Sinemet or D A ....?


#1

Am 57 years,  was diagnosed three years ago and have been on dopamine agonist for all that time. My neurologist has asked if I would like to go on to the sinemet.  I am nervous of doing this because of  dyskinesia that can result..... What are others experience of  taking the levedopa


#2

I am 58 and have been taking Sinemet for 16 years.  I have also taken dopamine agonists.  Out of the two, I'd much rather take just Sinemet.  The dopamine agonists have caused me a great deal of trouble.  To me, Sinemet is a good friend.  I fidget a bit, but I am okay with it.

Peter.


#3

I see very few people with dyskinesia at support groups meetings nowadays. I started on a DA, two years after diagnosis (Oct. 1999),  but eventually like everybody else, I was advised and wanted to go on Sinemet and have taken that now for 10+ years., no dyskinesia yet. I think careful  (go "low". go "slow") and only adding small increases over the years could be a factor., so could individuals' different sensitivity to levodopa, of course.

. I agree with Peter and find that there are fewer side effects with Sinemet. They are now my favorite pills, could not function without them.


#4

Agree with Kate and Peter, Sinemet has given me the fewest side effects although I also take 1x 8mg RequipXL. Best of both for me. A larger dose of Requip XL (14mg) seemed to give me brief hallucinations which stopped once the Sinemet was increased and the Requip XL reduced.


#5

Thanks for the info about Sinemet.  I was diagnosed with PD this week and my consultant prescribed Sinemet.  Having read the possible side effects I was very dubious about taking it but your comments have put my mind at rest.