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sinemet has helped
backontop posted:
I had extreme stress as caregiver for two years and developed severe balance problems and leg weakness as well as extreme depression. I believe the first dose (two tablets daily) was too much and sent my blood pressure waaaay up. Am now on a stronger blood pressure med. I would like for my neuro to agree that a half tablet daily may be the place to start. My depression cleared for the first time in years balance is somewhat better. I am so thankful that I was prescribed Sinemet. I can deal with whatever problems I may have getting the right dosage.
njladyluck responded:
It is great that only 2 tablets daily is the answer to your problems!!! I take 6 tablets daily plus a patch and azilect. I have seen where many doctors allow patients to take the meds in any dose size as long as it winds up being the total dose for the day. If you want to try (and I have heard of people just taking one pill a day) take maybe 1-1/2 or 1 pill a day I would ask your Neuro if you can wean yourself to 1-1/2 or 1 pill a day and see how that works. I certainly know how my medication affects me and I need a dr. who is willing to work with me on my medications. I usually want less meds too and it always seems to turn out that my neuro is right with the amount I need but she always lets me take it how I want first and if it doesn't work I try it her way. LOL I work and commute to NYC so I need to be close to symptom free and the meds really do work for me. Isn't wonderful how the sinemet clears up our cognitive issues as well as the physical. My PD makes me very anxious and fearful but the sinement takes the fear a way. A lot of people have drs. that let them kind of take the amount of sinemet they want as long as it is less than instead of more than they prescribe. I go on another support group that talks about meds all of the time. it is called daily strength. If less doesn't work you can always go back to the dose prescribed.

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