Sleep problems with M/R Madopar?

Being a 63 year old female with Parkinson’s, you don’t get a lot of sympathy from the medical profession when you mention that you don’t sleep well. They ALL come back with - it’s your age. Grrrrrr! Anyway, a couple of times last week I forgot to take my 10pm Modified Release Madopar and I slept for 6 hours instead of my usual 3 hours asleep, 2 awake, then between 30 mins and 2 hours sleep again. I’ve learned to function on between 4 and 5 hours sleep. Anyway, I’ve not taken my 10pm tablet since and I am sleeping for 6 hours a night. I might wake momentarily but go back to sleep again within minutes. I always thought medication was at the source of my sleeplessness but didn’t realise it was that one specific tablet causing me grief. I’ve not taken anything else in its place and am feeling no ill-effects as a result of cutting down my dose so will continue along until things change. It’s pointless asking my Consultant because I haven’t seen him for over a year and heavens only knows when I will get a new appointment through. Also, we no longer have a Parkinson’s nurse for our area so thank goodness for this Forum!
Has anyone else had the same problem and solved it by cutting out their modified release tablet?

HI @Dollydlollop

Welcome back to the forum, I am sure you will receive lots of comments. I understand that you do not have a Parkinson’s nurse in your area, however if you contact our helpline on 0808 800 0303 or email [email protected] they can put you in touch with one of our Parkinson’s nurse for some general advise. I hope this helps.

Sue - Moderation team