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Levodopa (Systemic)

Brand Names : Atamet, Larodopa, Sinemet, Sinemet CR, Apo-Levocarb, Nu-Levocarb, Carbidopa and Levodopa, Levodopa

Description and Brand Names | Before Using | Proper Use | Precautions | Side Effects

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Levodopa is used alone or in combination with carbidopa to treat Parkinson's disease, sometimes referred to as shaking palsy. Some patients require the combination of medicine, while others benefit from levodopa alone. By improving muscle control, this medicine allows more normal movements of the body.

Levodopa alone or in combination is available only with your doctor's prescription. It is available in the following dosage forms:

  • Carbidopa and Levodopa
    • Tablets (U.S. and Canada)
    • Extended-release tablets (U.S. and Canada)
  • Levodopa
    • Tablets (U.S.)

Brand Names

Some commonly used brand names are:

In the U.S. -

  • Atamet 1
  • Larodopa 2
  • Sinemet 1
  • Sinemet CR 1

In Canada -

  • Apo-Levocarb 1
  • Nu-Levocarb 1
  • Sinemet 1
  • Sinemet CR 1


For quick reference, the following medicines are numbered to match the corresponding brand names.

This information applies to the following medicines:
1. Carbidopa and Levodopa (kar-bi-DOE-pa and lee-voe-DOE-pa)‡§
2. Levodopa (LEE-voe-doe-pa)
‡ Generic name product may be available in the U.S.
§ Generic name product may be available in Canada


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Levodopa: Before Using

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