levodopa

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levodopa (uncountable)

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  1. A naturally-occurring amino acid found in food, converted into dopamine in the brain and body, and administered clinically in the management of Parkinson's disease and dopa-responsive dystonia.
    • 2007 January 4, Denise Grady, “Studies Find Harm in 2 Parkinson’s Drugs”, in New York Times[1]:
      But Dr. Okun said it would cost no more to switch patients to the old Parkinson’s standby drug, L-dopa or levodopa, which has side effects of its own, but has never been known to damage heart valves.
    • 2012, Franz Hefti, ‎William J. Weiner, Progress in Parkinson Research (page 64)
      We have observed that treatment with bromocriptine and levodopa prolongs the antitremor effectiveness of levodopa in monkeys with unilateral VMT lesions of the brain stem.