Co-beneldopa is a medication used to treat the main symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, including tremors, slowness and muscle stiffness.
The medication is a compound of levodopa and benserazide, which are also both used on their own to treat Parkinson’s:
Levodopa is a chemical that your body converts into dopamine in the brain, it already occurs naturally in the body, so taking it as a medication simply serves to allow your nerve cells to make more dopamine – which the body lacks when suffering from Parkinson’s disease.
This part of the compound helps to limit the side effects you feel when taking levodopa, it does this by preventing the formation of dopamine outside of the brain itself.
Side Effects of Co-Beneldopa
As with any medication, some people taking co-beneldopa can experience unwanted side effects. These are usually mild and tend to go away by themselves, while some people may not experience them at all.
Before looking at the common side effects, it’s important to note that if you have noticed your urine, saliva or tongue have reddened slightly that this is normal with co-beneldopa and is not dangerous at all.
However, if you’re experiencing any of the following side effects and they do not go away by themselves, you should consult your GP or pharmacist for further advice:
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea and vomiting
- Dizziness when getting up (head rush)
- Issues with sleeping
- Twitching, twisting or writhing movements you can’t control (Dyskinesias)
For more information on the side effects of co-beneldopa, please click here to visit the official NHS website.
Order Your Co-Beneldopa with Healthera
If you’ve been prescribed co-beneldopa to help relieve your Parkinson’s disease symptoms, then you can now place your order online from your local pharmacy with Healthera.
It only takes a few minutes to set up your prescription for collection or home delivery, right to your door.
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