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What is Duopa?

Duopa is a combination drug used to treat motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease, as well as similar symptoms caused by other illnesses (encephalitis or carbon monoxide poisoning, for example). Duopa is composed of levodopa and carbidopa; levodopa relieves tremors, stiffness, and slowness, and carbidopa prevents levodopa from being broken down in the body before reaching the brain. Duopa is an infusion drug, meaning it is given over a period of time each day via a pump; instructions for self-administering the medication must be followed carefully. Duopa is not intended for use by children; pregnant women or those nursing may be advised to avoid this drug. Side effects can be serious -- patients experiencing abdominal pain, prolonged constipation, nausea, vomiting, fever, or black or tarry stool should alert their doctor right away. 

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