This information is generalized and not intended as specific medical advice. Consult your healthcare professional before taking or discontinuing any drug, changing your diet or commencing any course of treatment.
Most important. A change in your diet, medicine, or dosage is likely to be necessary. Promptly consult your doctor or pharmacist.
How the interaction occurs:
When food is taken with levodopa (L-dopa), protein in the food can interfere with absorption of this medicine into your bloodstream. Additionally, high blood levels of protein can interfere with transport of this medicine from your blood into your brain, where the medicine actually works.
What might happen:
The amount of this medicine that reaches your brain can vary depending on how much protein you eat. This may cause changes in your response to this medicine. Your Parkinson's Disease symptoms may reappear or worsen, depending on the amount of protein you eat.
What you should do about this interaction:
It is important to include enough protein in your diet. Do not limit or decrease the amount of protein in your diet without consulting your doctor. In fact, you may be instructed to take this medicine with food to avoid stomach upset (nausea or vomiting).Eat roughly the same amount of protein in your diet from day-to-day to maintain the effectiveness of your medicine. Consult your healthcare professional (e.g., doctor, pharmacist, or dietitian) for any specific instructions on your protein intake, and your overall diet, especially if your symptoms worsen.Your healthcare professionals may be aware of this interaction and may be monitoring you for it. Do not start, stop, or change your medicine or diet before checking with them first.
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