbates his symptoms. Interesting that you’ve had a similar experience!

  • Gerald McCarty

    April 27, 2023 at 5:25 pm

    I had to decrease the time between doses and add continuous release tablets before bedtime.

    When will research give us a way to measure our Levadopa blood levels like diabetics measure their blood sugar?


  • Grey_Area

    October 19, 2023 at 1:41 am

    I started on Azilect alone in 2015. My neurologist told me about L-dopa and that some preferred to wait until the last minute before taking it.

    I was 48, and already feeling the rigidity. I decided to take it early, because you never know what else might happen to you and I didn’t want to spend my life “getting by” without L-dopa, only for fate to deny me the “better future” I’d promised myself.

    Most info says that L-dopa lasts 5-10 years. I’m 8 years in now and just about to hit the suggested 800mg per day maximum mark (that’s measured in just L-dopa amount, the carbidopa doesn’t “count”. It’s also a figure that it’s been almost impossible to get any of my medical professionals to admit to.)

    I started on three pills a day (300mg L-dopa). I’m now at 5 doses, and playing with the mix of controlled and standard release for best effect. Standard release seems to give me more dyskinesia, and I definitely need the controlled release at bedtime.

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