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Dopa responsive dystonia, not able to control movement. Advice?

Hi I Chandresh Dave from Gujarat, India. My son (14 year) is a dopa responsive dystonia patient. Presently, he is given l-dopa 60 ml*5 times a day. However, these also does not fulfil his dopamine requirement and not be able to control movement. May I request you to please advise. Chandresh Dave YYYY@YYYY
Asked On : Wed, 24 Oct 2012
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Hi Chandresh,

Thank you for your query.

L-dopa has a very short half life meaning that the drug is metabolized very fast. It is for this reason that the drug is given very frequently, 5 times in your son's case. At the same time the dose cannot be increased depending on the movements. Hence, a balance has to be struck. With this information it shall be better for you to discuss with the treating doctor and adjust the dose and frequency accordingly.

I hope I have answered your query to your satisfaction.

Wishing your son all the best..


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