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What is Dopar?

Dopar is no longer available in the United States.

Dopar treats Parkinson’s disease (PD). The body converts Dopar into dopamine to increase the levels of the chemical in the brain. Low levels of dopamine in the brain result in tremors, muscle spasms, muscle stiffness, and poor muscle control in individuals affected by PD. Dopar improves symptoms of PD but does not cure the disease or stop its progression. Dopar is sold under the generic name levodopa. Dopar is taken orally and is available only with a prescription. Carbidopa is often combined with Dopar to delay the body’s conversion of Dopar to dopamine until the medication reaches the brain. This delay in converting Dopar to dopamine reduces the side effects that sometimes occur with Dopar use.

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