Levodopa is turned into dopamine in the body and increases the levels of the chemical in the body. It is used to treat Parkinson’s disease, which occurs when there are low levels of dopamine affecting the patient. Levodopa can treat symptoms such as stiffness, tremors, spasms and poor muscle control. It has also been prescribed to treat muscle conditions when they are caused by different drugs and medications. Levodopa can treat herpes zoster (shingles) and restless leg syndrome.

In a 2005 Mayo Clinic report, Levodopa was linked to compulsive behaviors such as gambling addictions, compulsive shopping and hypersexuality. These behaviors have been known to cause serious damage and injury to patients who have experienced them.

Serious side effects may include:

  • 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
  • Irregular heartbeat or fluttering in the chest
  • Unusual changes in mood or behavior
  • Depression or suicidal thoughts

Less serious side effects may include:

  • Mild nausea, vomiting, or decreased appetite
  • Constipation, dry mouth, or blurred vision
  • Hand tremor
  • Muscle twitches
  • Dizziness or drowsiness
  • Insomnia, confusion, or nightmares
  • Agitation or anxiety
  • Darkening of the urine or sweat
  • Fatigue

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