Updated: Nov 20, 2021
Levodopa phobia is the avoidance of taking dopamine medication to treat PD. In the past, there has been concern that starting carbidopa levodopa early would increase the progression of PD and that this medication should only be used when absolutely necessary.
Several research studies have dispelled this concern. It has been found that taking a dopamine replacement therapy such as carbidopa levodopa will not increase the progression of PD.
It is now thought that initiating medication as soon as someone has motor symptoms of PD is beneficial. The addition of medication along with adding in exercise and making diet changes can help to minimize symptoms and assist with staying active.
It is helpful to think of this medication as a tool that allows you to move better so you can enjoy life!