Benserazide

Description

Benserazide is used in combination with levodopa to treat symptoms of Parkinson's disease in adults above 25 years of age. These symptoms may include shakiness, stiffness, and slowness of movement. It is not recommended for use in the treatment of drug-induced parkinsonism.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Benserazide

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Fever
  • Back pain
  • Muscle rigidity
  • Itching or rash
  • Confusion

Uses of Benserazide

What is it prescribed for?

  • Parkinson's Disease
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The amount of time required for this medicine to show its action is not clinically established.
  • Duration of effect
    The amount of time for which this medicine remains active in the body is not clinically established.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit-forming tendencies were reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known allergy to benserazide or any other inactive ingredient present along with it.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.
General warnings

Driving or operating machinery

Use of this medicine may cause symptoms such as dizziness, drowsiness, etc. in some patients. It is advised that you do not perform any activities such as driving a vehicle or operating machinery if you experience any of these symptoms.

Missed Dose

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next scheduled dose, skip the missed dose. Do not double your dose to make up for the missed one.

Overdose

Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Instructions

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Medicine

Aceclofenac

Atazanavir

Bupropion

Amikacin

Abacavir

Azathioprine

Aripiprazole

Disease interactions

Disease

Information not available.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Take this medicine exactly as advised by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts than advised/prescribed. Consult the doctor if you experience any undesirable side effects. Ensure that the treatment course is completed. Do not stop the use of this medicine without consulting your doctor.
Miscelleneous

Can be taken with or without food, as advised by your doctor

To be taken as instructed by doctor

May cause sleepiness

How it works
Benserazide prevents the breakdown of levodopa in the bloodstream and the stomach, which is effective in increasing the amount of levodopa available for transport to the brain.
Legal Status

Approved

Unknown

Approved

Approved

Classification

Category

Decarboxylase inhibitors, Antiparkinson agents

Schedule

Schedule H

Benserazide [Internet]. Pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. 2019 [cited 22 April 2019]. Available from:

https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/benserazide

Benserazide - DrugBank [Internet]. Drugbank.ca. 2019 [cited 22 April 2019]. Available from:

https://www.drugbank.ca/drugs/DB12783

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Information on this page was last updated on 17 May 2019

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